To their credit the Chargers are not wringing their hands over their high-profile holdouts. And with a soft schedule that includes a nonconference slate against the lowly NFC West, they're capable of matching or exceeding last season's 13 wins. But to become Turner's best team, they need to reach the Super Bowl—at least.
"It can be done," says cornerback Quentin Jammer. "I just wish we could get those two other guys in here. But we have a great team. We've been together for a while, and we have an opportunity to get what we want accomplished. I've seen teams do it with less."
And as Turner might say, less can be more.
WITH 2009 STATS
COACH NORV TURNER
2009 Rank: 10
QB PHILIP RIVERS