The 2013-14 season for the San Diego Chargers was one that was filled with surpassed expectations. Not many expected the Chargers to make a playoff run, and even though their season ended on Sunday evening at the hands of the division rival Denver Broncos, this was still a season to look back on with great pleasure. With that said, let’s honor the best that the Chargers had to offer during the 2013-14 NFL season.
Today we will look at the offense, while Thursday will bring us the defense.
Offensive MVP – Philip Rivers
Was there ever a doubt? Philip Rivers, who exploded back onto the scene, had a masterful 2013 season after several people and pundits alike pondered whether or not Philip had anything left in him. The bolo tie wearing quarterback manned the Chargers offense back to being one of the most dynamic in the league. Rivers answered his critics by throwing for 4,478 yards, with an 8.2 yards per attempt. He tossed 32 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions, and completed 69.6 percent of his passes. He is back, ladies and gentlemen.
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Keenan Allen
Not too bad for a third-round draft pick right? Although it was clear that his injuries going into the draft dropped his stock, Keenan Allen fell right into the Chargers’ lap in the NFL Draft, and what a season he had. Thrusting himself into the Offensive Rookie of the Year race, Allen collected 1,046 yards receiving, with 71 catches and eight touchdowns. That was good enough for 14.7 yards per reception in 15 games played. Whether he wins the Offensive Rookie of the Year or not, Allen has shown that he can become one of the best, young receivers in the National Football League.
Breakout Player – Ladarius Green
There were several players that could have been given this title. Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and even rookie sensation Keenan Allen could have been viable candidates. But almost by the definition of the word, tight end Ladarius Green finds himself deserving of this honor. The second-year tight end was an afterthought on the Chargers roster, but as the year progressed, Green saw more playing time. As Green saw more playing time, he made the most of it. Green truly showed his stuff in the Wild Card Playoff Game against the Bengals, soaring for a touchdown catch and catching all three passes thrown his way. Although it was a short sampling, the 6’6” tight end flashed potential, as he could possibly be the heir to Antonio Gates’ throne.
Best Offensive Lineman – King Dunlap
When the San Diego Chargers brought in King Dunlap during the offseason, the former Philadelphia Eagle did not have many expectations. But, much like the Chargers themselves, the former Auburn Tiger superseded everything asked of him and put together a tremendous year as the Chargers left tackle. In 11 games, Dunlap was on the field for 687 snaps. During those 687 snaps, he was tremendous at pass blocking. He only yielded th
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ree sacks, three hits, and 13 hurries, and was more than decent at run blocking as well. He was Pro Football Focus’ 11th best tackle on the season, and ninth best left tackle.