2013-14 San Diego Chargers Schedule and Keys to Success

Chargers Training Camp 2013With Training Camp underway (beginning on the 25th of July) the Chargers look to iron out any kinks they may have at this point in time. They also look to finalize their roster and pencil in their starters for the 2013-2014 NFL Season.

During this time of the NFL offseason is generally when fans and NFL Experts begin to make their season predictions about which team will be sitting atop each ‘Division’, and the even bigger task, atop each ‘Conference’. Many also begin their Fantasy Football season. San Diego signed some major additions to the team, however, they lost many other important players as well. This year’s Chargers team has a lot of questions to answer. Here is a look at the 2013-2014 San Diego Charger season and what to expect. 

Mid-season hero Danario Alexander will return to Chargers

San Diego Chargers v Denver BroncosThe Chargers gambled last year by signing wide receiver Danario Alexander, and it sure has paid off. Alexander became Philip Rivers #1 target and San Diego’s threat to score mid-way through the 2012-2013 season. He also was a dependable target in big time situations. Which earned trust of not only Philip Rivers, but the coaching staff and players.

Keenan Allen brought into San Diego family

NFL: San Diego Chargers-Rookie MinicampNow that part of Philip Rivers problem is gone by drafting D.J. Fluker, its time to give him some weapons to target. The Chargers draft Keenan Allen in the third round to help out Philip Rivers. 

Manti Te’o to the San Diego Chargers. Is this a good fit for Te’o?

Manti Te'o

Freshly drafted rookie Manti Te’o has had a rough past couple of months. Although at the time it seemed none of it would have been this way. He started off from a red hot fire and since then its burned down to just a coal. However, there is still some heat to that coal. Te’o is looking to transfer that coal, and all the bad luck with it, back into a fire. 

Chargers pick OT Fluker with 11th pick in 2013 Draft

D.J. Fluker

The best way to improve an offense is by upgrading your offensive line. Which the Chargers desperately need to do. I don’t know a better way to do it than in the NFL Draft.

With the 11th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected D.J. Fluker from the University of Alabama.

Chargers, Nick Novak reach contract agreement

Nick NovakNick Novak and the San Diego Chargers have agreed to four more years together.

Novak took over as starting kicker after Nate Kaeding tore his ACL during the 2011 season. Kaeding was injured on the opening kickoff of 2011 against the Minnesota Vikings.

You might ask,”How in the world could he have injured his knee on a kickoff?” However, Vikings return-man Percy Harvin ran 103 yards for a touchdown, Nate Kaeding tried to stop him, but tore his ACL in the process.

Ever since that horrific play, Nick Novak has stepped in and made a huge impact. Last season he made 18 out of the 20 field goals he attempted, the two missed attempts were for 50+ yards. He scored 87 total points for his team. Novak was a 90% kicker, earning him the eighth highest ranking in the NFL. He also has the third highest rating in San Diego history.

He has signed a four year contract for $6.6 million. The contract includes a $1.5 million signing bonus.

The Chargers have also re-signed long-snapper Mike Windt, along with kick-returner Richard Goodman to maintain special teams success. Novak also will have his holder (Charlie Whitehurst) returning.

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