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Why should I believe in the 2017 Los Angeles Chargers?

June 18th, 2017 at 3:18 PM
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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

We need to talk.

There is an awful lot of big predictions going on around the inaugural season of the Los Angeles Chargers. In fact, you’d have an easier time finding experts predicting the Chargers to win the AFC West than you would finding anyone predicting that the team will finish under .500 for the third consecutive season.

Don’t believe me? Here’s what I get when I search for “Chargers AFC West” on Google:

Am I missing something? Did the Chargers add a big-name free agent that changes the dynamic of the entire team in the offseason? By my accounts, this team isn’t all that different from the squad that went 9-23 over the last two years.

What has changed that has people convinced that this losing football team is suddenly going to be champions of maybe the most competitive division in the league?

Head Coach

Mike McCoy, who was terrible, is out. Anthony Lynn, who is a great unknown, is in.

Sure, that seems like an upgrade! Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing if Lynn is any better or worse at the position than McCoy (who was once thought of to be a fantastic Head Coach candidate).

Defensive Coordinator

John Pagano, who was fine, is out. Gus Bradley, who might be terrible, is in.

Anyone who says that Bradley provides an …

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