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LA Chargers: 5 steps to return to the playoffs in 2021

Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn speaks with quarterback Justin Herbert (10) against the Las Vegas Raiders during overtime at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn speaks with quarterback Justin Herbert (10) against the Las Vegas Raiders during overtime at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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The LA Chargers have the talent to make the NFL Playoffs in 2021.

The LA Chargers are in the midst of their second-straight losing season after a fantastic 12-4 season in 2018. The Chargers are currently 5-9 on the season and with the Kansas City Chiefs still in-store, a 6-10 record is probably the absolute ceiling for LA.

This year was more disappointing than last year because of the emergence of Justin Herbert and how the team still could not post a winning record. However, it does make Charger fans hopeful for the future, as they have the elite young quarterback needed to contend for a Super Bowl.

This team should be in the mix for the playoffs next season. Here are the steps the front office needs to take to get there.

1. Fire Anthony Lynn and his staff

This one is obvious. Anthony Lynn appears to be a great mentor and motivator but that is where the line is drawn in the sand. His clock management is woeful, his decisions in-game are flawed and the team has been woeful in close games over the last two years for a reason.

This team needs to hit the refresh button. They have far more talent than their record indicates and while they have been a little unlucky, when it becomes a trend you cannot look any further than the coaching staff.

Lynn will get a coordinator or position job with another team and I would not be shocked if he is quite good in that role. He just has not been the right man for the job for the LA Chargers and this season showed it.

I mean, c’mon. He is getting the best rookie quarterback season in NFL history. Many expected him to go 8-8 with Tyrod Taylor.

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