Sorry that there were few posts in the past couple of weeks, honestly my plan was to post the best of 2008 list but a trip to San Francisco to visit friends and family in Pacifica limited computer time. Now that I am back, I would like to point out that the San Diego Chargers were one of the best sports stories of 2008. The Chargers had a very underwhelming and terrible season as they began the 2008 campaign without their best defensive player Shawn Merriman who had to be operated on both knees. Without Merriman who contributed 33.5 sacks last year and is a monster on the defensive end position, SD lost most of its pass rush and defensive cordinator Ted Cotrell was fired mid season.
After losing too many close games to count, SD found itself outside looking into the playoffs with an abyssmal 4-8 record and an outside shot of making the playoffs. Just when it looked like the Denver Broncos would run away with the western division, they fell flat losing all their December games and the Chargers caught fire winning all of theirs. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a better team in December games than the Chargers who have won 14 straight dating back to 2005. San Diego took their momentum into the playoffs and won last Saturday’s Wild Card game against the heavily favored Indianapolis Colts in thrilling fashion, an overtime touchdown run by Darren Sproles who had over 300 all purpose yards led to a second round fight with Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. Nobody gives the Chargers a chance against the Steeelrs but I am going to tell you why they have a chance to win:
1. The Chargers are on a roll, the Steelers are not necessarily on one, even though they are tough to beat at home
2. Pittsburgh QB Ben Rothlisberger is injured, absorbing a big hit in last week’s game. He may not be 100 percent
3. The Chargers’ defense has come to life under new coordinator Ron Rivera and gave up only one big play vs. Payton Manning and the Colts
4. Darren Sproles! Go Bolts!!!