The Chargers are selling super sunshine at Chargers Park, with a new general manager, coach and approach to doing business. That's all fine and dandy, and we welcome Tom Telesco, the general manager, and Mike McCoy, the coach. We extend a hand and present a burning question: When will the Chargers return to the Super Bowl? The Chargers, a team which has missed the playoffs three straight years? The Chargers, a squad which has advanced to one Super Bowl in franchise history and got its doors blown off by the 49ers? Telesco and McCoy are green, but not naive enough to offer specifics. So we'll help, and explain two ways the Bolts embrace a Roman numeral game. I hate to shed Philip Rivers, but this has to do with a quarterback currently sitting in class at Texas A&M. Imagine this. It's 2015 and the Chargers shock everyone after Johnny Manziel surprised no one by turning pro following his junior year. The Chargers complete a blockbuster deal by trading Rivers, linebacker Donald Butler, retired team President Dean Spanos' La Jolla home and Del Mar Country Club membership, and two first-round picks for the No. 1 selection, and rights, to Johnny Football. But Manziel, a three-time Heisman Trophy winner, isn't the player he was at Texas A&M – he's better. With Manziel moving the Chargers into the 21st century by playing the position with his legs as much as his powerful arm, the Chargers' offense is unstoppable. The defense? Not so much with the loss of Butler and a secondary which still shows but one decent player – Eric Weddle. But linebacker Melvin Ingram becomes an All-Pro, rushing passers with a tenacity many thought he had, but often wondered if it would ever show.
Keys to a Chargers Super Bowl
San Diego Union-Tribune | Feb 4