The Los Angeles Chargers missed the opportunity to advance to the postseason in the last game of the 2021 Season against the Las Vegas Raiders; the “Bolts” lost 29-14 with 08:23 to play in the last quarter and came from behind to tie the match and send it to overtime where the “Malosos” kept the win 35-32 to take the vacant ticket the playoffs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuVeJW2jw2s.
It seems that the team led by coach Brandon Staley wasted games in the season like the one against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night of week fifteen where they fell in overtime 34-28 since during the game they had options to go for field goals, but the coach decided to seek to convert fourth chances up to three times in enemy territory, plays that represented up to 9 points that they practically had in the bag https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= jxePHOeD6mU.
The “Chargers” closed the year with a 9-8 mark, in third place in the Western Division in the American Conference and one step away from the playoffs; the young 39-year-old coach, Brandon Staley, had a year of apprenticeship in his first season with the responsibility of being Head Coach, after serving as Defensive Coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams in 2020; It should be noted that in 2017 he had his first NFL job as a linebackers coach with the Chicago Bears.
Along with Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi, they were aggressive in the regular season and took risks on several plays taking advantage of the characteristics of quarterback Justin Hebert, who after two years in the league has shown that he has the material to consolidate himself as one of the best passers in the game. circuit and to a large extent that would add to the long-awaited success of the franchise that barely has two trips to the postseason in the last decade and a combined mark of 76 wins and 85 losses.
Justin Patrick Hebert was the sixth player chosen in the first round of the 2020 Draft after playing four seasons in the NCAA with the University of Oregon Ducks; in his last collegiate season he went 12-2 to win the collegiate title in the Rose Bowl by beating the University of Wisconsin 28-27 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynvzyfzjODs, that year he generated 3,471 yards with 32 touchdown passes, 5 interceptions and a 66.8 completion percentage.
After two seasons as a professional, Justin Hebert recorded statistics that have him in the spotlight as a quarterback who can lead his team in search of a ticket to the playoffs and above all repeat an appearance in a Super Bowl that has not occurred since the 1994 campaign when the Chargers fell in the XXIX edition 49-26 against the San Francisco 49ers of Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Ricky Waters, Deion Sanders and company https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi1XDyrQJ8w .
Those San Diego Chargers led by Bobby Ross had in their ranks the tremendous defensive player Junior Seau (RIP) and on offense they enjoyed the presence of Stan Humphries (3,209 yards) as a passer, running back Natrone Means (1,305 yards) and wide receiver Tony Martin (885 yards) as great references for an offense that fell short in the “Big Game.”
In the 2007 season they were very close to fighting for Vince Lombardi by losing the American Conference final 21-12 against the New England Patriots; those Chargers were led by coach Norv Turner, who was able to take advantage of the foundations of Marty Schottenheimer’s work and the talent of players like quarterback Philip Rivers (3,152 yards), running back LaDainian Tomlinson (1,474 yards) and wing closed Antonio Gates (984 yards), but they couldn’t make the move to the Super Bowl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQcLMq_fsGk.
After adding the recognition of offensive player of the year in 2020 and being nominated for the Pro Bowl in 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG9xMcihILI, Justin Herbert is on a mission to lead his team to the postseason in 2022 and for this it has a good combo of receivers headed by Keenan Allen, who added 1 thousand 138 yards and six touchdowns the previous season, Mike Williams contributed 1,146 yards and nine touchdowns, also this year they add the talent of DeAndre Carter , who far from injuries could support in the depth of the position.
Jared Cook drops the tight end position they hope to fill with the arrival of Gerald Everett from the Seattle Seahawks; while the running game is covered by Austin Ekeler, who had 911 yards with twelve touchdowns the year before.
The defense left accounts pending last season by occupying 23rd place in the league ranking by allowing 6 thousand 122 yards, 3 thousand 761 through the air and 2 thousand 361 on the ground; for this year the team has added the talent of linebacker Khalil Mack from the Chicago Bears and cornerback JC Jackson, who arrives from the New England Patriots after adding eight interceptions the previous season, although ankle surgery will sideline him from start of the season. The unit already has the talent of Joey Bossa (LB) and Derwin James (S), the highest-paid safety in the league.
The Chargers add two setbacks in preseason, they come from falling 32-18 against the Dallas Cowboys and this Friday they will visit the New Orleans Saints to refine details towards the start of the season on Sunday, September 11, receiving the Las Vegas Raiders looking to collect a small revenge after the last game of the previous campaign, as well as take the route that can take them back to the postseason, a destination that seems obligatory for this 2022.
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