Mickelson predicts big season for Chargers in 2014
There are many sides to Phil Mickelson – master golfer, involved businessman, devoted family man, charitable mover – but he took time out before the start of the Farmers Insurance Open to wave the flag for his hometown sports passion.
Bottom line: Lefty was more or less telling the rest of the NFL to watch out for the San Diego Chargers in 2014.
Sure, the Chargers were ousted by the Broncos. Mickelson needn’t be reminded. He was in attendance in Denver before going to Abu Dhabi. “It was crushing,” he conceded.
Ah, but the glass is permanently half-full in his world, so he brushes aside the 9-7 record, the finish behind the Broncos and the Chiefs, and the failure to beat Denver in the postseason.
“It was the greatest year for the Chargers,” gushed Mickelson. “We had a new coach (Mike McCoy), we have great key players, we have a great direction, we got better every week, and we only lost one game by more than a single score. I’m excited about the Chargers next year.”
Now, before you think he’s just a hometown guy, here’s a reminder that back before the 2000 NFL season began, Lefty let it be known that Baltimore needed to be watched. Sure enough, the Ravens pounded the Giants months later in the Super Bowl.