Justin Herbert

Chargers: Why Justin Herbert might already be a lock to win the 2022 MVP

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1. The LA Chargers are going to have more team success

If we are just talking about how valuable a player is to their franchise then you can make a case that Justin Herbert should have won the award last season. If you take a league-average quarterback and put him on the Kansas City Chiefs or the Green Bay Packers last season then they are still probably a .500 football team.

If you were to put a league-average quarterback on the LA Chargers last season then we would be writing about the team having a top-five pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Imagine if Teddy Bridgewater was back there under center with a broken right side of the offensive line and one of the worst defenses in the entire league.

All that being said, the Chargers still finished 9-8 and that felt like a disappointment as Herbert was so good that the team should have won 10+ games. The talent, particularly on defense, was not there. However, next season will be different.

The Bolts have added two legitimate blue-chippers to the defensive side of the football in J.C. Jackson and Khalil Mack. They have added reinforcements to improve the dreadful run defense. LA can now actually run Brandon Staley's defense.

This is a team that is going to have a top-five offense in the league and with the changes being made they could have a top-10 defense as well. That is going to result in team success, and as we know, having team success is a huge portion of the MVP criteria.