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Why I’m excited about the Chargers this season

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Editor’s note: It’s season preview week at SB Nation. Here’s why we’re excited about the Los Angeles Chargers.


The Los Angeles Chargers are legitimate contenders this year and not just for the AFC West crown. They are actual, honest to God Super Bowl contenders in the 2018-19 NFL season. The primary reason for that is Philip Rivers. As any football fan knows by now, your window for playoff contention let along Super Bowl contention begins and ends with having a franchise quarterback. Rivers is not just a franchise QB; he’s a borderline Hall of Famer and he’s only on the borderline because his teammates have not been good enough to sustain a playoff run that ended in a championship. This season could very well be different.

On the offensive side of the ball, Rivers has an offensive line in front of him that on paper is as good as any he has seen in his professional career. The additions of Mike Pouncey at center and Forrest Lamp at guard should push a once-mediocre line to an above average one and potentially a great one. At running back, the Chargers have an actual three-down back in Melvin Gordon as well as a dynamic change-of-pace back in Austin Ekeler. The tight end position is shallow with the loss of Hunter Henry to injury, but at wide receiver the Chargers have one of the league’s very best in Keenan Allen as well as an up-and-comer in second-year wide out Mike Williams who has flashed the skills that made him the 7th overall selection year.

Despite all of that talent on the offensive side, the biggest reasons for optimism are on the defense. Joey Bosa is in the argument for best defensive player in the NFL and he is paired with Melvin Ingram to form one of, if not the, best pass rushing duos in the league. Even after losing Jason Verrett to injury, Gus Bradley has one of the most talented cornerback groups in franchise history with Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams, and Desmond King. At linebacker, Denzel Perryman is a differencemaker and he will be joined by the likes of Kyzir White and Jatavis Brown who both have the upside of quality linebackers. That this group is being joined by arguably the best defensive player from this year’s draft in Derwin James is borderline unfair for opposing defenses.

At this point in time, if you are a Chargers fan and you are not excited about the upcoming season, you are just not paying attention.