LA Chargers’ potential award winner: Tyrod Taylor, Comeback Player of the Year
The last time that the LA Chargers had a Comeback Player of the Year winner was 2013 when Philip Rivers won the award after a solid season that was following a really bad 2012 season.
The Chargers’ new quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, is in the prime position to win this award in 2020. If his season goes the way that the Chargers seem to be hoping it does then he will undoubtedly win the award.
The question is not if he has the narrative to win the award, as that is half the battle. The question is whether or not he will show up and play to the level that the team and fans are hoping for in order to win an award that he should be favorited for.
Taylor has not started a meaningful NFL game since 2017. Despite leading the Bills to their first playoff appearance in 18 years, Buffalo decided to move on and trade Taylor to the Cleveland Browns for a third-round pick.
His tenure there was terrible as it was a poor fit and it showed in the first two weeks. He was hurt in Week 3 and Baker Mayfield took over the offense and won the game, winning him the starting job as well.
Now, Taylor is getting another chance to be a starting quarterback in front of an exciting rookie quarterback and he has more weapons around him than he ever has in his career. That is promising, but if the offensive line does not make the improvements that are expected then Taylor will be playing behind the worst offensive line of his career.
And throughout his career, Taylor has been pretty bad with pressure in his face. That really is the make-or-break factor in the kind of season he is going to have in 2020. If the O-line holds up, and he looks like 2015 Tyrod Taylor and leads the Chargers to a winning record then the award is undoubtedly his.
Well, as long as Big Ben doesn’t have a spectacular season (spoiler alert: we don’t think he will).