2014 San Diego Chargers 2013 resulted in a sneaky Charger team making a surprise run into the playoffs. After finally getting rid of despised general manager AJ Smith, ownership hired Tom Telesco as the GM, who brought in Mike Mccoy from Denver. In 2014, Mccoy now has his sights set on a division title and deep playoff run. Keys to 2014 Offense: QB Phillip Rivers Rivers had a solid 2013 but if he wants to be considered among the elite in the league, now is the time for him to step up and lead his team deep into the playoffs. He finally has the coaching staff to go with the talent around him to get him over the hump. WR Keenan Allen Keenan Allen was a 3rd round pick in 2013 and burst on to the scene post 1,000 yards and 8 TDs in his rookie campaign. The Chargers will need him to continue his development in 2014 to have a chance in keeping up in a tough AFC West. His (93) Catching (90) Jumping and Spectacular catch and (95) Catch in traffic should help find the end zone regularly this year. The Running Back Core The with the addition of Donald Brown to Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mathews gives San Diego one of the deepest running back cores in the league. Mathews has flashed but has always struggled to remain healthy. And everyone knows the best ability is availability. Woodhead can be great but is more of a situational back as opposed to being an every down back. Mccoy hopes Brown will add some stability to the position over the course of a 16 week grind. TE Antonio Gates Antonio Gates isn't the player he once was but he's still a favorite weapon of Phillip Rivers' and still can be a top 5 tight end in this league. His production has dropped the past few seasons but with his size and ability, he's always a threat in the red zone. Defense: FS Eric Weddle The leader of this Charger defense is without a doubt Eric Weddle. His (94) Overall rating is proof of that. As one of the top safeties in the game, he may not be the fastest guy on the field but his awareness and high football IQ always put him in the right place in the right time. It's a huge reason why he's able to make big plays for his team so often. OLB Dwight Freeney Dwight Freeney is coming back from a season ending quad injury last year and is looking to bounce back strong. He too is not the player he once was for the Colts but the Chargers will need him get pressure on the quarterback as well as be a veteran presence in the locker room. LB Manti Te'o Manti has lots of buzz surrounding him coming out of college, even before being catfished. He had unimpressive rookie year and needs to step it up if he wants to fulfill the potential we saw when he played a Notre Dame. Playing in the AFC West against a powerhouse Broncos team and strong Chiefs squad won't make things easy. CB Jason Verrett Jason Verrett was the Chargers 2014 first round pick and was ranked as one of the top corners going leading up the draft. He's young and raw but the talent is definitely there to be groomed into one of the elite corners in the league. He'll be working opposite of the newly acquired Brandon Flowers, who was let go by Kansas City. But playing against receivers like Demaryius Thomas and Dwayne Bowe is on a different level than anything he saw at TCU.