Tyrod Taylor will most likely be the starting quarterback for the LA Chargers in 2020. What can we expect?
As per the title, this will be a bold prediction article about Tyrod Taylor. By no means is he considered the long term starter for this franchise, but I personally would be pretty surprised if he didn’t start for the majority of this season. Justin Herbert will have his time, but the team seems pretty content with Taylor acting as a one-year bridge starter.
Taylor is not a household name, he’s mobile but isn’t considered flashy. Almost everyone remembers him for getting benched in favor of Nathan Peterman in Buffalo and then again in Cleveland in favor of Baker Mayfield.
What everyone fails to remember is that Taylor has been to a Pro Bowl before, and after the LA Chargers defense destroyed the Bills in Peterman’s lone start, Taylor actually bounced back and led the Bills to their first playoff appearance in nearly two decades.
This team clearly believes in his ability, otherwise they would’ve been more aggressive either in free agency, or the draft. Of course, that also means they believe in Herbert long term, but the point is they are comfortable with Taylor leading the charge (pun intended) in 2020.
All offseason, head coach Anthony Lynn and his staff have talked about taking this franchise into the modern era of quarterback play. Lynn played under the Shanahan system while in Denver and worked with Greg Roman, current Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator, in Buffalo.
The coaching staff has hinted at molding their new offense as a combination of what we’ve seen under the Shanahan coaching tree and what we are seeing in Baltimore with Lamar Jackson.
This is why I am very excited about Taylor’s outlook on this upcoming system. If you go back and watch his film from Cleveland you’ll quickly notice that they were not using Taylor in the correct way, or in a way that fit the roster.
That Browns team had one of the worst offensive lines I’ve ever seen in the NFL and they were asking Taylor to take seven-step drops on every play, which is not ideal.
In Buffalo, they did some more creative things with him but the pace of play that they were running was painful to watch at times. Lynn knows he has to keep up with the Chiefs, he knows the team has to be more versatile in every aspect.
This is why I think we are going to see Taylor lead an offense that’s certainly going to be more run-oriented than we are accustomed to, but it will be a creative and high tempo offense as well.
I am looking forward to watching this team perform in 2020. I don’t know how many wins they’ll have but I do know it’s going to be a lot of fun watching them. I think Taylor is going to surprise a lot of people this year and bring a different level of juice to this franchise.
So, without further ado here are three bold predictions for Taylor in 2020: