Maurice Moton, an NFL analyst for Bleacher Report, tried his hand at predicting the win-loss records for each team prior to the 2020 season. When it came to the Chargers, Moton believes the team will improve on their 5-11 mark form last season with an even 8-8 in 2020. However, even with the better record, Moton still has the Bolts finishing last in the AFC West, with both Las Vegas and Denver earning 9-7 records preceded by the Chiefs and their 13-3 finish.
“The Los Angeles Chargers are a tough team to project,” said Moton. “Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is slated to start, but the front office selected Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick. If the veteran signal-caller struggles, he will face pressure.”
“In today’s NFL, more clubs have embraced mobile signal-callers, which bodes well for Taylor. He’ll also have a strong pass-catching group that includes running back Austin Ekeler, tight end Hunter Henry and wideouts Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.”
On top of their wealth of talent at the skill positions, Moton believes the Chargers’ improved offensive line will pay dividends in helping the team control the clock by running the football more efficiently.
By the sound of it, whether it’s Taylor or Justin Herbert under center, Moton thinks whoever ends up playing quarterback won’t have the weight of the world on their shoulders to win games by themselves.
“Taylor doesn’t have to lead a top-10 offense to help this team win. In a low-scoring battle, he can rely on his defense, which gave up the sixth-fewest yards last year. The front office added cornerback Chris Harris Jr., defensive tackle Linval Joseph and rookie linebacker Kenneth Murray to a solid group.”
I think this is a fairly solid assessment of the Bolts’ future. It’s realistic and not too heavily-based on their stacked roster directly correlating to more wins. As we’ve seen all too often in the past, not all the talent gets on the field at the same time consistently.
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