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What will the Los Angeles Chargers look like after Philip Rivers?

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 31: Tyrell Williams #16 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers shake hands during the first half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 31: Tyrell Williams #16 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers shake hands during the first half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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JACKSONVILLE, FL – JANUARY 07: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before the start of the Bills AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on January 7, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL – JANUARY 07: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before the start of the Bills AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on January 7, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Try for Tyrod Taylor

As I mentioned before, Lynn wants an athletic quarterback behind center to compliment the one-two punch of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler in the backfield and keep defenses on their toes with athleticism. Taylor possess this exact quality and he has even been coached by Lynn during his time on the Bills so the transition would be easy. On top of that, Taylor seems to be displeased with the Bills after getting benched for the rookie Nathan Peterman as they played the Chargers in Week 11. Taylor ended up coming in and got two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and threw for 154 yards as the Bills were blown out 54-24.. Taylor isn’t a bad quarterback but does need to work on being consistent and work on being efficient balancing his running and passing ability. In this scenario, Taylor would spend four years backing up Phil and he won’t take the team under his helm until he is 32 years old. Assuming Lynn lasts that long as head coach, four years under an elite quarterback like Rivers can really help Taylor as a passer and help him with his accuracy.

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Baker Mayfield
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Quarterback Baker Mayfield

Invest in a new face

There are a lot of talented young quarterbacks in the draft and plenty that can fit the Lynn scheme of ground and pound as well as provide the team with an exciting new face to the franchise when Phil decides to pass the torch…or bolo tie.

One of the many young talents going into the draft is UCLA standout Josh Rosen. After firing head coach Jim Mora, Rosen will head into the draft and be highly touted as his skillset is advanced over many other quarterbacks. Rosen has the gift of timing, where he can anticipate his throws with great accuracy and make quick plays as well as provide the athleticism and quick feet that allow him to scramble and make throws before the pass rush can get to him.

Learning under Rivers can help him perfect his skill set as well as give him the chance to dissect the mind of the Chargers greatest quarterback. Rosen would take the helm at 25 and have a team of veterans ready to ease the new guy into a role that might seem impossible to fill.

Another great standout is Oklahoma Heisman winner Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has been fun to watch this season as he led a stacked Oklahoma team to a 12-2  record for the year. He posseses a high motor and great competitiveness much like No. 17 but could use few years to mature and learn to exhaust his emotions in a more PG way rather than being in headlines for obscene gestures just about every week.

The Sooner possesses great athleticism and can make throws on the run as well as launch them deep with his great arm strength. The 23-year old can provide the Chargers with excitement and explosiveness on offense which can be very beneficial for the team overall as they look to rebuild and start a new era.

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