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Head Coach: Brandon Staley
It’s hard not to call the Chargers 2020 season a disappointment. A top 10 offense and Defense, a rookie QB who was stunningly good should have done better. Why didn’t they? Simple… the Chargers couldn’t close out games. 7 of their 9 losses were by one score.
2021 Draft Picks
1-13 T Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
2-47 CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
3-77 WR Josh Palmer, Tennessee
3-97 TE Tre’ McKitty, Georgia
4-118 LB Chris Rumph II, Duke
5-159 G Brenden Jaimes, Nebraska
6-185 LB Nick Niemann, Iowa
6-198 RB Larry Rountree, Missouri
7-241 DB Mark Webb, Georgia
The Chargers had a solid draft, filling quite a few needs and landing quite a few probable starters. The top 3 picks should all have impact in their first year.
Key Pick Ups
Jared Cook – TE (from Saints)
Chase Daniel – QB (from Lions)
Corey Linsley – C (from Packers)
Cool is getting old, but he’s still a solid TE. Daniel will make a nice backup. Linsley is the big name here; an all-pro to keep Herbert off his back.
Hunter Henry – TE (to Patriots)
Melvin Ingram – DE (to Steelers)
Henry is already replaced, but Ingram will be missed.
Offensive Coordinator: Joe Lombardi
2020 Points Scored: 384 (T-18th)
Herbert is poised to tear things up in 2021. His receiving corps is loaded, Austin Ekeler is healthy and looks to have an OC who knows how to use him…. this unit should be lights out. this year. The big question mark is the O line… one of the worst in the league last year. There have been improvements, but it remains to be seen how much.
Defensive Coordinator: Renaldo Hill
2020 Points Allowed: 426 (23rd)
If the Chaargers’ D can sty healthy, this could be a top five in the NFL type of unit.
There really wasn’t a single aspect of the special teams that the Chargers didn’t suck at in 2020. A significant part of the team’s inability to close games was right here. Basically every position is up for grabs in 2021.
If Things Go Well
The offense and defense will be dynamic. If the special teams can at least be decent, the Chargers could challenge Kansas City in the AFC West. If they learn to finish teams off, they could actually be better than the Chiefs.
If They Don’t
If Herbert hits the “Sophomore slump”, 2021 could look a lot like 2020.
The Chargers could easily be the team no one sees coming in 2021. Special teams are a huge concern, but if the staff manages to put together a solid unit, the Chargers are another Super Bowl Dark Horse.
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