The LA Chargers front office did a lot of work this offseason to bolster the roster and take advantage of Justin Herbert being on his rookie contract. What resulted was perhaps the most notable offseason in franchise history when it comes to bringing new talent into the mix.
Most of the additions were on the defensive side of the football. This was fitting (and predictable) considering the Chargers were one of the worst defensive teams in the league last season despite hiring a defensive-minded coach in Brandon Staley.
Staley did not have the tools to execute the kind of defense that he wanted to execute and this offseason was about fixing that. Now, Staley has a better defense that can execute his defensive vision for this team. Perhaps the biggest part of that vision is the secondary, which is being regarded as one of the best in the league.
The Chargers' new-look secondary is ranked in the top tier of NFL teams.
Pro Football Focus recently ranked every secondary in the NFL and the Chargers have to like where they wound up. PFF ranked the Chargers eighth among the 32 teams, putting them in an exclusive club. The article was broken down into tiers and the Chargers were the last team in the top tier titled "where do offenses even attack?".
The Chargers join the Ravens, Buccaneers, Browns, Packers, Dolphins, Bills and Saints as the best teams in the league. That is quite the group to be part of and it is a great sign for the Bolts moving forward.
Staley's defense is built on the idea of emptying the box and having a deep and versatile secondary. Not only did the Chargers add more top-end talent in J.C. Jackson but the depth of the secondary is far better than it was a year ago.
The other teams in the AFC West all rank lower than the Chargers, which is a great thing considering it is going to be an offensive war in the division. The Broncos, Chiefs and Raiders rank 12th, 14th and 29th, respectively.
If the offense can be as good (or even slightly better) as it was last season and the secondary can be as good as advertised then the sky truly is the limit for the Chargers.
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Of course, the games actually have to be played and anything can happen on any given Sunday. But from a pure talent standpoint, you could make the case that the Bolts are the best team on paper in the entire NFL.