With just two days until football kicks off, ESPN revealed their Preseason Power Rankings. The San Diego Chargers rank 29th after dropping two spots from their previous ranking (27th).
Only the Tennessee Titans (30th), San Francisco 49ers (31st) and Cleveland Browns (32nd) rank worse than the Chargers. It goes to show you how the media views the 2016 Bolts.
How can you blame them? San Diego finished with its worst record (4-12) last year since the 2003 season. Though ESPN’s analysis had nothing to do with the team but with the Joey Bosa debacle.
“So did you see Joey Bosa’s mom drop a bomb on Facebook? The language surrounding this contract thing has morphed from mild to medium to lightning hot, at least in terms of insiders making a huge deal out of it. Of course, it is early August, so tap the brakes. There is plenty of time to get the third overall pick into camp and putting in reps. But it’s dwindling.”
The dispute between Bosa and the Chargers front office has overshadowed all the positives the team made this offseason. The team added talent on both sides of the ball, and, aside from Stevie Johnson’s injury, they have stayed relatively healthy, which is absolutely huge.
It’s just a preseason ranking, so I’ll keep this short: If the Chargers don’t get hit hard by injuries this year, and the offensive line plays well enough to keep Philip Rivers upright and creates holes for Melvin Gordon and company, along with the defense stopping the run, then the Chargers will be successful.
Let’s hope all of the above can happen.