Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/31/12
Seeing two longtime teammates call it quits this offseason gave San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers a sobering reminder of his NFL mortality. "What hit me right in the face was this doesn't last forever," Rivers said about the retirements of running back LaDanian Tomlinson and guard Kris Dielman. "This does come to an end." As will the tenures of head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith if the Chargers don't rebound in 2012. Their seats can't get much hotter after two straight seasons without a playoff appearance and the failure to reach a Super Bowl in previous years with more talented rosters. If Turner and Smith were fired, a roster shake-up would likely follow under a new football regime. This fact isn't lost on Chargers players as the team opens its preseason. Rivers described his locker room as having a "backs-against-the-wall mentality." Wide receiver Vincent Brown seconded the thought, saying, "We can't go out like we did last season." "We're driv...
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