By: Eric Mintzer (Twitter: @mintsports)
In 2020, the Chargers witnessed a glance at the future. Fortunately for Los Angeles, the future looks bright.
To finish the season, the Chargers won four in a row to end with a record of 7-9. Out of the nine losses, six were by eight points or less, meaning they were competitive.
Starting in Week 2, rookie Justin Herbert took the NFL by storm. Incredibly, the quarterback threw for 4,336 passing yards and 31 touchdowns. Alongside Herbert, the Chargers offense features several stars including Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler.
Clearly, the Chargers are loaded with talent on offense. With the league becoming more and more pass-heavy, Herbert looks to be a star going forward.
On the defensive side, injuries plagued the Chargers all year. Before the 2020 season kicked off, All-Pro Derwin James suffered a knee injury, which limited him to only five games. During the season, injuries piled up causing stars Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Casey Hayward Jr. to all spend time on injured reserve. However, when fully healthy the Chargers, they can get after the quarterback as well as any team in the league.
Incredibly, Melvin Ingram, Hunter Henry, and Mike Pouncey are the only starters that will be entering free agency. Going into the offseason, the Chargers will have $30 million in cap space. With this money, the Chargers could re-sign at least two of the three listed above or look elsewhere. It is possible that Ingram and Pouncey will sign for smaller contracts because they are both coming off of injuries.
Lastly, the Chargers have the 13th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Of course, the Chargers could trade this pick to a less talented roster. But, they most likely will use the pick on an offensive lineman to protect Herbert.
Ultimately, the talented roster, decent draft pick, and available cap space make the Chargers a very enticing spot for a potential head coach. Beautiful Los Angeles isn’t a bad place to live either.