Most intriguing x-factors on the LA Chargers: QB Tyrod Taylor
This almost seems like a cop-out inclusion on this list as it is so obvious but Taylor fits the billing perfectly. He absolutely intriguing, as there are so many mixed expectations for him in 2020, and he is a massive x-factor, as he will decide the fate of the Chargers in 2020.
I am not trying to over-exaggerate when I say that Taylor will single-handily decide how good the LA Chargers are in 2020. If he is a game-manager then the Chargers will win 7-9 games and lose the first playoff game, if they make it. If he plays better than he has before then the team will win 10 games and could make a deep run. If he plays worse than before then the Chargers win six or fewer games.
Taylor has such a talented roster around him, which is seemingly putting him in a great situation to succeed, but that does not always mean success. That same talented roster, albeit with injuries, existed last season as well and poor quarterback play and bad breaks led to 11 losses.
Injuries are going to happen, so we cannot just sit here and expect the Chargers not to get hurt like last year. It is football, the Chargers are going to lose 1-2 significant players throughout the course of the season. It is inevitable. We cannot use that as a sole excuse for last season.
Can Taylor overcome any potential injuries? Can he lead the offense to be good enough to piggyback off of a great defense? Can he be an average starting quarterback after not having a full-time starting role for three seasons?
Some fans are optimistic, some are pessimistic. Regardless of how you feel, Taylor is going to decide the fate of the 2020 LA Chargers as Justin Herbert’s time is 2021.