SDBoltReport.com has asked its readers to name the top ten San Diego Chargers for the upcoming season. It is obvious why the best player on the team LaDainian Tomlinson is important to the team, but this is about who needs to step up and take command this year. As we wind down the last few entries with the season almost upon us, we debut this week with Isaac Silva offering his version of the top ten:"> SDBoltReport.com has asked its readers to name the top ten San Diego Chargers for the upcoming season. It is obvious why the best player on the team LaDainian Tomlinson is important to the team, but this is about who needs to step up and take command this year. As we wind down the last few entries with the season almost upon us, we debut this week with Isaac Silva offering his version of the top ten:">

Top ten Chargers of 2004

In an effort to give back to the fans, <a href="http://sdboltreport.com">SDBoltReport.com</a> has asked its readers to name the top ten San Diego Chargers for the upcoming season. It is obvious why the best player on the team LaDainian Tomlinson is important to the team, but this is about who needs to step up and take command this year. As we wind down the last few entries with the season almost upon us, we debut this week with Isaac Silva offering his version of the top ten:

1. Donnie Edwards- Needs to establish himself as the leader of the defense in training camp, and prove to us all, that he can be "the man". The new 3-4 defense will allow Donnie to show us what he has got, he needs to be the backbone of the extensive linebacker core, and lead by example.

2. Quentin Jammer- Is a physical player that could very well be a force to be reckoned with, he needs to pick up where he left off late last season, and prove why he was the number one pick in ‘02. Jammer thrives in man coverage, he will have chance to excel in the new Wade Phillips defensive scheme.

3. Sammy Davis- If he can step up and play to his potential, the Bolts might have one of the youngest and most feared backfields in the league. He must be able to play the bump-n-run and contain the wide receivers. It can be done in the AFC west where there is a lack of high profile receivers.

4. Roman Oben-Is critical to the success of the O-line, he must lead by example and be the leader of the young squad. He must be able to provide coverage to the QB's blind side, and give him time to find the open man.

5. 2004 Drafts-The draft picks need to prove themselves early in training camp and carry it through the season. Nate Kaeding needs to continue his college success in the NFL and show fans why we used a third round pick on him. Igor Olshansky and Shaun Phillips will be immediate impacts on defense. Igor has the potential and size to be one of the elite DT's in the NFL, and has become a fan favorite in mini-camp. First round pick Philip Rivers must be able to adjust to the speed of the game and continue with his proven success, if he can adjust, the Chargers will be the success story of the 04 season.

6. Antonio Gates- Is a special player, he can block, is quick on his feet and has the ability to jump up for the ball in coverage and come up with it. Gates will be a household name half way through the season, and one of the QB's favorite targets.

7. Kassim Osgood-Has the size and speed to be a dominating force in the chargers receiver-by –committee squad. Needs to prove to us fans that he can be the go-to- guy, and open up holes for LT.

8. Eric Parker-Has shown signs of greatness if healthy. Eric has the quickness to run through the middle of the field and hold onto the ball. He is a breakout player waiting to emerge; he could very well do what Santana Moss did for the Jets in ‘03.

9. Toniu Fonoti-If healthy and if capable of managing his weight problem could very well be the most significant player on the O-line, he showed signs Of greatness in his rookie year opening up lanes for LT. We desperately need this giant back on the field.

10. Mike Goff- If he can continue doing what he did in Cincinnati for Corey Dillon, and Rudi Johnson, he will prove to be a solid FA pick up for the team, and he needs to bring stability to the young O-line.


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