With 1/16th of the season still to go, the San Diego Chargers decided that they had seen enough. On the eve of the regular-season finale, the Chargers have announced a variety of in-house postseason awards.
For the fourth straight year, the team MVP is quarterback Philip Rivers.
The team’s offensive player of the year award, named for the late Rodney Culver, is running back Mike Tolbert.
The defensive player of the year award, in honor of the late David Griggs, went to linebacker Shaun Phillips.
The award given to the most inspirational player, named for the late Emil Karas, was given to two players: linebacker Stephen Cooper and center Nick Hardwick.
The linemen of the year are guard Kris Dielman and defensive tackle Antonio Garay, and the special teams player of the year is fullback Jacob Hester.
The Chargers typically started slowly, winning two of their first seven. Then, they typically caught fire. Then, they atypically collapsed, making them ineligible for the postseason.