San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy on the sideline against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers biggest risers in ESPN's latest rankings

The San Diego Chargers looked like a team trending in the right direction under a new head coach and GM, and both Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco have done an incredible job thus far. McCoy was a vastly underrated reason why the Denver Broncos made it to the playoffs (and won a game) with Tim Tebow at quarterback, because McCoy was able to implement the option and creatively build an offense that best-utilized the strengths of Tebow and running back Willis McGahee. Meanwhile, Telesco was instrumental in the Indianapolis Colts front office, and he made some terrific moves for the Chargers in the offense, with the signings of Dwight Freeney and Derek Cox being two crucial moves on offense.

I thought the Chargers had a really nice offseason and had a rebuilding team in perfect hands, but I clearly did not see this type of start coming for them. And while it’s far too early to be drawing conclusions from a 1-1 team that has played in two close games, the San Diego Chargers have looked better than I thought, and they have risen through some major injuries at receiver to play this well through two games. Philip Rivers looks like a man on a mission, and it’s time people stopped giving Rivers unnecessary hate. The guy’s a good quarterback, and that’s a fact that hasn’t changed despite an offensive line that has done its best to make him look bad. There are still questions on this team and while I still don’t think they’ll have too much success this season, this team has looked a lot better than I thought thus far, and the Chargers are a team trending upwards.

ESPN released their newest power rankings, and the San Diego Chargers were the biggest risers. They moved up a whopping ten spots from 26th to 16th following their 33-30 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles (they tied with the Washington Redskins- the team they beat in Week 1- as the biggest fallers by moving down five spots) on a game-winning TD pass from Rivers to slot receiver Eddie Royal. The fact that they are out of the bottom and into the middle-of-the-pack just shows how much the Chargers have surprised, and McCoy and Telesco have been pulling the right strings. They played the Houston Texans really close on Monday Night Football, and they just might surprise me again.

Philip Rivers, by the way, has been terrific. I really love watching this guy play when he’s at his best, and I hope Keenan Allen can end up being a top target for him as the season develops. I’m not exactly buying into this team since it’s really early, but they look more like a 7-9 team than a 5-11 team.

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  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Thanks for the rising confidence in the team I have rooted for since a 5year old kid. Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy are hand picked by Ron Wolfe who although very old was helpful in the success of championship teams like the Raiders of the 70s and the Brett Farve Packers. Mr. Wolfe was hired to hire Telesco and McCoy. This team will improve a lot more throughout this season for the fact that team philosophy and togetherness is key in successful teams. The new staff has bought in to that and bought in to it whole heartedly. 10-6 was my prediction at start of season, looking like it might possibly be better. Coaches attitude sets the tone and McCoy’s fits in great with this team. BOLT UP! ONE CHARGE!

    • Joe Soriano

      I am a huge fan of what Telesco and McCoy are doing in San Diego, and they are two very bright football minds who are on the road to building something special there. I don’t see a 10-6 playoff season in the cards this year, because I just don’t think this team has enough pieces to be a playoff team. But they are a much-improved team, and the future looks bright. They could very well prove my lukewarm 2013 prognostication wrong, and that’s the key; this is a possible surprise team.

      • arnie

        Sleeper team 10-6. Keep in mind this is the same McCoy that made Tebow look like a franchise QB and Kyle Orton the 4th highest rated passers the league. The only things that are holding them back is the defense and turnovers. The chargers showed they can overcome their mistakes an win a game on he road which is what was lacking for this team. The Defense has a lot of new pieces, and it still a work in progress until a few return from injury. And it’s those injuries, that are limiting what the Chargers want to do on defense, and forced Eric Weddle into covering up the holes.

        • Joe Soriano

          I just want to say this: Eric Weddle is friggin’ awesome. Best safety in the league, and there isn’t much of a doubt in my opinion. Byrd is great too, but he doesn’t play the run or blitz nearly as well as Weddle does.

  • Slackjawed Yokel

    Red zone offense has improved DRAMATICALLY this year which will be the key to many victories. The challenge will be building the mental toughness that was sucked dry under the Norv regime. The team has to fight through rough times, hold a lead, and learn how to put teams away.

    • Efren E Sicat

      I like the way this team responded after MNF.. McCoy got them focus and came up with an excellent game plan against the high power Eagles offense.. McCoy IMO is the anti-Norv..

  • Bill Nichols

    And what is your prediction of the Pats record? Those idiots should be 0 – 2, and you know it. Talk about a team looking like a 7- 9 team, well that is high for Pats this year. Only a matter of time before they come completely unraveled. As for my Bolts, get a clue buddy, don’t let your bias for Brady cloud your brain so much. Bolts are on an upswing, getting better each week, and Rivers now has the right set of keys to keep offenses (opposing of course) off of the field. D just needs to get a few good stops per game, and PR17 will secure the victories. 9-7 worst case, but I am seeing more like 10-6, or even 11-5. We will split with Denver, and sweep the others in our division. Bolt Up!! So sorry about your Pats… NOT.

    • Joe Soriano

      I don’t think the Pats deserve to be 0-2, because, well, their record doesn’t matter right now. Why? They beat two easy teams, and they “deserved” to win those games solely because their defense played really well and the teams they faced stunk. Do not focus too much on one side of the ball (offense), because I think you are under-selling the Patriots defense. This team could be in trouble if injuries linger at WR and the rookie don’t catch on. Right now, this is a team that’s either going to figure it out and have another amazing season, or they will deal with injuries, won’t click and will go something like 9-7 and lose the division crown. Don’t undersell a team that made it to the AFC Championship game last year and made it to the Super Bowl the year before; that’s just bad business.

      How is my bias for the Patriots affecting what I think about the Chargers? I don’t see a connection at all, and I don’t appreciate the potshots. For the record, I hope the Bolts keep it up and surprise me further, because I do love up-and-coming teams (who doesn’t?).

  • MachoMenos

    The MMQB by Peter King has the Chargers at #8 in his Fine Fifteen.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Worst case: 7-9

    Most likely: 9-7

    Best case: 12-4