NFL teams are in the midst of training camp and the preseason has begun. So what do we expect from the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017?

It’s safe to say we’re not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming NFL season. Since March, we have strung together four different series in preparation for the fall. We just concluded looking at all 32 teams’ most improved area. That was preceded by pieces on a club’s best offseason addition, some facts, figures and feats for each squad, as well as an up-and-coming player for each roster.

So call this one for the thumb. With the regular-season rapidly approaching, we’ll take a look at what we could expect from each team. Every team wants to win the Super Bowl. However, 31 teams will obviously be disappointed. So we have been taking a look at all 32 clubs (in original 2017 draft order) and doing a little analysis. You can play catch up right here. So what are we really expecting from the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017?

You look at the talent in general when it comes to the Los Angeles Chargers and you wonder what has happened to a club that has finished with a combined nine wins the past two seasons. It just seems that the team can get on the same page when it comes to both sides of the ball. This past season, the Bolts were among the NFL leaders with 28 takeaways. The team proceeded to commit a league-high 35 takeaways.

Quarterback Philip Rivers had issues with ball security this past season while second-year running back Melvin Gordon had a Pro Bowl year. The team also wound up with the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in pass-rushing force Joey Bosa. This offseason, new head coach Anthony Lynn and the front office didn’t sign a lot of free agents. That may change down the line as the Chargers’ top two draft choices in April – wide receiver Mike Williams and guard Forrest Lamp – have dealt with severe injuries. And the latter will not play this season.


Combine the team’s new looks at head coach (Lynn) and defensive coordinator (Gus Bradley), it may take a little time for this team to get its total act in gear. The one thing the Los Angeles Chargers must learn to do is finish game – a major issue these past two seasons. If Mike Williams plays this season, that will be a major plus. But the club’s biggest obstacle has been their three rivals in the AFC West. The Bolts own a combined 1-11 record within the division since 2015. And until they learn to beat these old friend, a third straight 10-plus loss season appears to be on the horizon.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for and the founder of Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

About The Author

Russell S. Baxter
EndZoneScore (NFL) Lead Columnist

A freelance NFL writer, editor, researcher and analyst for more than 30 years with a background in both television (ESPN)--contributing to shows that won 5 Emmy Awards--as well as radio (both live and voice-over), Baxter is the founder of He also writes for NFL Spin Zone, FanSided, Pro Football Spot, Blasting News and The Sports Post. He has written for Bleacher Report, Cold Hard Football Facts, Pro Player Insiders, The Football Girl,, NFL Female and more. Baxter has been a steady guest on Yahoo! Sports Radio, NBC Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio, FOX Sports Radio and also appear on a weekly basis during the NFL season on Patriots Playbook on Radio. Baxter can be heard on numerous other stations and podcasts across the country and all over the world. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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