After starting off the 2011/12 campaign with a 4-1 mark, the Chargers then lost six straight games, including hard-to-take defeats at home to the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos.
They then went and won four of their last five games, murdering the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills at home and easily getting past the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders on the road.
In the end, they finished with an even 8-8 record in the wide open AFC West, but it wasn't enough to get into the playoffs.
How will the Chargers respond this year?
Amazingly enough, Norv Turner still remains as head coach, despite the constant rumors of getting fired season after season.
Turner will need much more effective play out of QB Philip Rivers, who despite throwing for 4624 yards had an unacceptable 20 interceptions. It was the highest turnover rate of his career.
We can expect Rivers to bounce back, especially now that he's got a healthy Malcolm Floyd to throw to, as well as a number of other legitimate targets like Antonio Gates, Robert Meachem, Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal.
There's also been a lot of hype surrounding the San Diego camp about running back Ryan Mathews, who could be in for a breakout season.
In all, assuming this offense stays relatively healthy, few teams are going to score more points than the 2012/13 Chargers. The other side of the ball is much more questionable though after San Diego finished in the middle of the pack in total defense.
Still, watching Rivers and company duel it out against the AFC West, especially Peyton Manning's Broncos, will be intriguing. For San Diego, it always seems to be about consistency. We'll see soon enough if they can find it this year.
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