The LA Chargers are heading into one of the most anticipated seasons in franchise history. Tom Telesco is coming off of the most notable offseason of his tenure as Chargers GM as the Bolts have a unit that is seemingly good enough to contend for a Super Bowl.
This is not the first time that the Chargers have received crazy hype before the season and there likely are fans throughout the league who don't buy into the hype. The Bolts have fallen short of expectations before, so it is fair.
However, this year is different for the Chargers. Not only do the Bolts have a quarterback who should be in the running for the MVP award (no disrespect to Philip Rivers), but the team has a roster that is stacked with talent and is deeper than years past.
This is the most talented roster the Chargers have had since the 2006 season, where the team went 14-2. In fact, this is one of the most talented rosters in the entire league. But don't just take our word for it.
Pro Football Focus ranks the Chargers as the third-most talented team in the NFL.
Pro Football Focus updated their 2022 roster rankings following roster cuts and Chargers fans do not have to scroll down very far on the list to get to their team. PFF ranks the Chargers as the third-most talented team in the league, behind only the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That means that the Chargers rank higher than the two teams in the Super Bowl last year (Rams fourth, Bengals seventh) as well as every other team in the AFC West (Chiefs eighth, Broncos 14th, Raiders 21st).
Chiefs, Broncos and Raiders fans will say that this list is absurd and that the Chargers have to prove it on the field. That is fine. Talent doesn't always directly lead to results as the Bolts do in fact have to go out and prove it. The Chargers have not accomplished anything yet and until they do, we cannot give them the same benefit of the doubt as other teams get.
But it should not take long for the Chargers to go out and prove it. Los Angeles hosts the Raiders in Week 1 and then heads to Kansas City on a short week in Week 2. As long as the Chargers execute, they could start the season with two big wins against two AFC West foes in just four days.
If that wouldn't be a massive statement to the rest of the league I don't quite know what would be.