Reason 2: The Chargers have the best secondary
This honor used to belong to the Denver Broncos, but the loss of Aqib Talib changes that and pushes it easily into the favor of the Chargers. Just take a look at this secondary.
Casey Hayward, Jason Verrett, Trevor Williams, Desmond King and Jahleel Addae. Throw in first-round pick Derwin James and look out, this group is as talented as any in the NFL, let alone the AFC West.
Hayward has become one of the league’s best cornerbacks, having been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the least two seasons. Williams filled in admirably for Verrett last season so the Chargers will be ready to roll with either of those guys and King was one of the best rookies in the league last year.
James will bring a new element to the defense and will be a player Gus Bradley uses perfectly.
The Seattle Seahawks have been wildly successful over the last 6-7 seasons, reaching two Super Bowls in that time. Though they have been a very complete team, the secondary, known as the Legion of Boom, was the key factor in that success. All you have to do is go back and watch Super Bowl XLVIII against the Broncos to see what that secondary did to that high-powered offense.
In today’s NFL, you have to be able to slow down the opposition’s passing game. The Chargers should be able to do that.
I’ll stop short of saying they have the best defense in the division, but they have the best defensive backfield and one that is good enough to win games as well as preserve wins.