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What the Chargers’ 2017 season has taught me

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 03: Trevor Williams #24, Rayshawn Jenkins #25, Adrian Phillips #31, Casey Hayward #26, Jahleel Addae #37, Jatavis Brown #57, and Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate recovering a fumble during the fourth quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 03: Trevor Williams #24, Rayshawn Jenkins #25, Adrian Phillips #31, Casey Hayward #26, Jahleel Addae #37, Jatavis Brown #57, and Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate recovering a fumble during the fourth quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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JACKSONVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 12: Keelan Cole
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Patience with players

As a fan of the Chargers, it’s hard to be patient with players to develop or grow. The demand for immediate excellence is desired even greater considering many of our favorite players (Rivers, Gates) do not have much more to give. But this Chargers’ roster has taught me, or at least reminded me of, patience.

Pretend it’s the end of the 2016 season, and consider this player: Trevor Williams. A corner that most anyone called to be replaced because he was nowhere near a true starter. He was just the “fill-in” undrafted free agent until Jason Verrett could return.

Flash forward to today, and he’s the No. 10 ranked corner in the NFL. Development is an essential part of the process after the draft, and we as fans need to remember how important it is to trust some of the coaches that are paid to do just that. Jahleel Addae, Adrian Phillips and even Melvin Ingram have shown how just one year and the right coaching can make a difference.

Now it’s our turn to be patient once more, and not because we have to wait til next August to see any form of a Chargers’ game again. Players like Verrett, Forrest Lamp and Mike Williams will need to either heal, learn, or grow. Give them the time to do so.

The Chargers need to build themselves to beat the Chiefs

No matter how well the Chargers’ played this season, they just could not beat the Kansas City Chiefs–and that’s a problem that needs to be fixed.

Coach Andy Reid, running back Kareem Hunt, and tight end Travis Kelce are not going anywhere anytime soon. Next season, the defense that picked Rivers off six times in two games will be bolstered even further with the return of All-Pro Eric Berry.

Look for the Chargers to improve their run defense in the draft this spring, as Tom Telesco must know the key to next year is to win the division.

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