The Los Angeles Chargers, like 29 other teams, will be watching Super Bowl LIV from home.
But the way the NFL is currently constructed, teams can bounce back from a poor year and be in the Super Bowl the very next. Just look at the San Francisco 49ers, who won the NFC this season after going 4-12 last year.
The 49ers had the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and selected Nick Bosa, but that is just one of many moves the team has made since John Lynch became general manager and hired Kyle Shanahan as his head coach.
Though it doesn’t happen by sheer luck, teams in the NFL can make a quick turnaround. It happens basically every season.
The Chargers went 5-11 this past season but there are many great building blocks already on the roster. Those are the players that made the Chargers a trendy Super Bowl pick before the 2019 season got underway.
Of course, it became painfully obvious that this year’s Chargers weren’t going to sniff the Super Bowl pretty quickly after the season started. That can all change, however, if Tom Telesco takes a more aggressive approach in the offseason than he is used to and signs some key free agents.
As shown on Over the Cap, the Chargers have a little over $48 million in cap space. That gives Telesco some room to make some moves to get this team to Tampa next year. Extra cap space could also be created by eliminating some contracts such as Russell Okung, Denzel Perryman and Mike Pouncey.
That’s right, these three players, if signed by the Chargers, could help the team reach Super Bowl LV. It wouldn’t come easy or be cheap, but Super Bowls don’t come to the teams that sit around and wait for it to happen.