LA Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Which is better for Urban Meyer?
The case for the LA Chargers:
The first thing that has to be mentioned is Justin Herbert. Herbert just arguably had the greatest rookie season in NFL history and that is nothing to scoff at. Yes, Trevor Lawrence is phenomenal and is as much of a sure thing as you can be, but Herbert has already proven in the NFL that he can be a top-five quarterback at his best.
For that reason, I would call it a wash between Herbert and Lawrence. The ceiling is higher with Lawrence, but you get one extra year of experience at NFL speed with Herbert.
The Chargers’ roster is also built to contend right away with some minor tweaks, whereas the Jaguars are probably going to be a 2-3 year project, much like the Miami Dolphins when Brian Flores took over.
The Chargers were 7-9 with terrible coaching and bad injury luck last season. All they need is a decent-enough draft and some good free agent depth and this is a team that could legitimately win 12 games next season.
They could have a top-five quarterback, top-five receiver, top-five edge rusher, top-five safety, top-eight tight end (if Hunter Henry re-signs) and a top-five dual-threat running back who is top-10 overall in the league.
That is a lot of talent with enough room around it for Meyer and Telesco to construct the roster how they envision while having a fantastic foundation of talent to build on.
If Meyer wants to win right away, with some of his skill position players already set in stone thus not getting to completely build the roster, the LA Chargers is the better team.