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Chargers missed NFL playoffs last year, but should be favorites to win AFC in 2022

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In five of the six Super Bowls, a team popped up to compete for a championship.

Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Huntsmen The Hawks didn’t make the playoffs last season, and then they represented their conference with mixed results.
During this time, each individual took specific actions to ensure they were capable of performing at the highest level compete.

L.A.’s current iteration despite a Week 18 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Chargers end with 9 Won 8 and missed last year’s playoffs, but the Chargers have positioned themselves as next in this offseason.

As Justin Herbert continues to evolve, improved personnel—especially in the trenches—as well as locker room purchases Br According to Staley’s philosophy, the Chargers should be the best team in the league in the AFC West Challenge.

The Chargers really should make the playoffs in 2021. All in all, the results just reinforce the team’s belief in its approach.

Staley explained, courtesy of Daniel Popper of The Athletic:

“Have to be fearless in this game, and that’s what I want to build. When I came here with the history of this team, like somebody’s going to get hurt, they’re going to lead, something catastrophic is going to happen. There’s this “charge” thing. In my life, I know all these external factors, they are all just excuses. They are all excuses.

” So, how do you change it? Well, you have to do things differently, you have to have different approaches. …Our mentality will be on us, it will not be against the opponent, but against us. So to create a fearless mentality, we’re going to be aggressive, we’re going to give us the ball, we’re going to trust our players to play.

“If we lose, we will do it on our own terms, not on other people’s terms.”

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley (Harry How/Getty Images)

The aggression with which the Chargers approached their offensive call was intentional. It’s a mindset Staley and his staff are trying to build in order to increase his team’s odds of winning based on situational awareness. They’re not worried about the team’s history of fiasco, and the coach isn’t shy or withholding his business.

Last season, Los Angeles ranked fourth in the league with 31.5 percent of the time, according to Popper.

“Real football people understand that what I’m doing is playing to our football team’s strengths,” Sta Leigh told reporters after an overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in December. “What I’m doing is I’m trying to make decisions that I think will win the game for us.”

The Chargers play a constant Change the percentage game and make informed decisions based on the numbers at any given moment. To invoke the great Herm Edwards, they are playing to win. In this case they do this by placing

this approach can backfire depending on the dressing composition of the room. That’s not the case in Los Angeles. The roster is all-in.
Veterans send Staley a message despite disappointing ending to his role as Chargers The first season of the head coach. According to Staley, they said, “You never change. You don’t even think about it.”

The blueprint that everyone in the locker room is on the same page is important. But every team needs Jimmys and Joes to support those Xs and Os.
As the quarterback enters his third season, it all starts with Justin Herbert. Herbert appears to be a rising superstar and one of the best players in the most important positions of the game.

Physically, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 draft is 6-foot-6 and 236 pounds. Nor is he a statue. Herbert moves very well and excels when asked to work off-platform and out of structure. He displayed a dizzying array of arm flair, especially when asked to push the ball up the field.

But his potential goes well beyond those innate abilities. Herbert retained and translated information, handled it well, and displayed an excellent work ethic.

“He stopped practicing after an hour and a half and just threw the ball,” wide receiver Keenan Allen told reporters Wednesday. “This is crazy.”

“…Philip [Rivers] is practicing The post never stayed and pitched. Philip put in the work, but the guy came out after an hour and a half and just threw the same line over and over. Without the spiral, he’d keep throwing the same line.” Consistency in footwork, mechanics and timing is absolutely critical to a high-level quarterback. Herbert’s willingness to put in the extra time and energy to establish a level of absolute certainty in his wide receiver that will help him improve on what has already been a remarkable start to his career.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert at training camp. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

What Herbert has done so far is hard to beat. In his first two seasons, he set records for 69 passing touchdowns, 9,350 passing yards, 839 completions and 77 touchdowns. According to Pro Football Focus, pro bowlers are one of four quarterbacks to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a season before turning 24. He also posted the lowest turnover rate last season. According to Mike Tanier of The Football Outsider, Herbert had more defensively adjusted yards in his first two years than a bench player and ranked No. 1 behind some players named Dan Marino and Peyton Manning. three.

“He’s just that steady,” Staley said. “He’s a fierce contender. His intangibles are by far his best quality, the mind on his shoulders. No one is going to live up to his own standards.

“… He possesses rare athletic stamina. …it tells the organization we better keep up with him. “

When Herbert enters his career, it can be difficult to keep up with him. In The second year in Joe Lombardi’s system. The quarterback will understand the game better. He will be more familiar with the wording and planning. His receivers will have a better understanding of what to expect from them. The quarterback should be here naturally Build on increased familiarity.

The entire team will benefit from along the line Upgrades on both sides.

According toSports Illustrated’s Albert Beer, Staley and Chargers front office wants to “get bigger in the scrimmage. “They did it.

On offense, the Chargers were in the first and second rounds, respectively. Six-round picks Zion Johnson and Jamali Sallier. Both are big men and powerful guards, and Johnson quickly earned a spot at right back in the first-team offense.

“Well, we’ve got a lot of really good coaches and we’ve got a lot of good players to help,” Staley told Breer. “You brought in Zion [ Johnson] and Jamaree [Salyer], and have two stud coaches in [Brendan] Nugent and Shaun [Sarrett], and then you have this great culture that you create, like this year, our O-line has A really cool culture led by Corey [Linsley]. And now, they’ve brought these two guys together, and it’s amazing. ”

The Los Angeles Chargers guard Zion Johnson in preseason Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys. (Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Los Angeles’ investment in the offensive line over the past two seasons, including left tackle LaShawn Slater and center Cory Linsley, will help the Chargers’ frontcourt passing offense. Last season, Herbert The average throwing depth is just 7.6 yards — which ranks 22nd overall, according to Sports Info Solutions. Better protection and play from the frontcourt bigs will give Herbert more time to observe the field and be more productive. Takes long shots regularly.

The correct tackle has yet to be determined, but according to Popper, Trey Pickins III may have had first team reps in the spot for several days at the start of the week. Meanwhile, the rest of the line has been rock solid.

Improved line play and added depth will boost the running game. Los Angeles drafted Isaiah Spiller in the fourth round of the year. Spiller is a Insurance policy because starter Austin Ekeler has a history of minor injuries. “I think the one thing about Isaiah is that he’s not Impressed with the NFL,” Staley told reporters. “He felt like he belonged. He has confidence in himself. I think that’s what he is. “

The same approach applies on the other side of the ball, with the Chargers bringing in outside linebackers Khalil Mack and Kyle Van Noy, along with defensive linebackers Sebastian Joseph-Day, Austin Johnson, Morgan Fox and Otito Ogbonnia.

All six should be in Attack point enhances the Chargers. Mike is a wrecking ball when it comes to setting the advantage. Van Noy, 31, is a seasoned, versatile veteran. Both Joseph-Day and Fox have previously played with the Los Angeles Rams Staley. Johnson has played in every regular-season game for the past five seasons. Ogbonnia is one of the stronger interior defenders in this year’s draft.

More flexibility in the defensive scheme and allowing the Chargers’ talented secondary players to play, especially after adding the game’s top hawk JC Jackson into free agency and re-signing safety After Devin James to extend his long-term contract. Jackson is currently on hold after undergoing ankle surgery, although he may be back at the start of the regular season.

Chargers should be better at quarterback, offensive line and overall defensive end. Their coaches keep the whole organization on the same page. This team is as talented as any team in the league. Los Angeles has Everything you need, not only to make the playoffs this year, but also to go to Glendale, Arizona for Super Bowl XVII.

Brent Sobleski covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @brentsobleski.



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