This is it - the last of the 32 previews and by my count it's been 42 days, and I'm pretty happy to only be 3 days past the 30-some day mark - although it took a lot of work today to get everything finished up. And thanks again to DH and TH for their help with the Jets' and Raiders' previews.
Ron Burgundy: Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means a whale's vagina.
Veronica Corningstone: No, there's no way that's correct.
Ron Burgundy: I'm sorry, I was trying to impress you. I don't know what it means. I'll be honest, I don't think anyone knows what it means anymore. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago.
Veronica Corningstone: Doesn't it mean Saint Diego?
Ron Burgundy: No. No.
Veronica Corningstone: No, that's - that's what it means. Really.
Ron Burgundy: Agree to disagree.
I'm trying very hard to put aside the fact the Chargers lost today so I can write this preview with no bias. However, the fact that they looked a little soft today this is making it hard.
On paper the Chargers should be a prohibitive favorite to win the AFC this year. They have the talent - and they have LDT.
Something just seems to be missing from this team though - it's almost like they're missing an edge. And I think that starts with the coach - I still think the Norv Turner experience is going to end poorly in San Diego. Even though they were a couple torn knee ligaments away from making the Super Bowl last year.
The good thing for the Chargers is that they play in a division with Denver, Kansas City and Oakland - so that's 4-6 wins right there.
In all likely hood the Chargers win the AFC West - there probably won't be much of a challenge to them. I just don't think this is team that's built to win a Super Bowl, they just seem so soft to me - especially with Shawne Merriman's knee injury.