1. Justin Herbert
The Bolts will only go as far as their Pro Bowl quarterback will take them and lucky for them, he seems to be the real deal. After two record-breaking seasons, the Oregon product is primed for his next step in 2022 as he seeks his first playoff appearance, and potentially, much more.
Coming off a Pro Bowl season where he became the first Chargers passer to eclipse 5,000 yards in a season, Herbert has shown he can handle battles with the league’s best. In a stacked division that features the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Derek Carr and veteran AFC West newcomer, Russell Wilson, Herbo has shown he can duel with them all.
What’s most enticing about next season is that Hebert will have had a chance to really decompress and download offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi’s offensive gameplan. That, along with potential reinforcements along the offensive line, and Herbert should have an even better handle for the Bolts next season.
What’s more, head coach Staley’s full vision of the Chargers should reach its potential next season after working out some kinks in year one. Maybe there will be some bumps along the way, in fact, there will be, but the Chargers have all the key pieces of a contender in place.