Without having played any actual football games between the end of last season and now, the Chargers have slowly risen up Bleacher Report’s power rankings this offseason thanks to some exceptional drafting and tangible excitement for the new coaching staff.
In B/R’s first list of rankings for the preseason, the Chargers came in at 13th, up several spots higher from where they’ve hovered most of the offseason.
Here’s what the site’s NFL staff had to say about the Bolts’ placement in the rankings:
“An extreme philosophical adjustment should drastically change how the Los Angeles Chargers play defense.”
“New head coach Brandon Staley served as the play-caller for last year’s No. 1 overall defense, the Los Angeles Rams. He brings his approach to the Chargers where the team’s previous defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley, preferred to perfect more basic concepts.”
“The Chargers will be more varied with their looks to keep the opposition guessing, which will create opportunities for those within the scheme.”
“A different defensive approach coupled with expected improvement from quarterback Justin Herbert in Year 2 behind a fortified offensive front may have the Chargers winning more games instead of Chargering too many.”
What do you all think of the Chargers’ ranking on this list? Is it still not high enough? Is it too high for right now? Let me know what you all think.
And now for today’s links.
Austin Ekeler was named Bleacher Report’s Biggest Breakout Fantasy Football Star (Chargers.com)
Chase Daniel will start Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams (Chargers Wire)
Four starters with the most to prove on Saturday (Bolt Beat)
Which running back will best complement Austin Ekeler? (L.A. Football Network)
Predicting the 2022 quarterback market (ESPN)
Vikings rookie Christian Darrisaw had another surgery (ESPN)
DeAngelo’s top-10 safeties in the NFL (NFL.com)
One thing to watch for each NFL team in week one of the preseason (NFL.com)
Five quarterbacks who can set the single-season passing record in 2021 (CBS Sports)
The Saints are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter the Superdome (Pro Football Talk)