Hi all, first time post here although I have been an avid observer of the site for a few months now. As this is my first post, I feel a "proof of loyalty" to the fins is in order....my son's first and middle name is Daniel Marin....(i STILL can't believe my wife let me do that!). Hope that is enough for acceptance in what has become one of my favorite sites. Anyway, on to buisness. (1.) Go back just a couple years - Super Bowl talk, right? a top three defense and Ricky Williams, right? Our only excuse for NOT going to the super bowl back then was Jay Fiedler and Dave Wannstedt. Now go back last year, preseason- were the Chargers fans talkin playoffs? NO, they were 4-12 and talking about rebuilding...and look what happened. They strengthened weaknesses and fixed what was broken, simple as that. We all here are trying to over-analyize our situation and it's not necessary. What has changed since 11-5? We still have the core of that team and have gotten rid of what we all felt was the weakness (coach and QB). We simply lost a great RB and two great D-linemen. The results showed; a predictable offense and terrible run defense. We have worked the D-line in the offseason and will work the RB situation out via the draft or Ricky coming back, or possibly a trade. Regardless, I firmly believe in my heart that any team that finishes 4-12 and can STILL beat the super bowl champions on prime time television deserves respect and should NOT be overlooked next season! I say BRING ON the toughest schedule in the league- we could be the this seasons Chargers....any believers?