The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will meet in Super Bowl LIII in one week. For the other 30 NFL teams, their aspirations are already fixed on Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
The NFL is a non-stop business and though we will all slow down to see if the Rams can turn back Tom Brady and the Patriots, the truth is that it’s all about next season. That’s the way professional football works. Once your season ends, it’s time to look toward the next season and how you can still be playing in the end.
The Los Angeles Chargers are coming off a terrific 2018 campaign, one that ended in brutal fashion against those same Patriots.
What is encouraging for fans of the Chargers is the knowledge that this team is close. Though the city of Los Angeles may be fixated on the Rams (if the residents even care about professional football), the Bolts are on the rise.
The team is going to want to win a championship for Philip Rivers before it’s too late. That will provide serious motivation in 2019. But even beyond Rivers’ playing days, the team is set up well.
That being said, the Chargers are going to go for it in 2019.
They had the second-best record in the AFC this past season and picked up road wins against the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, both in primetime. Those wins and believe it or not, the Patriots loss, combine to give this group valuable experience from which to build upon.
If Tom Telesco can manage to keep the core of this team together and make a few good moves here and there, the Chargers could be in the Super Bowl next season.
I’m not just spouting off at the mouth, either. Check out these recent odds:
Fans in L.A. might not be completely wild about football, but some oddsmakers recognize the Rams and Chargers as the two best teams in the league going forward.
In other words, this team is a contender and should be considered one of the top teams to win it all next year, so long as it builds upon what worked this year and Telesco identifies and fixes the areas of weakness.
The Chargers have some key free agents this offseason and though it would be nice, they won’t all be back.
Here are the five moves that the Chargers should make in order to get to next season’s big game.