The San Diego Chargers have embarked on a new direction this season with new head coach Mike McCoy, and a new attitude that will hopefully bolt the Chargers into a winning atmosphere.
McCoy also added the offensive mind of Ken Whisenhunt who has had a great deal of success with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Whisenhunt will be apart of the offensive attack that McCoy plans for this Charger team behind QB Philip Rivers.
One of the most impressive offensive combos to watch for this season will be the Rivers-Ryan Mathews connection. I had an opportunity to watch those two in training camp, I was thoroughly impressed. Many defenses will be certainly on their toes if these two can continues to be on the same page as well as healthy. Matthews is a truly a bright spot for the Chargers this season.
The offense doesn't stop there, they have added Vincent Brown who's explosiveness and ability to read coverages and makes him a complete threat. His true first year playing in the league since an ACL injury sidelined him the entire 2012 season. Along with Cal rookie Keenan Allen who has shown a great deal of promise in camp, and a work ethic uncanny to many in the league. Eddie Royal is the team's best slot option and will open up the offense for Rivers during this season.
Antonio Gates who was listed as day to day in camp, will be a force to cover during the regular season at the tight end position. This team has way too many weapons not be successful this season and avoid another 7-9 season.
When Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown get more incorporated in the offense starting Week One, this team has all the making of being an offensive juggernaut. Question is will the talent level on paper translate to the field week in and week out.
On Saturday coach Mike McCoy was not pleased with the offense at all.
Even though Manti Te'o was sidelined for about week due to a foot injury, signing veteran and former Indianpolis Colt Dwight Freeney was the sharpest move. Freeney will definitely be able to help Te'o on and off the field and adjust to NFL life.
The defense on Saturday looked very solid, and if they can stay on one accord throughout the season, this Charger team will truly give the favorite Denver Broncos a challenge they didn't expect for the AFC West title.