Originally written December 18, 2012 on Football Nation:
The holiday season is, once again, upon us, presumably leading NFL fans everywhere to ponder what their favorite team(s) might be hoping for next season.1. For the sake of redundancy, I will lump the obvious ones together: an improved offensive line, a new general manager who does not subscribe to A.J. Smith's end-of-season-fire-sale mentality; and a head coach who isn't always on the sidelines smiling and twiddling his thumbs, but who displays rabid enthusiasm like Pete Carroll, John Fox, and the Harbaugh brothers. Smith has engineered the loss of Drew Brees, LaDanian Tomlinson, Vincent Jackson, Darren Sproles, Kassim Osgood, Steve Gregory, Mike Tolbert, and Jacob Hester, among others, who could have really helped the now-sub-mediocre team.2. The all-powerful Elixir of Yellow Flag Repellent from the elusive grotto of the blind zebras. Of course it's not real. Neither is Santa. The Chargers are ranked the 17th most penalized team in the league this season, having average...
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