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Chargers named one of four teams “set to take off” in 2021

All you need is a franchise QB and some weapons and the rest takes care of itself.

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It’s like clockwork.

The Chargers underwhelm and fall short of expectations during the previous season, they hit on some much-needed needs in both free agency and the draft, the hype skyrockets because things are “finally” coming together for this team, and then the whole cycle repeats itself.

Things haven’t changed a lick with the Chargers, but the new coaching staff headed by Brandon Staley may just be the difference in breaking the wheel or watching roll right along.

In a recent article by Bleacher Report’s Chris Roling, he names the Chargers as one of four teams that he believes are “set to take off” during the 2021 campaign. The other three teams who join the Bolts in this category are the Cardinals, Bengals, and Cowboys.

Here’s what Roling had to say in regards to the team:

“Herbert, the sixth pick last year, broke onto the scene seemingly earlier than the Chargers wanted but did just fine, to say the very least. Over 15 games, he completed 66.6 percent of his passes with 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, all while suffering 32 sacks.”

“Los Angeles saw to that deficiency by adding two starting-caliber linemen in free agency with Matt Feiler and Corey Linsley, the latter a first-team All-Pro last year who posted an 89.9 Pro Football Focus grade. Later in the draft at 13th overall, the team added Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern, one of the consensus top linemen who happens to be capable of starting at guard or tackle.”

“And sometimes this is all it takes. The Chargers already won seven games last year while Herbert learned behind a rough offensive line after an unorthodox rookie onboarding process. Given the booming upside he flashed last year, Herbert will keep ascending as his surroundings improve under the supervision of new head coach Brandon Staley.”

There are some notable similarities between all four of these three teams. Each one has a young, talented quarterback under center that’s surrounded by a host of offensive weapons.

Herbert and his support staff are well-known. The Bengals just reunited Joe Burrow with his star pass-cather from LSU, Ja’Marr Chase. The Cowboys locked in Dak Prescott for the foreseeable future so he can win with the likes of CeeDee Lamb and Zeke Elliott. And the Cards 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year who gets to throw to DeAndre Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald, and rookie cheat code, Rondale Moore.

Besides having the potential to pop off this year, each of these teams are going to be a ton of fun to watch on Sundays.