The Chargers will win the Super Bowl

It's a victory that has been more than 46 years in the making. Finally, after so many close calls – and many more not so close – the Chargers will win the first Super Bowl in franchise history. The win will be a fitting climax to LaDainian Tomlinson's season for the ages and will guarantee Marty Schottenheimer a well-deserved spot in the Hall of Fame.

San Diego has no discernable weaknesses. Critics will point to the inexperience of Philip Rivers, but when a Pro Bowl quarterback is your biggest weakness you are in pretty good shape. Additionally, Rivers has a history of playing his best when the stakes are the highest. As a collegian, he was the MVP of five bowl games.

Another reason some are reluctant to jump on the bandwagon is Marty Schottenheimer's dubious 5-12 postseason record. Again, it is a testament to just how good the Chargers are when Schottenheimer - a Coach of the Year candidate and a member of the five-deep 200-win club – is viewed as the teams Achilles' heel. Despite conspiracy theories to the contrary, he doesn't just forget how to coach once the regular season ends.

The Chargers are the most complete team in football. LaDainian Tomlinson is utterly unstoppable, as year after year he converts the league record books into his personal biography. Antonio Gates is another All-Pro who dominates games and makes opponents pay for focusing too much attention on Tomlinson.

"We're at home. We've got the greatest fans in the world. We've got to continue to do the things that got us to this point and just focus on the San Diego Chargers," Gates said.

A dominant offensive line, combined with the efforts of complementary players like Lorenzo Neal, Brandon Manumaleuna and Vincent Jackson, paves the way for the league's highest scoring offense.

The defense is star-studded and intimidating. Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips form the league's best pass-rushing duo; Luis Castillo and Jamal Williams are consistently dominant on the line; and Quentin Jammer is finally playing like the elite player the Chargers hoped for when the acquired him with a top-five pick.

With those big names drawing attention, it will be Drayton Florence making the big plays that carry the team through Miami.

"Quentin Jammer has had a terrific season. Drayton Florence has made steady progress. Together, they've made a number of plays that in the past we weren't making," Schottenheimer said.

On special teams, the Chargers boast the league's best kicking duo and a long snapper who hasn't had an errant snap since before the team's last appearance in the Super Bowl.

From top to bottom, the Chargers are the best team in football. And by the time the dust has settled in Miami, the whole world will know it.

The Chargers will win the Super Bowl - and that, my friends, is my final offer.


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