QB Rivers entering elite company

While their signal-caller continues to improve, another star may be fading

Originally Published: August 9, 2009
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders

With the regular season less than a month away, the Football Outsiders use their unique brand of analysis to break down each of the league's 32 teams. The series kicks off in the AFC West with the San Diego Chargers.

Season Preview -- San Diego Chargers

The Chargers have risen to the elite levels of the AFC on the talent of their offensive trio of Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates. Last season saw the Bolts waver early, but finish strong, even beating the Colts in the Wild Card game. Now San Diego's stars are another year older, but added age impacts everyone differently. And it looks as though it could send the Chargers' Big Three in different directions in 2009.

To see which Charger could give the team a jolt, which star is losing a step and learn about a key player to watch in the preseason, you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider