My Season Outlook for the Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers

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National Football League
San Diego, CA United States
American Football Conference

Season Report Card

The Chargers have nice depth at the QB position with Tyrod Taylor and rookie phenom Justin Herbert. Given that Herbert just balled out in relief of Taylor, he looks to be the starter going forward. Nevertheless, Taylor is a high end back up if Herbert struggles or gets injured down the road.
Running Backs
This team has the most underrated RB room in the entire league. Austin Ekeler is an emerging asset for Los Angeles and has the skill set needed to produce in the receiving and rushing games. Furthermore, Joshua Kelly and Justin Jackson provide quality depth to fill in on late downs as well.
Protection & Blocking
For the past two games, the Chargers OL has exceeded expectations. While this unit has often been the Charger's Achilles heel, they have done a decent job protecting Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert. Additionally, this unit has created numerous opportunities for Austin Ekeler to succeed on the ground.
The Chargers have an extremely versatile receiving corps. Defenses will have a challenging time covering Keenan Allen on the outside, Mike Williams down the field and Austin Ekeler out the backfield. Plus Hunter Henry is a reliable TE who can work across the middle and move the chains if those options are somehow covered.
Big Play Ability
Red Zone Success
Skills Analysis Notes
This Chargers offense has tremendous talent. Anthony Lynn is going to enjoy lots of success pairing his rookie QB Justin Herbert with playmakers like Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, and Mike WIlliams. With Herbert's decision making and arm talent, this receiving corps will be pretty explosive. Although despite the numerous big plays that they will certainly generate, they will also likely run into some lapses as Herbert adjusts to the NFL. If the offensive line regresses into the 2019 form, those lapses will probably be more severe. Although if yesterday's performance is any indication, this group will likely put up a decent amount of points throughout the year.
Defensive Line
Having Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram along this defensive line already makes the Chargers DL elite. Nevertheless, Linval Joseph is a DT who can create some havoc along the interior as well.
Los Angeles' linebacking corps is dominant. After struggling in his first game, rookie LB Kenneth Murray had a nice breakout game yesterday. Along with Murray, Kyzir White and Denzel Perryman have been reliable tacklers with a nose for the football. If this unit can keep up it's efficiency, the Chargers defense has the potential to be top five.
Defensive Backs
As a whole, this team has one of the deepest secondaries in all of football. Chris Harris Jr. and Casey Hayward are two proven corners with the skills to stay step for step with any wideout. Plus, Desmond King is a terrific ball hawking safety who is almost always around the football.
Passing Game Defense
Stopping the Run
Controlling Field Position
Stopping The Big Play
Causing Turnovers
Special Teams and Coaching
Special Teams
Place Kicking
Kickoff/Punt Returning
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
Overall Unit Analysis
Desmond King is always a threat on both punt and kick returns. Michael Badgley has had a pretty accurate season as of right now.
Decision Making
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Anthony Lynn has been a quality coach for the Los Angeles Chargers. Despite having to utilize a subpar offensive line, Lynn has maximized this offense's efficiency and production for multiple seasons. Furthermore, stellar play from undrafted players like Austin Ekeler, coupled with a fantastic start from Justin Herbert, shows Lynn has been adept at developing his athletes. In fact, Herbert was able to ball out despite only being notified on his starting status five seconds before playing the Chiefs. Nevertheless, this immediate success proves Lynn and his coaches have done a phenomenal job preparing their young passer to be ready at a moment's notice. Similar to most African American coaches, Anthony Lynn has received much flack but little credit for this team's success. For instance, he has been criticized for decisions like punting on fourth-down in overtime with the game on the line. However, this decision was prudent. Despite the loss, Lynn realized that his team was backed up in their own territory with an inexperienced QB. Therefore, it was wiser to rely on his elite defense and put his QB in a better chance to succeed. Decisions like that are part of what makes Lynn a quality coach. Along with that decision, Lynn has consistently made the right call to put his team in the best position to make the playoffs. With playmakers such as Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen and Lynn managing this team, the Chargers are in good hands.
Overall Team
Overall Team Grade
On paper, this team is talented and stacked across the board. They have quality depth at the QB, RB, and WR positions with playmakers such as Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen. Moreover, they have two quarterbacks in Justin Herbert and Tyrod Taylor who are capable of leading this team to a satisfactory record. The only question mark in this Chargers team is their offensive line. However, recent success in the past two games signals that this team might have finally succeeded in resolving this issue. While this team has a productive offense, the defense will be this team's strength. Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and rookie LB Kenneth Murray are a three headed monster that will enjoy much success. Additionally, Los Angeles' secondary has some great depth with Chris Harris, Casey Hayward and Desmond in coverage. As a result, I predict that this unit will be an elite group that ranks in the top five against the pass. However, their recent struggles in run defense will need to be addressed for this unit to be a complete defense.
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Expectations/ Outlook
Throughout the rest of this season, I expect this team to be statically productive. With the level of talent that the Chargers have, they will certainly move the chains, put up points, and harass opposing quarterbacks. Still, this team has the unfortunate situation of playing in the AFC West where they will play against the Chiefs, Broncos, and Raiders. While the Chargers are better than the Raiders, they are still competing with the Broncos and outmatched by the Chiefs. The good news is that the Chargers have a relatively easy strength of schedule, which is great for their odds of making the playoffs. Nevertheless, they are currently projected to go 8-8 and compete for a wild card spot.