It will be harder for Drew Brees to have the success he did last season. A lot of defensive coordinators took him for granted because he'd never played that consistently before. That won't happen again.... LaDainian Tomlinson is the best back in football. He has speed, power, moves and great hands.... They're mediocre at receiver. Keenan McCardell plays younger than his age (35). Eric Parker is a very deceptive talent; he runs great routes and has the speed, but he hasn't put it all together.... If you look at their offensive linemen individually, you don't see anything special. But collectively, they're a tough, physical unit.... On defense Luis Castillo should really help them if he stays healthy. They put so much pressure on Jamal Williams to make things happen.... Donnie Edwards is the most underrated linebacker in the league. He's a very fluid athlete who plays with great leverage.... They should be much better at corner. Sammy Davis has a ton of ability, but Drayton Florence will start because he's more consistent and physical. On the other side, Quentin Jammer looks like he's finally figured out how to play at this level.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2004 statistics
2004 RECORD: 12--4
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total): OFFENSE 6/16/10 DEFENSE 3/31/18
COACH: Marty Schottenheimer; fourth season with San Diego (177-117-1 in NFL)