The Los Angeles Chargers had an up and down season year, and we learned a lot about the team. They showed some signs of being a Super Bowl contender, some games, and other games they looked like one of the worst teams in football. Let’s look at the five biggest takeaways from the Chargers 2019 season.
5. The Chargers have something special with Austin Ekeler
Melvin Gordon is the most talked-about Chargers running back, but the real star of the show is Austin Ekeler. He is solid running the ball, but his real strength is catching the ball and making people miss in the open field. Almost 1,000 yards receiving and eight touchdowns are impressive, and not enough people talk about it.
Ekeler is a restricted free agent this offseason and is going to be in line for a big payday.
4. Joey Bosa is a superstar and earned himself a lot of money
Joey Bosa is a superstar and a headache for any opposing offensive line trying to block him. Through 15 games, Bosa has 11.5 sacks, which put him up to 40 in his career. Consistently he was double-teamed, and that still wasn’t enough to keep him out of the backfield.
The Chargers better be saving up now, because after his rookie contract is done, they are going to have to back up the brinks truck in front of his house to keep him.
3. Hunter Henry is one of the most underrated tight ends… when he’s healthy
Hunter Henry is a problem for defenses, but he also had an issue staying on the field. Henry missed four games because of injury, and that has been the recurring theme throughout his career.
Henry’s biggest game of the season game was in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he finished with eight catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
2. Phillip Rivers’ age is showing
The Los Angeles Chargers have a big decision to make this offseason with Phillip Rivers, and he made the decision difficult with his play this season. Rivers looked good at times, but it seemed most games when it was close, and the team needed a big play from Rivers he failed. Through 16 games, Rivers has thrown 18 interceptions.
Is Rivers too old to continue to lead this team? That’s what the team needs to decide this offseason. He is scheduled to be a free agent, and there hasn’t been a lot of talk about what the team plans on doing.
1. Los Angeles isn’t the right city for the Chargers
The biggest takeaway this season isn’t even on the field for the Chargers. The NFL made a big mistake moving this team out of San Diego. The schedule says the Chargers had eight home games this season, but not one of those games had more Chargers fans than the opponent they were playing.
This is going to continue for as long as they continue to keep the team in Los Angeles. If the NFL is smart, they should think about relocating the team back to San Diego, or another city that is hungry for a football team.