Fitness Key to Chargers Success

By Rik English  |   Thursday, August 06, 2009  |  Comments( 0 )

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The San Diego Chargers have started their preparations for the 2009 NFL season in a bid to claim their first Super Bowl.

The Chargers have started the past few seasons as favorites to take the AFC West division and have lived up to those expectations for the previous three seasons.

Now the San Diego faithful expect an AFC Championship and a trip to the Super Bowl.

INJURIES

Under the guidance of head coach Norv Turner, southern California's lone NFL Franchise has made it to the playoffs in consecutive campaigns.

At crucial times in the season and throughout the playoffs, Turner's team has suffered injuries to key starters; most notably, LaDainian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers, and Shawne Merriman.

FULLY FIT AT CAMP

All three are currently attending training camp and hope to start the season 100% healthy.

Veteran line backer Shawne Merriman is being eased back into training camp after missing most of last season with a blown out knee.

Rookie linebacker Larry English is looking sharp at camp as is back-up running back Darren Sproles. English is enjoying his time in the San Diego sun and told Chargers.com; “I feel like I’m picking things up and really learning.”

BLEND OF YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE

If the Chargers can avoid injuries this year, they should be in serious contention for Super Bowl XLIV.

The promotion of defensive coach Ron Rivera became the focal point to San Diego making a late charge into the playoffs last year.

The Chargers defensive roster is looking good.

The lineup consists of the experienced Merriman, Stephen Cooper and hotly tipped rookie English in the linebacker position, with Quentin Jammer, Eric Weddle and Antonio Cromartie developing a solid understanding in the secondary.

The potent Chargers offense has the potential to score lots of points under the guidance of maturing quarterback Philip Rivers.

Running backs Tomlinson and Sproles should pick up plenty of yards and Jacob Hester should make an impact this year.

Under pressure situations, Rivers has the reliable hands of tight end Antonio Gates to call upon, and wide receivers Vincent Jackson, Chris Chambers and Malcolm Floyd have been showing real potential.

FLORIDA BOUND?

If the Chargers franchise wants to go to Miami and take a shot at Super Bowl XLIV they have to keep a clean bill of health.

With a fully fit roster coinciding with a blend of youth and experience, the Chargers could go all the way.
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