The LA Chargers suffered perhaps the worst loss in franchise history and it can be incredibly hard to look ahead to the future. Losses like this stick with a team for a long time and certainly stick with the fanbase until Week 1 of the next season in September.
Thinking about the 2023 season and the Chargers' chances in said season may seem like a massive waste of time for Chargers fans. Fans are completely justified to feel that way. However, at the end of the day, there is still a bigger picture that the franchise is striving towards.
The bare bones for success are there. This is not a 3-14 team that is completely rebuilding. However, the Bolts simply cannot roll into the 2023 season with absolutely no changes and expect there to be different results.
3 things that must happen for the LA Chargers to win the Super Bowl next season:
3. The Chargers need a draft class than can actually contribute
The Chargers have been rather hit or miss with the NFL Draft. There are years in which the team lands Rashawn Slater, Asante Samuel Jr. and Joshua Palmer all in one year. Then there are other years where the team doesn't even activate its third and fourth-round pick because they are not ready.
Los Angeles desperately needs to hit a home run with the draft class if they are going to make the leap into contention next season. It can't just be a class where they land a solid first-round pick and the rest of players are projects. They need to land several key players in key areas.
A big reason why this is the case is the team's lack of financial flexibility in the offseason. There are holes to fill on this roster but the team does not have the assets to fill the,. Thus, the draft becomes imperative to fill that void.