The LA Chargers should be on everyone's radar as a legitimate Super Bowl contender this upcoming season. The Bolts had a fantastic offseason that addressed the team's biggest needs and now, on paper, the Chargers are one of the most talented teams in the entire league.
Of course, paper does not play football games and the Chargers have to go out and prove that they are one of the most talented teams in the league every week. As long as the team does not get in its own way, the results should take care of themselves.
Those results are also going to open the door for individual Chargers to win awards at the end of the 2022 season. While we can sit here all day and talk about what awards could be won, there are two that are absolute locks if the Chargers have the kind of success that we think they will.
2 awards that Chargers will almost certainly take home in 2022:
MVP: Justin Herbert
Justin Herbert already put together MVP numbers last season and if we took the term literally, it is hard to argue that he is not the most valuable player to his specific team in the league. Now Herbert has even more talent on offense, a better offensive line and is in the second year of this offensive system.
It is going to be hard for Herbert to improve from his monster year last season but he is likely still going to do so. As we know, half of winning the MVP award is winning the narrative and Herbert will have the narrative as long as the Chargers are successful.
He is a young quarterback who is piloting a Chargers team that has only made the playoffs twice since 2010 to one of the best records in the league despite playing in the super-tough AFC West. All Herbert needs is the team success and the MVP award is a lock.
Coach of the Year: Brandon Staley
All the same can be said for Brandon Staley. If the Chargers end up winning 12+ games in this cutthroat division then it is going to be hard to deny Staley the Coach of the Year award. He is a fresh face that helped this franchise make that leap, which is always more impactful for voting than being an established team that continues to win.
Staley also has an edginess about him because of his fourth-down decision-making that is only going to help his cause. If the Chargers are great, and Staley had some stone-cold fourth-down calls, the voters are going to look at him in an extremely favorable light.
Chargers fans know that even though Staley did not make the playoffs in his first season that he changed the culture of the team for the better. Hopefully, in 2022 he gets his flowers for what he has done for this team since being hired.