A Midsummer Night's Countdown: 25 Days

Posted by Tosten Burks | 6/30/2008 04:16:00 PM | 0 comments »

The middle of the baseball season is unbelievably boring. Especially when your team, in my case the Padres, sucks. I end up sitting around watching, I'm ashamed to admit, Arena Football. What can I say, as a Padres fan, seeing teams actually score a lot is a refreshing change.

But for all those not buying into to the AFL, I'm going to antagonize you and count down down every single, long day until the (real) football season starts. With every day, I'll pair the number of days left until training camp (or the actual season, or a preseason game, not every number will work, so there will be some reaches) starts with a stat or an analysis that has to do with the Chargers.

And awaaay we go.

25 days until the start of training camp.

25 is the ripe age of Vincent Jackson, who is possibly the player most needed by the Chargers to step up their game for this 2008 season.

VJax finally played like the stud the Bolts expected him to be last year in the playoffs, and for San Diego to continue to improve their passing game, Jackson will need to maintain that high level. Rivers, who still seems like he could blossom but hasn't broken out yet as hoped, needs all the weapons he can get, especially if Gates's injury prevents him from being able to play at the start of the season.

The offense gelled at the end of last year, partly because Chris Chambers continued to acclimate to the new system, but also because Vincent developed into a solid option who can go deep and come across the middle. If he can be a solid #2 receiving option good for 800 yards and 6 or 7 scores, Rivers will be more comfortable, Chambers will be open more, defenses won't be able to key in on LDT and the running game as much, and San Diego's offense will stand as one of the best in the league. That might be important if they're going to make a Super Bowl run.