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Chargers Have Wishes Granted During Bye Week 


Wish two:  A.J. Smith jumped in and said, “Just give me back my starters!  It’s really getting old to have to keep driving downtown to The Tilted Kilt looking for guys who look athletic.”  POOF!!  The genie informed A.J. that the time off granted for wish number one would be ample time to get the vast majority of his team off of the injury list.  Brandon Siler, Larry English, Malcom Floyd, Legadu Naanee, Kris Dielman, and possibly kicker Nate Kaeding should all be back and ready to play on Monday night!

A.J. was thrilled until he found out that the genie couldn’t help Antonio Gates and Ryan Matthews.  “They will have to make it back on their own.  I have to be fair to the Broncos.  We want to see a good game, not a blowout.”

As it turns out, Gates is likely to play, but is listed now at 50-50.  Matthews’ ankle does not look like it will be ready by Monday, but the young back is claiming that he will be ready to play in his first home, Monday Night Football game.

Wish three:  Both men quickly yelled, “Have the Raiders lose to the Steelers and the Chiefs lose to the Cardinals!”  “Just a moment!” said the genie.  I don’t mind helping you out, but I’m not going to hand it to you.  The last thing you want is to go into the post season without being challenged (again).  I may be able to help you out with the Raiders this week, but it may take a genie with far more power than I to help the Cards win in K.C.”

Well there it is; the three wishes that were made after week nine by the San Diego Chargers.  To go with them, there were some other positive things that happened recently.  For instance:

  1. The Bolts, through necessity, had to find out that there are a few guys on the bench, and practice squad, who can actually play this game.  Offensive lineman Tyrone Green stepped up quite nicely for Dielman.  Veteran tight end Randy McMichael did an outstanding job of filling in for Antonio Gates.  Of course the sub that everyone is talking about, and trying to pronounce, is undrafted rookie receiver Seyi Arjirotutu.  “Tutu” did an outstanding job of taking over the receiver duties for both Legadu Naanee, and Malcom Floyd.   No matter what happens from here on out, it is nice to see that there is some depth on the Chargers.
  2. Hopefully a recent signing by A.J. Smith will pay off in the special teams department.  Patrick Watkins, former Dallas Cowboy Strong Safety, Patrick Watkins.  Watkins is a good sized defender who could help on defense, but more likely, he was brought in because of his ability to make tackles on special teams.
  3. The Broncos winning, in a big way, against the Chiefs last week will force the Chargers to take them seriously.  Looking past teams has been a big problem for the Bolts this year and in year’s past.
  4. Another positive that has come to the Charger lately is the rediscovery of Darren Sproles in the passing game.  With so many receivers being hurt, Norv was forced to find someone to throw to.  Turns out that Sproles still has some skills in that department and should continue to make teams prepare for him (especially Indy in week 12).

The only negative that I see going into week 12 for the Chargers is that it has been a long time since they have played and may start out rusty.  The players coming back from injury have been out even longer than the rest of the team.  A slow start against the Broncos put the Chiefs in a 35-0 hole before they knew what hit them.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some football!  I may have to listen to Hank Williams Jr. all weekend and just pretend that it is an extended version of the Monday Night Football theme song.

Enjoy the game!

Feel free to comment, I would love to discuss the Bolts with you.



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