Free Agency

Oh Snap!

by Dan Mclellan

The Chargers could contend for the Super Bowl, but the preseason hype that has surrounded the team in recent years has faded after two consecutive seasons of missing the playoffs.

"We have high expectations," quarterback Philip Rivers says. "We know how disappointing it has been the last two years. So, we are focused on doing all we can to win the AFC West."

Dean Spanos, owner and team president, ignored a deluge of public pressure to fire general manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner at the end of last...