A year ago, the franchise returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Can the Los Angeles Chargers unseat the Chiefs in the AFC West?
It’s safe to say that the initial installment of the Anthony Lynn era with the Los Angeles Chargers did not get off to a rousing start. The team opened the 2017 season with four consecutive losses. But the well-respected coach gathered his club and the team made a strong push for the playoffs.
The Bolts won nine of their final 12 contests and finished 9-7, just one game behind the division-champion Kansas City Chiefs.
This past season, the Chargers were once again a little slow out of the gate. They dropped two of their first three outings, albeit to the Chiefs and eventual NFC champion Los Angeles Rams. Lynn’s team would stumble only twice more the remainder of the regular season, though.
The club finished 12-4 but wound up settling for a Wild Card berth. The team’s first postseason appearance since 2013 began with a victory at Baltimore over the Ravens, but Lynn’s squad was humbled at Foxborough one week later by the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
It’s been a pretty quiet offseason for general manager Tom Telesco and the franchise. The club’s two primary offseason additions were quarterback Tyrod Taylor and veteran outside linebacker Thomas Davis. Meanwhile, the club will have a somewhat different look on defense due to some key departures.
The Chargers have seven picks in the upcoming NFL draft, one in each round. But could the organization dip back into free agency and fill a few holes over the next few months?