Mailbag: How Should We Remember the 2018 Season? 

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Q: That game hurt. It was a great year, but that loss leaves a bad taste for me. Do you think it dampens what a good year this was for us? – Riley A.

A: It obviously hurts anytime your season comes to an end, and as the Bolts mentioned, this one is going to sting for a while. As Russell Okung said, that can be a good thing for them. He wants to remember this bitter feeling so it motivates them moving forward. However, under no circumstance should it ruin your memories of what was a fantastic season. Winning 12 games is hard to do. And some of those wins, I mean, my heart still races thinking about those comebacks vs. the Steelers and Chiefs to name a few. Add in a year in which the team had a league-high seven Pro Bowlers, five total All-Pros and an MVP caliber season from Philip Rivers; well, this year was pretty dang special.

Q: When can we start talking about who the Chargers will draft? – Shaw Breeland

A: Right away! We’ll have coverage starting right away from the Senior Bowl, and then you’ll get your fill of mock draft trackers, prospect profiles and our usual wall-to-wall coverage from the Combine. Stay tuned!

Q: Now that the 2019 opponents are set, what game are you most looking forward to next season? – Robert Jefferson

A: Oh, I can’t wait to go to Chicago. The Bolts and Bears don’t play very often, and a chance to watch Philip Rivers take the field in a legendary environment like Soldier Field is going to be a treat! If that game isn’t showcased on Sunday Night Football I’d be floored. I’m also looking forward to the Packers heading out west for the first time since 2011, as well as our game against Frank Reich’s Colts. If you missed it, here’s a breakdown of the Chargers’ 2019 opponents.

Q: Why are the Chargers coaching the Pro Bowl because I believe it would be the team that lost the Conference Championship game? – Carlos Ojeda

A: That used to be correct when the Pro Bowl was played after the Super Bowl. This is the reason why the Chargers coached the AFC in the 2008 Pro Bowl. However, when they moved the annual All-Star showcase up to the week between the Conference Championship and Super Bowl, the honor then went to the highest ranked team that lost in the Divisional Round. Good question though, Carlos.

Q: Who do we root for now going forward? – Harvey Robinson

A: Oh, my answer couldn’t be easier - anyone but the Chiefs!

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