The Los Angeles Chargers are stacked on paper, but they aren't winning anything this season if they don't improve on defense. Last year, they ranked 23rd in total yards allowed per game (360.1) and 30th in points allowed (27.0).
Furthermore, they finished with the third-worst run defense and tallied the 12th-fewest sacks of any team in the NFL. That's a recipe for disaster, so it speaks volumes to what Justin Herbert and Co. accomplished on offense that LA finished with nine wins and missed the playoffs by the skin of their teeth.
The good news is the Chargers made major upgrades on the defensive side of the ball this season. By adding JC Jackson and Bryce Callahan in the secondary and beefing up the front seven in the form of Khalik Mack, Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson, this once-feeble defense seems poised for improvement.
These high-profile pickups have taken some of the spotlight away from Joey Bosa, who's busy turning in the best start of training camp in his career.
His words, not ours!
Chargers star Joey Bosa is full of confidence at training camp
Here's Bosa's full quote following Sunday's training camp scrimmage
"I felt pretty good out there. I think these are the best two weeks I’ve had in any of my years, so far, coming into camp. I remember after the scrimmage last year I was like, ‘Dang, I suck.’ And then it started coming to me. I feel like I’m really feeling it. My moves are coming nice and naturally."
"I think my moves were getting better. I figured out some things, how I wanted to rush. I think I had a really good offseason compared to last year and the last eight weeks coming into this offseason. I was just stacking every single day, getting stronger. Me and Nick [Bosa] had some good pass rush days."
Those quotes are pretty terrifying considering Bosa's made three consecutive Pro Bowls and was a one-man wrecking crew on the Chargers' DL last year.
In 16 games, the now-27-year-old logged 10.5 sacks, 20 QB hits, 69 pressures, seven forced fumbles, which ranked second among all defenders and a 90.3 pass-rush grade that ranked fourth among edge rushers, according to PFF.
The fact Bosa has more confidence in his arsenal of moves is scary to think about. Not to mention, he's studying film more carefully thanks to Mack, who's been feeding him pointers as far as what to look for when analyzing opposing OL and other edge rushers.
We know quotes like these are standard for NFL training camp, but Bosa has given Chargers fans every reason to believe there's real meaning behind it.
Finally surrounded by legitimate talent at all three levels, it's not crazy to think Year 7 could be the best of Bosa's career.