3. The Chargers, however, do need depth at wide receiver
Leading into my third point, you can be a team like the Chiefs, Jaguars, or Giants from this season and get away with a lack of elite wide receivers, but if you're going to go that route (ahem, Chargers), you need to make sure you've got a lot of options in the meantime.
I've been preaching to the choir on this the past two seasons, but the Chargers simply have not given Justin Herbert enough guys to throw the football to. Not necessarily "elite" guys. Not necessarily guys who "fit the scheme and are serviceable," but rather just from a numbers perspective. The depth chart has been thin for the past two seasons of Justin's career and it has hurt the team.
More so this season because both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams dealt with injuries the entire way and were not able to both be on the field together for half of the 18 games. And even if they were, neither were the best versions of themselves because they were hurt.
Austin Ekeler, in essence, was the number one receiver of this team. And most of his action in the passing game was just Joe Lombardi and Justin Herbert throwing screens to him to extend the run game.
Ekeler is a great player, but he should not be leading the target share on a team with a quarterback as gifted as Justin Herbert.
Going into the Draft and free agency, the Chargers need to put more men around Justin- plain and simple. They don't have to be Tyreek Hills or Justin Jeffersons, but they need to be able to get down the field and get open. Kellen Moore should be able to scheme them for the most part.
Just put more guys on the depth chart, so when things happen like you lose your top two receivers, you aren't left being forced to force-feed your running back on short passes with a quarterback who can outthrow anybody in this league.
The Chiefs spread the ball around this year to JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Travis Kelce, Justin Watson, Noah Gray, Jody Fortson, Mecole Hardman, Sky Moore, and Kadarius Toney.
Having options to throw to is what made the 2022-23 Super Bowl champions.
Chargers, get more guys. Spread the damn ball around. If you haven't learned that lesson by now, it'd be a very sad occurrence.