Top Ten Chargers of 2004
10: Nate Kaeding: He scores points! In a nutshell if he is successful we will win more games. There were so many opportunities to put up points the last few seasons that we bypassed for lack of a consistent kicker. The more success Nate has the more wins will be racked up on our side.
9: Kevin Dyson: The Music City Miracle. The man has speed and good hands. If he can regain his form of two seasons ago he could be the answer at the #1 WR spot. He needs to be consistent and catch the ball, something we have lacked at that position for a long time. His experience should help everyone at the position and he needs to be a veteran leader on this team.
8: Ben Leber: Most of the defense needs to step up but since the first six or seven games of his career he has been lackluster and pedestrian. It is time for him to assume his role as a veteran linebacker with speed and toughness. Coming from his spot in the 3-4 he should be awarded opportunities to shine and has to take advantage of them.
7: Adrian Dingle: Raylee and Marcellus are gone. He is now the #1 man on the outside. He has shown flashes of brilliance in the past and he now must perform consistently and competently. An 8 - 10 sack season from this position will greatly effect the performance of the rest of the defense.
6: Mike Goff: A steady consistent vet who needs to make this line his own. He is a drive blocker who will open up some lanes for LT and must be a leader among the O linemen. This unit is starting from scratch and the new guys that we brought in have to step up and establish the kind of line that this will be.
5: Terrence Kiel: He has the opportunity to make a difference and he has to step up to the challenge. He has the tools, the temperament and the talent to make a mark in this backfield and he has to let the league know who he is. The deep middle of the defense was once a dangerous place for opponents to be and Kiel needs to reincarnate that fear and apprehension once again.
4: Phil Bogle: Another lineman who has to come into his own. Working with the new vets and growing from his tremendous rookie season it is time for him to mature and become an integral part of this o-line unit. He must gel with the other linemen and take complete control over his position.
3: Roman Oben: Perhaps more than any other addition to the roster, Roman needs to continue his consistent play and lead this line as well as this team. He may very well be the cog around which this offense revolves. Solid consistent play from this veteran will turn this line into a significant force.
2: Quentin Jammer: His time is now. He must become the shut down corner that we are all waiting for him to be. He is a veteran now and must become a consistent contributor as a pass defender and run stopper.
1. Sammy Davis: If Jammer steps up and becomes the #1 corner on the team Davis will become the #1 target. He must grow from last season and not only be around the ball as it arrives but be in position to knock it down or intercept. The play of Davis and Jammer will determine the strength of this defense.
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