Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports – LA Chargers
1. The roster already has the Super Bowl formula in place
I could have made this first reason just Justin Herbert and it would have been just as compelling. However, the roster is intriguing for more than just Herbert, although Herbert is at the center of it.
Perhaps the best Super Bowl-winning formula in the NFL is to strike gold on a quarterback in the NFL Draft that excels on their rookie contract. Thus, you can afford to surround said quarterback with a lot of talent because they are still on their rookie deal.
The Kansas City Chiefs did it with Patrick Mahomes, the Philadelphia Eagles did it with Carson Wentz (even though he did not play in the Super Bowl) and the Seattle Seahawks did it with Russell Wilson.
The Chargers have Herbert on his rookie contract and have that extra bit of cap space to surround him with really talented players. And for the most part, he is already surrounded with Super Bowl-caliber pieces.
The Chargers have a top-five wide receiver in Keenan Allen, a top-five edge rusher in Joey Bosa and a top-five (when healthy) safety in Derwin James. If Herbert plays like a top-five quarterback (which he arguably already is) then it is hard to refute the Bolts as legitimate contenders… with the right coaching in place.
We have seen this formula before and we are seeing it happen right in front of us yet again.