There is little doubt that change was needed in America's Finest City after the San Diego Chargers missed the playoffs last season for the third straight year.
So, change has arrived in the form of head coach Mike McCoy and general manager Tom Telesco, but will it be enough to lead the Chargers back to the promise land? More specifically, not sitting home once the postseason dance kicks off in January?
The Bolts get their first regular season taste of McCoy and Co. Monday evening as they play host to the defending AFC South champion Houston Texans. The game is the second half of Monday's doubleheader on ESPN, with old rivals Philadelphia and Washington kicking things off.
After capturing four consecutive AFC West crowns, the Chargers and their quest for a first-ever Super Bowl title bogged down the last three seasons under head coach Norv Turner and general manager AJ Smith. As a result, the team went in a different direction last off-season, bringing in McCoy from Denver and Telesco from Indianapolis.
While neither McCoy or Telesco will suit up, Charger fans are hoping that the two will pull the right strings this season, allowing the Bolts to compete for perhaps an AFC Wild Card bid, this given the fact that many experts all but have given Denver the division crown.
San Diego meets a Houston squad Monday evening that won its Wild Card game last season over Cincinnati, only to see its playoff hopes dashed with a loss in New England.
Finishing 12-4 a season ago, the Texans once again feature some upper echelon talent in the likes of Mission Bay High grad Arian Foster (running back), wide receiver Andre Johnson, defensive end J.J. Watt and inside linebacker Brian Cushing. Foster, who went on to Tennessee following his high school days in San Diego, ran for 1,424 yards and 15 TD's a season ago.
A victory Monday night for head coach Gary Kubiak’s squad could propel them to a good start to a five-week stretch of games, contests that involve match ups with Baltimore (Sept. 22), Seattle (Sept. 29), and San Francisco (Oct. 6).
Contest - Houston at San Diego
Network - ESPN
Spread - Texans are 3.5 favorites
Series History - Chargers lead 4-0
Prediction - Chargers 28-24