Chargers following Steelers' QB blueprint

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CPiSS (Chargers Post Season Syndrome)
Staff member
Mar 5, 2006

By Kevin Acee
October 5, 2006

This is as good a time as any to point out that the Chargers said from the day Philip Rivers was named their starting quarterback that they would probably look a bit like the Pittsburgh Steelers this season.

It's a fine time to talk about it, because the Steelers come to town this weekend. And, also, because the Chargers do, in fact, look a lot like them.

From Marty Schottenheimer to LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chargers said this spring and summer that they expected to run more in 2006.

Many within the organization invoked the names of Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers as a template for having success with an inexperienced quarterback. And it is a good model, for sure, since Roethlisberger won his first 14 NFL starts, the Steelers went to the AFC Championship Game that season and then won the Super Bowl last season.