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Top 5 positions for the Chargers to improve in the offseason

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 15: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers goes under center against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 15, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Don Feria/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 15: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers goes under center against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 15, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Don Feria/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Chargers are probably the most loaded they’ve been in recent years on talent right now. But, there’s still some key positions they should look to upgrade going into the 2018 season.

It’s that time of the year again. The NFL season has gone as quickly as it had come. We’ve crowned a Super Bowl champion and now it’s the offseason. You know what that means — free agency primers and Mel Kiper mock drafts for everyone! Unfortunately, we’ve still got about a month now to wait until the new league year starts. But it’s never too early for a general conversation about what the team needs to do to improve.

Honestly, the team is way ahead of where I thought they’d be at this time last year in terms of talent. Hunter Henry’s rise in his second year, a young but incredibly athletic secondary, an improved offensive line, and a massive decline in injuries from the previous two seasons. While I do feel the team is setup for winning seasons for a while, especially in the next 1-2 seasons, there’s always room to get better.

1. Kicker

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)

Oof. Just oof. Everyone who watched the team last year knows that the kicking was absolutely brutal. From losing two games in the beginning of the season almost entirely on the leg of Younghoe Koo, the injury of Nick Novak, Drew Kaser kicking, Travis Coons playing somewhat well and then getting cut for Nick Rose who goes 1-o- 3 in his two games with two awful misses. It was a never-ending roller coaster of nightmares.

I really don’t have a direction for the Chargers to go in the offseason here. The draft, free agency, trade. Any of the above really. The kicking situation needs to be worked out in the offseason, badly. They can’t continue to cost themselves playoff spots like this.

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