If you spend any amount of time around Dan Quinn, you’ll notice that there are several words he consistently uses to describe the type of play he wants to see from the defense. It’s not just “fast and physical,” but also “toughness and grit.”
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, those new arrivals will be broken in against some of the NFL’s top defenses. No team in the league held opponents to fewer yards per play than Denver. Kansas City held opponents to a 79.5 passer rating, making quarterbacks look like an analog to Blake Bortles in the process. Oakland boasts the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and bolstered Mack with high-ceiling defensive backs Gareon Conley and Obi Melifonwu in the draft.
The Chiefs are defending division champions. The Raiders were a Derek Carr injury away from making some real noise in the 2016 playoffs. The Broncos are fewer than two years from a Super Bowl title. Moving up the ladder won’t be easy.
The rest of the team’s schedule provides some respite — finishing last in their division means the Chargers get to face opponents like the Jaguars, Browns, and Jets — but it’s not all rainbows. Los Angeles also has to face scary defenses like those of the Patriots and Giants.
That’s going to put a major strain on the Chargers explosive offense, even if Cheap Jerseys Made In USA everyone stays healthy. Los Angeles is betting big that last year’s poor performance was more fluke than a structural problem, and the numbers bear that out. However, with one of the league’s Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale toughest schedules looming, the Chargers may not have anything to show for their improvement in 2017.