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Los Angeles Chargers: 5 steps to a successful offseason

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Los Angeles Chargers fans are seen during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the StubHub Center on September 24, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Los Angeles Chargers fans are seen during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the StubHub Center on September 24, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 23: Nick Novak #9 of the Los Angeles Chargers winces after kicking a field goal in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 23: Nick Novak #9 of the Los Angeles Chargers winces after kicking a field goal in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Chargers have missed the playoffs in each of the last four seasons. That streak could easily end in 2018 if the team is able to fix some holes this offseason.

The Chargers are close. They really are. It would have been interesting to see if the team could have made any noise in the playoffs this year as it was one of the league’s hottest teams in the second half of the season. Unfortunately, a rough start to the year came back to haunt them.

The Chargers should still be quite competitive next season. Anthony Lynn will have his first season as head coach under his belt and Philip Rivers will be the guy running the show. Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon and Hunter Henry help round out a potent offense and the defense has some great pieces in Casey Hayward, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

Plus, the team will get Forrest Lamp on the field next season and it it can get anything out of 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams, look out.

Still, there are some things to accomplish this offseason in order to stay competitive going forward. The NFL changes dramatically each season and the fact that teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles are each one game away from the Super Bowl is proof of that.

What do the Chargers need to accomplish to be able to consider this offseason a success? Let’s take a look.

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