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Why The Bolts Have Driven You Nuts

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Sharing a postgame handshake with Peyton Manning might have been the highlight of San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram's rookie season in 2012. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.
Sharing a postgame handshake with Peyton Manning might have been the highlight of San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram's rookie season in 2012. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.

Last season marked the first time in nine years that the San Diego Chargers did not finish the season with a winning record. In fact, it’s been three years since they made the playoffs, and chances are they’ll struggle again this season. Here are five moments from 2012 that should concern fans heading into the 2013 season:

Ingram's penalty: he Saints are facing second and 16 from their own 17-yard line with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. Chargers linebacker Demorrio Williams intercepts Drew Brees’ pass and returns it 26 yards for a touchdown.  However, the play is nullified when rookie Melvin Ingram is called for roughing the passer.

Why fans should be concerned: Ingram’s penalty on Brees epitomizes his underachieving rookie season. Expectations were high when the Chargers drafted him with the 18th pick in the 2012 draft, but Ingram had just 16 tackles and one sack all of last season. He'll have to wait for any chance for a resurgence after tearing his ACL during offseason workouts and will likely miss most, if not all, of the 2013 season.