I wrote this article last year and emerged a mediocre 8-8. Similarly, the Chargers have been relatively ordinary themselves with records of 9-7, 7-9, 8-8, and 9-7 over the past four seasons, respectively. Granted, a late-season five-game winning streak earned them a wildcard spot and the surprise win (yes, surprise, I've been a fan way too long!) over the Cincinnati Bengals was an added bonus to an otherwise tepid season except for the epic win in Denver.
With the recent release of the 2014-2015 NFL schedule last week, the speculation has begun. Whereas teams such as the Broncos and the Jets have been very active in their offseason acquisitions, the Chargers have been less so, signing RB Donald Brown, QB Kellen Clemens, LB Kavell Conner, TE David Johnson, and CB Brandon Ghee after releasing/waiving CB Johnny Patrick, CB Derek Cox, and FB Le'Ron McClain; and not signing DT Cam Thomas, QB Charlie Whitehurst (I hope Clemens does as good a job holding the clipboard on the sidelines), WR Danario Alexander, and RB Ronnie Brown. San Diego also re-signed several players including, of particular note, LB Donald Butler, S Darrell Stuckey, G Chad Rinehart, WR Seyi Ajirotutu, and CB Richard Marshall. They also restructured some contracts: WR Eddie Royal, OLB Jarret Johnson, and OLB Dwight Freeney, to name a few.
So, without further ado, here are my (along with the input of some friends--thanks Tino O and Steve Alexander!) predictions for the upcoming season.