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LA Chargers midseason: Five positives of the 2020 season so far

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 08: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks down field during a 31-26 Las Vegas Raiders win at SoFi Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 08: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks down field during a 31-26 Las Vegas Raiders win at SoFi Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Shane Steichen’s offensive outputs

Prior to the season, Shane Steichen might’ve been viewed as the question mark on the coaching staff. Now, he’s arguably the best part of the coaching staff when you consider the struggles of Anthony Lynn and Gus Bradley this season.

Steichen isn’t the most popular guy this week with his two goal-line fade calls at the end of the Raiders game, but it’s hard to not recognize what he’s done all season. The Chargers’ offense averaged 367 yards per game last season.

An offense with many of the same pieces as last year, aside from Herbert, is now second in the league with 420 yards per game. In the last three games, the Chargers rank best in the league with 470 yards per game.

What’s been most impressive about Steichen to me is finding ways to get production out of the lesser-known commodities on the roster. Whether it’s two touchdowns from Donald Parham, the emergence of Jalen Guyton as a deep threat or a breakout game from a practice squad player like Kalen Ballage, the rookie offensive coordinator keeps scheming up magic.

Fans might quibble with his play-calling from time to time, but the results speak for themselves. This is a significantly better offense than last season, and he’s at the very least partially responsible for that.

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