For the first time in a decade and a half, someone without the name “Rivers” on the back of their jersey will be the starting quarterback of the LA Chargers. After a disappointing season, Philip Rivers signed a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts and the Chargers are transitioning to a long-term approach.
With various free-agent quarterbacks still available as well as an intriuging quarterback draft class, the Chargers could go a myriad of directions in 2020 and beyond.
Right now, the most likely outcome is that Tyrod Taylor will be the starting quarterback. Anthony Lynn has already stated that Taylor is in line for the starting job in 2020 and could even be the quarterback beyond that.
However, a lot can happen to change the situation and even if Taylor is a 1-2 year plan, the team is likely still going to make some sort of quarterback acquisition.
With that in mind, I decided to rank the six quarterbacks that have legitimate legs to start for the Chargers in 2020 by personal preference alone.
LA Chargers starting quarterback option: 6. Jordan Love
Out of any potential starter for the LA Chargers, Jordan Love is easily my least favorite. Even if you are someone who is high on his eventual upside, you have to recognize that him starting in 2020 could be a disaster waiting to happen.
This would be the case if something were to happen to Taylor, similar to what happened in Cleveland, or if Taylor played so badly that the team transitioned earlier than expected to the rookie quarterback, with that quarterback being Jordan Love.
It is easy to get excited about Love’s arm, the mind-boggling throws he can make as well as his athleticism. However, his decision-making, as well as arm accuracy, is an issue and while he could improve over time, he will struggle in his rookie year after throwing 17 picks in the Mountain West.
Love’s issues could be resolved, personally I am not hopeful that they will be. His arm talent alone won’t be able to carry him to success in the NFL and out of any quarterback in the draft, he is my least favorite candidate.