For Bolts fans, the season is pretty much a wash. With the handful of games remaining, the Chargers will be lucky to win 2, maybe 3 games and end up second in the AFC West behind the Raiders (again, if were lucky). Then we can sit back and watch the playoffs without worrying if we will make it past the first round. But then what? Next year promises to be more of the same. A.J. will no doubt let Vincent Jackson slip away and in true A.J. form, his replacement will probably be some underperforming, injury prone player that came cheap. The O line will lack depth and halfway through the season Rivers will be picking himself up off the turf with ever increasing regularity, Antonio Gates will get rounder and more irrelevant, special teams still won't be so special, and we will become more and more comfortable living with the excuses. Sadly, Norv will probably be gone and replaced by a coach that A.J. will have securely under his thumb. Bright spots? You betcha! Rivers is in his prime and will show that he is still El Capitan, Vincent Brown is a diamond in the rough (and getting better every game), and our running back trio of Hester/Tolbert/Mathews are the equal of any in the league. But unless some fundamental changes are made, the San Diego Chargers will continue to be a team that players only sign with if there isn't any better offer out there. A team that is continually at war with its GM (does this sound familiar to any Detroit Lions fans out there?). I realize that Dean Spanos isn't a football guy and never will be, but if he wants to hang on the coattails of a team that can live up to its hype, then he needs make changes and those start at the top. A.J. Smith needs to go and he needs to go now. He has had far too many years to prove himself, and the only one that thinks he is doing a superb job is his ego. Until he is gone and replaced by a guy that truly understands football and the people that play and coach it, the San Diego Chargers will remain a 'might have been that never was'.
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