Chris Wesseling of NFL.com wrote up a piece on the NFL’s best offensive nucleus. The Chargers ranked right in the middle of his list. Here is how he judged each team in the league:
The premise is this: If I am the best head-coaching candidate on the market, which offensive personnel would I most want to take over?
14th? The Chargers didn’t even get a write-up, they were so low on the list. He only wrote on the top 10 teams. We ranked behind the Atlanta Falcons on the list.
I can’t hate too much on the ranking. The Chargers have good players on offense, but they aren’t big name players. We will get that respect soon enough. Ryan Mathews keeps gaining respect with every game that he plays. Keenan Allen is already a young star in this game. Philip Rivers is just getting his name back in the elite category. Danny Woodhead is a solid 3rd down threat.
These lists likely look too much at the skill positions. After Keenan Allen, we don’t have a receiver that has proven anything. They likely think that Antonio Gates is getting old and has lost a step. He has… but likely not at the level that they see.
Come next season, I expect us to be mentioned as one of the top offenses in the game.