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Key to the future

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    <!--ClickabilityRefresh=10m--><!--- SAFE:SafeMode --->LT, Merriman, Rivers, Gates and 21 other Chargers are locked up through 2009 or longer

    By Kevin Acee
    January 27, 2007
    As A.J. Smith sat shivering in the hard, cold aluminum bleachers of Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., watching Senior Bowl practices this week, well-wishers occasionally approached to offer congratulations on a fine season.

    The Chargers general manager would nod, give a quick thanks and then effectively dismiss the praise thusly: “We just didn't get it done.”
    Chargers players, coaches and executives have mourned along with fans the past two weeks. Those who have been around awhile know how difficult it will be to win 14 games and earn the No. 1 seed in the playoffs again.
    But, even from the ashes of their anguish, those inside the franchise were able to look ahead.
    “Obviously, they're building something here they want to last,” veteran tackle Roman Oben said a few days after the season ended in a 24-21 playoff loss to New England.
    Oben pointed to the four successive playoff appearances by Jacksonville in the late 1990s, Buffalo's four straight Super Bowl appearances in the early '90s and Indianapolis' current run of five straight postseason appearances, which will culminate in next week's Super Bowl.
    “They want to build that here,” Oben said.
    Earlier this month, Colts President Bill Polian recalled the decision by former Chargers GM John Butler to trade down and draft LaDainian Tomlinson in 2001 and Smith turning Eli Manning's obstinacy in '04 into the acquisition of a Pro Bowl quarterback, Pro Bowl linebacker and Pro Bowl kicker. Polian called those two moves “keystrokes of genius for what clearly is the best team in football.” While the Chargers will not be in Super Bowl XLI, it has become evident they are built to have a chance to be in XLII and XLIII, XLIV

  2. Lightning's Girl

    Lightning's Girl Mod Chick =) Staff Member Moderator

    Jan 15, 2007
    There is more than enough talent on this team to take us into the Super Bowl next year, and the year after that, and probably even the year after that. What happened in the playoffs was awful, but that's what happens when you win 14 games and get too cocky---you think you're invincible, and then you go out and play like a high-school team.:icon_sad:

    Next year we'll be smarter. I have faith in that. Now, if I just had a little more faith in Marty........:no:
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  3. mapcap55

    mapcap55 BoltTalker

    Aug 21, 2006

  4. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2006
  5. reddenedbeard

    reddenedbeard Well-Known Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Need some Douglas Adams love.. :yes:
  6. cranberry

    cranberry BoltTalker

    Oct 3, 2006
    I think our players have been a little bit nervous against NEP and
    not feeling too invincible. Just two or three situations going the other way - we won. I believe in that team too Marty has one year
    to get them the Lombardi trophy and AJ Smith should start looking
    for a head coach in 2008.

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