Los Angeles Chargers 2017 Season Preview

With San Diego in their rear view mirror, the Chargers took their show up the freeway to Los Angeles. Now fans are hoping the change of scenery coupled with a  new coaching staff can change the fortunes of the franchise that has gone 9-23 over their last two seasons.

2016 Record: 5-11

Subtractions: G DJ Fluker, WR Stevie Johnson, OT King Dunlap, CB Brandon Flowers

Additions: Head Coach Anthony Lynn, Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley, OT Russell Okung, S Tre Boston

Notable Rookies: WR Mike Williams, G Forrest Lamp, CB Desmond King

Analysis:

Their 5-11 finish last season was a game better than the previous year, but it wasn’t enough progress for Mike McCoy to keep his job as head coach. Anthony Lynn, a Bill Parcells disciple with an old-school, no-nonsense reputation is the next man up. He’s brought in Gus Bradley (who flamed out as head coach in Jacksonville) to be his defensive coordinator. Bradley will switch the defense’s scheme from 3-4 to 4-3, so it’s worth following to see how last year’s first round pick, stud pass-rusher Joey Bosa, will respond. This year’s first round pick, receiver Mike Williams will begin the season on the PUP list. The team was bit hard by the injury bug during the first half of last season so the team is hoping for improved health this year.  Philip Rivers is inked in as the starting quarterback so they’ve always got a shot, but expecting a rookie head coach to win the AFC West with this roster might be asking a lot.