Chargers Draft

Why the Chargers can’t pass on a first-round quarterback

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 01: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks warms up prior to Rose Bowl game presented by Northwestern Mutual against the Wisconsin Badgers at Rose Bowl on January 01, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 01: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks warms up prior to Rose Bowl game presented by Northwestern Mutual against the Wisconsin Badgers at Rose Bowl on January 01, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on from the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on from the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Things are set up nicely for a new QB

With the team not having to commit to Rivers at this point with his contract running out combined with the fact that Anthony Lynn was signed to a contract extension, it sets the stage for a change at the top position.

Does Lynn’s extension guarantee the team will draft a quarterback in the first round? No, but it is a huge possibility.

In Lynn’s time as the team’s head coach, he’s had Rivers as his quarterback and he’s had to design his offense and his weekly gameplans around what Rivers can and can’t do.

For the last several years, the team has looked at getting quarterbacks with the ability to be mobile on the roster. This list includes Tyrod Taylor, Easton Stick, Cardale Jones (heck, the team even worked out Robert Griffin III at one point).

This shows the direction that the team would like to go in. Having Taylor on the roster as a terrific placeholder for whoever the future starting quarterback might be gives the Chargers a huge advantage and shows that the team may have seen this all coming last offseason when it signed him despite already having Rivers on the roster following a wildly successful season.

A coach with a new contract, a terrific veteran quarterback that can be a “bridge” to the future and a high draft pick could easily equal taking one of the big names in the first round.

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