The Los Angeles Chargers have five players who have been to the Pro Bowl in the past two years.
Recently, an article came out about the Chargers having the most star-studded defense in the league. Now the same exercise is going to be applied to the offense, so if you haven’t read that, you may want to check that out first.
The Chargers offense, long led by Philip Rivers, has historically been electric. Since Rivers took over in 2006, the offense has ranked eight out of 13 times in the top 10, including two second place finishes, and was the top scoring offense in 2006. The last two years, the offense finished 6th and 13th.
For the past two years, only two teams have more Pro Bowlers and All-Pros on offense than the Chargers. The New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers, propelled by their stellar offensive lines, have seven and six players, respectively, on the 2017 and 2018 Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams.
After those teams come the Chargers tied with the Kansas City Chiefs, with five. The Chargers are in a very select group, over great offensive teams like the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams or Atlanta Falcons.
So who are these five players on the Chargers? They are fairly easy to guess.
Rivers was chosen to both the 2017 and 2018 Pro Bowls, two of the eight Pro Bowls he has been chosen to in his illustrious career. He even displayed his skill by beating Drew Brees in the Precision Passing challenge in 2017.
Also chosen to both Pro Bowls is Keenan Allen. One of the most underrated receivers in the league, he has had over 1,100 yards, six touchdowns and at least 97 receptions in the past two seasons.
The third player is Melvin Gordon, who completes the big three of skill position players of the Chargers. No. 25 (just switched from 28) couldn’t repeat his 1,000-yard season in 2018 due to injuries but still had 14 total touchdowns over the 12 games he played. He averaged 115 total yards per game. This was enough to earn him a spot on the 2018 Pro Bowl roster.
To round out the team are a pair of offensive linemen. Russell Okung was selected as an alternate for the 2017 Pro Bowl in his first season with the Chargers. Mike Pouncey repeated the same feat, as he made the 2018 Pro Bowl in his first season in L.A.
The Chargers have a lot of stars currently on their roster, both on offense and on defense. This shows how well-rounded a team Tom Telesco has built, and his prowess at drafting and signing free agents. Now the Chargers have to prove that their talented roster can go all the way.