NFL Power Rankings: Steelers rise and Texans fall flat in July
By Will Lomas
23. L.A. Chargers (finished 24)
What I said at the end of last season:
"The pieces are there for this team to be good on both sides of the ball. I mean, Austin Ekeler, Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Derwin James, Keenan Allen, and Hunter Henry are all really good players. Unfortunately, the problem is that the offensive line is one of the worst in the NFL and behind them is Philip Rivers who seems like he may not have it anymore. Incredible wear and tear along with a career that seems to be getting worse every single year, make it hard to see Rivers being back with the Chargers and with the 6th overall pick I don’t know if they are going to have a chance to take Tua Tagovialoa without a trade up."
The Chargers should now be thought of as a defensive-minded team if they weren’t already. They still have all of their best players from last year except this season they added Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris Jr.
Offensively, they look like they have an average/above-average offensive line and they still have all of their best skill position talent.
So why so low? Well, the Chargers made a huge switch at QB and now they have to try to get Justin Herbert ready for the NFL despite being considered a toolsy guy that needed refining before we learned that training camp would be different this year.
They have the talent, but I think that shift in QB in this division is going to be too much for them to overcome in year 1.