Chargers 2010 Schedule announced

Week Date Matchup Kickoff (PT) TV Travel Package
W1 Sat. Aug. 14 CHICAGO 6:00 PM KFMB/KCBS
W2 Sat. Aug. 21 DALLAS 6:00 PM KFMB/KCBS
W3 Fri. Aug. 27 @ New Orleans 5:00 PM CBS
W4 Thur. Sept. 2 @ San Francisco 7:00 PM KFMB/KCBS
W1 Mon. Sept. 13 @ Kansas City 7:15 PM ESPN
W2 Sun. Sept. 19 JACKSONVILLE 1:15 PM CBS
W3 Sun. Sept. 26 @ Seattle 1:15 PM CBS
W4 Sun. Oct. 3 ARIZONA 1:15 PM FOX
W5 Sun. Oct. 10 @ Oakland 1:15 PM CBS
W6 Sun. Oct. 17 @ St. Louis 10:00 AM CBS
W7 Sun. Oct. 24 NEW ENGLAND 1:15 PM CBS
W8 Sun. Oct. 31 TENNESSEE 1:05 PM CBS
W9 Sun. Nov. 7 @ Houston 10:00 AM CBS
W10 @ Bye
W11 Mon. Nov. 22 DENVER 5:30 PM ESPN
W12 Sun. Nov. 28 @ Indianapolis* 5:20 PM NBC
W13 Sun. Dec. 5 OAKLAND* 1:05 PM CBS
W14 Sun. Dec. 12 KANSAS CITY* 1:15 PM CBS
W15 Thur. Dec. 16 SAN FRANCISCO 5:20 PM NFLN
W16 Sun. Dec. 26 @ Cincinnati* 5:20 PM NBC
W17 Sun. Jan. 2 @ Denver* 1:15 PM CBS

2010 NFL Draft Thursday April 22nd

The Bolts are in desperate need of a good draft.  RB, DT and CB top the list.  The NFL draft is Thursday, April 22nd at 4:30pm PST.

LT says “I’m not coming back”

The San Diego Union Tribune reported in an interview with LT today his playing days with the Chargers are over.  As reported by SDUT Tomlinson said, “I don’t believe I’ll be back in San Diego.  I’ve accepted it”

In March of last year, the Chargers restructured LT’s contract and resigned him through 2011.   LT’s lack of performance on the field in the 2009 season forces the Chargers and LT to come to a difficult decision.  For the first time in his 9 year career with the Bolts,  Tomlinson ran for less than 1000 yards.  Some of the blame for that can fall on the fact he was injured in the 1st game of the ’09 regular season against the Raiders on MNF, missing games in weeks 2 and 3.  The O-line was patched up.  Also, the team’s offensive philosophy was driven primarily by their strength, the passing game.  LT didn’t have one game where he rushed for over 100 yards this season.

But the fact remains, LT’s yards per carry in the ’09 regular season was a paltry 3.3 ypc.  That’s a full yard less than his career avg of 4.3 ypc and 2 yards below his peak of 5.3 ypc in 2003.

more photos of LT at Qualcomm Stadium.

Any genuine Chargers fan will continue to admire and respect LT for what he’s accomplished with the Bolts and for the city of San Diego.  LT was the franchise’s most valuable building block recovering from a disastrous 1-15 season in 2000 making the Chargers 5-time AFC West title champions during his career in SD.

Future HOF’er Ladainian Tomlinson’s achievements over the last 9 seasons will be remembered for years to come.  I”m proud to have witnessed some of his greatest moments as a season ticket holder during his run in SD.  He will be sorely missed.

Sundays will not be the same at Qualcomm Stadium.  Best of luck to you LT!

Saints vs. Colts SuperBowl XLIV

Maybe this is just what the Bolts need.  Watch former Charger QB Drew Brees lead the Saints from the NFC South cellar (3-13 in 2005) to a SuperBowl victory in 2010.

The unthinkable just might happen.  And I believe it will.

The Colts are currently 6 point favorites over the Saints.  Manning is expected to lead his team to another SuperBowl win and it looks like the SuperBowl betting public believes this to be true.   The line opened at the Colts -5.

IMO this game is going to be much like the Vikings / Saints NFC Championship.  Both teams come in with powerful offenses.  But, I think the edge goes to the Saints due to their takeaway ratio +6 in the playoffs and +11 in the regular season.  The Colts are +3 in takeaways in the playoffs and +2 in the regular season. Also, the Colts have allowed Manning to be sacked 4x in two playoff games where Brees has only been sacked once.

The Saints have a respectable running game which will help them keep the ball out of Manning’s hands.  But even if it is a shootout, Brees will hang tough.  Brees led the league during the regular season in passer rating and completion percentage.  He also threw for more TD’s and less INT’s than Peyton Manning.

The Saints +6 points is a gift. (the line has recently moved back to +5)

Chargers save their worst for last

Another golden opportunity wasted.  This team did just about everything wrong after a bye week and plenty of time to prepare.  Penalties, turnovers, missed FG attempts, missed tackles, unsportsmanlike conduct?  really??

The Bolts picked a bad time to have their worst performance of the season.  The Jets deserve to move on.  They stuck to their game plan and the Chargers gave them every opportunity to stay in the game.

In what may be LT’s last game in SD, I really didn’t expect Norv to try and run him up the middle as many times as he did.  Our running game is just not effective at all, hasn’t been all year.  Why try to pound the ball up the middle against the best defense in the league? LT had 12 rushes for 24 yards.  ugh

LT dejected in his post-game interview and wouldn’t answer any questions about coming back next year.  He’s been the face of the Chargers for the last 9 seasons.  It’s painful to watch.  Every Charger player and fan was expecting this to be the year for a Charger Super bowl betting appearance and possibly a championship.

Charger fans did not see this coming.  The Chargers rolled into the playoffs with an 11 game win streak a lot of momentum and confidence but  looked like they were playing a pre-season game that didn’t matter.

Enjoy the off-season Chargers.  And for the guys who made the pro-bowl, enjoy your trip to Miami where Kaeding will probably go a perfect 4-4 in FG attempts in a game that doesn’t count for anything.

Chargers host the Jets Sunday

The Jets came out of Cincy with a win against the Bungles. Carson Palmer looked terrible and Jets were able to do enough damage running the ball, minimizing Sanchez’ exposure late in the game.

On paper, the Bolts / Jets game looks to be a close one.  But, I expect the Chargers to put up a lead early forcing the Jets to get away from running the ball.  The Bolts opened as 7.5 point favorites at home.

The Chargers defense is hugely underestimated.  They have 35 sacks on the year compared to the Jets 32 and the Bolts are +8 in turnovers compared to NY’s +1.

Philip Rivers has been iceman in the pocket facing blitzes all year.  He has more passes for +20 yards than anyone in the league (64) with 28 TD’s and only 9 INT’s.  The Bolts just have too many weapons on offense to defend.  They are a defensive coordinator’s nightmare.

Sanchez is ranked 28th in passer rating (63.0) with 12 TD’s and 20 INT’s.  Force the Jets to trade TD’s with the Chargers and this could be a blowout.

This game could be LT’s last game in SD regardless of the outcome.   This is the healthiest he’s been leading into the playoffs for quite some time.  Let’s hope LT has a big game this Sunday.

Chargers sweep the NFC Least

The Bolts sat their offensive starters for most of the game leaving it up to the Chargers practice squad who took it to the redmen in a come from behind victory 23-20.

Volek was 19-20 for 216 yds including a 50 yard bomb to Malcom Floyd, 1 TD and 1 INT.  Michael Bennett had 100 yards of total offense rushing/receiving.  Buster Davis had 6 catches for 52 yards.

With that win, the Chargers sweep the NFC Least and finish the 2009 regular season with a 13-3 record.

Week 9 / Chargers > Giants 21-20

Week 10 / Chargers > Eagles 31-23

Week 14 / Chargers > Cowboys 20-17

Week 17 / Chargers > Redskins 23-20

Thanks for comin’ out.

The Bolts have a bye week and will play either the Patsies, Bungles or Jets on Sunday January 17th dependent on the outcome of this weekend’s Wild Card playoff games.