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Can the Chargers go from worst to first?

By Ryan Doyle
Oct 25, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Steve Johnson (11) and quarterback Philip Rivers (17) and tackle Joe Barksdale (72) and wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) await in the tunnel during player introductions before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Steve Johnson (11) and quarterback Philip Rivers (17) and tackle Joe Barksdale (72) and wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) await in the tunnel during player introductions before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Diego Chargers were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season. Can the team avoid injuries and climb the mountain to the top of the AFC West?

A coach on the hot seat, a quarterback whose window is closing and a defense full of young players that are trying to take the next step. Though it may be a broad definition of the team, it sure is an accurate one.

After a 4-12 season last year, the San Diego Chargers are looking to go from worst to first. That task is going to be extremely difficult in a tough AFC West division. Piled on to the fact that this Chargers roster is full of questions marks. Even with these obstacles, Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett thinks his team can capture the AFC West title.

In an interview with Mighty 1090 AM radio station, Verrett was asked by Marty Caswell why he thinks the team can achieve the goal of going from worst to first.

Well, for one I don’t like losing.

So just having that mindset, let alone everyone on the team does not like losing. So I definitely think we’re going worst to first.”

This is a great look for the Chargers. Seeing that their best defensive player has bought in should resonate throughout the locker room.

Although it is great to see Verrett confident heading into the season, the likelihood of the Bolts having a better record than the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders is slim.

First of all, the Chiefs have finished second in the division for the past three seasons. Head coach Andy Reid has brought consistency and a winning attitude to the organization. In addition to their recent success in the division as a whole, Kansas City has dominated the Chargers the past two seasons.

The upstart Raiders are ready to take the next step and compete for the AFC West title. Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack are a trio of young stars that are going to lead the Raiders to success in 2016. The heated rivalry between Oakland and San Diego will be rekindled this season.

Last but not least, the defending Super Bowl Champion Broncos. Even with their quarterback situation looking like a complete disaster, the Broncos’ defense is still loaded. With Von Miller agreeing to a new contract, the Denver defense is going to wreak havoc all season long. The team proved they didn’t need good quarterback play to win games. The Broncos are another franchise that has taken care of San Diego in recent memory.

Now, the San Diego Chargers need just about everything to go right for them to win the AFC West. Is that possible? Certainly. Is it likely? No.

What does the team need to do to sit atop of the division?

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