The LA Chargers enter the 2021 season as one of the most interesting teams in the league. The Bolts definitely have the star power to make noise this season with the hope that the coaching change will make the difference.
It is easy to always look at the glass half-full when you are a fan of a specific team and expect them to make the playoffs. That being said, I took the unpopular stance last year that the Chargers would not make the playoffs.
This year is different.
While being as objective as possible, it is hard to look at the Bolts and not see a playoff team. Let's break down the main reasons why.
Why the LA Chargers will undoubtedly make the playoffs in 2021:
1. Justin Herbert is great and has every reason to get better
Those that are predicting a sophomore slump for Justin Herbert are probably just doing so because they were so wrong about him in his rookie season and they are hoping to be right. Is it possible? Sure. But all signs are pointing otherwise.
Herbert succeeded last season in spite of his situation. With a bad coaching staff, a horrendous offensive line and the situation not only with the wonky 2020 season but him having such short notice should have set him up to fail.
It didn't. Herbert excelled and had the greatest rookie season of all time.
This season is much better for Herbert as he has a much-improved offensive line and a coaching staff that is implementing a much more modern and analytical offense. As long as the team can stay healthy, with a year of experience, Herbert should be elite.
The most influential thing to determine a team's ceiling is the quarterback's ceiling and the LA Chargers have a quarterback with one of the biggest ceilings in the league.