This is a great time of year to be thankful for what we have, where we have been, and what the future holds. Although the Chargers have lost their way a bit in recent years, the month of December still holds such incredible promise! This advent calendar is an attempt to hearken back to these days of December joy. Each day will bring a new advent from the Bolts’ history that makes it wonderful to be a Chargers fan.
Dec. 08: 2018 appears to be Whisenhunt’s year!
The Chargers offense has always some success with Philip Rivers under center. With the birthday boy heading into his 15th season with the franchise, Rivers has been consistent at making the Chargers look playable even in lost seasons.
After being fired by the Tennessee Titans, Chargers offensive coordinator needed a fresh start...kind of. Following being let go by the Arizona Cardinals, the Georgia native headed out to San Diego under Mike McCoy to become the Bolt’s offensive coordinator.
In 2013, Whisenhunt’s offense was dynamic, explosive and considered one of the best in the NFL. Ranking 4th in total offense, 4th in passing offense and 13th in rushing offense, the Whiz turned San Diego into a contender and helped bring them back to the postseason that season.
Then he left for Tennessee, the Chargers run offense struggled and the team has been stuck in a limbo of averageness since.
Oh but how Santa Claus saw how nice of a person Whisenhunt was and threw him a bone.
Entering his third year back with the organization, Whisenhunt’s magic has made the Chargers offense into one of the league’s best once again. Ranking 5th in total offense. 8th in passing offense and 11th in rushing offense, Whisenhut’s numbers actually are better than his successful 2013 campaign.
The big kicker however is the ability to take veteran talent and turn it into MVP caliber status. Rivers is now 37 but playing stronger than he did back when he was 32. In 2013, the future Hall of Fame gunslinger threw for 32 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions.
He’s on pace to throw for 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.
Austin Ekeler has seen his role grow similar to how Whinsenhunt used Danny Woodhead in 2013. A pass catcher first, Ekekler has collected three of his four total touchdowns through the air.
Whienshunt has also done a fantastic job transforming young talent into rising stars early on in their careers. Before the injury, Hunter Henry looked to be the next great tight end in the NFL thanks to his route running and red zone threat. Following a terrible rookie season, Mike Williams have proven to be a quality secondary receiver in Whiz’s offense. Even Melvin Gordon has turned his career around and become one of the best feature backs in the league.
With the news of Whisenhunt electing to stay in Los Angeles rather than head back home to coach Georgia Tech, it proves he’s invested in the team that has been nothing short of finding success under him.
This holiday season, don’t be a grinch and look at the terrible moments the Chargers have seen a points this season. Be cheery and joyful that thanks the Whisenhunt, Los Angeles could ready to make a trip down to Atlanta come February.