All offseason we have been touting how talented the LA Chargers are heading into the 2022 season and that the front office did a great job in building a complete team. This is easily the most talented team that the Bolts have had on paper since LaDainian Tomlinson's MVP season in 2006.
What happened that season? The Chargers went 14-2 in the regular season and were one fumbled Marlon McCree interception from probably making (and potentially winning) the Super Bowl. There are similarities between this year's team and that 2006 Chargers team.
We are not the only ones who recognize that the Chargers are one of the most talented teams in the league as other NFL pundits and experts seem to share the same sentiments. Pro Football Focus recently ranked all 32 rosters in the league by overall talent and the Chargers ranked as high as they probably ever have since PFF was founded.
The LA Chargers were ranked as the third-most talented team in the NFL.
There are only two teams that PFF puts in front of the LA Chargers when it comes to overall talent on the roster: the Buffalo Bills and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Outside of that, PFF thinks that the Bolts are better than every other team in the league on paper.
The team's biggest weakness that PFF pointed out in the analysis might not even end up being a weakness, either. Ben Linsley pointed out how the right tackle position went unaddressed as the Bolts are relying on a position battle between Storm Norton (who was very bad last season) and the unproven Trey Pipkins.
While it is absolutely fair to question this dynamic and call it a weakness, signs coming out of Chargers camp are promising for Pipkins. There is a world in which he is an average right tackle next season, which would be massive for the Bolts.
It is nice to see the Chargers as the highest-ranked team in a loaded AFC West, proving that the Bolts are good enough to win the division as long as the team does not get in its own way. The Chiefs were barely a top-10 team as they were ranked ninth; Denver was ranked 14th and Las Vegas was ranked all the way down at 21.
Anything can happen on any given Sunday, but the Chargers have to like their chances heading into the 2022 season. After all, about every football expert seems to like their chances.