The Los Angeles Chargers closed out the 2020 season with a 7-9 record that resulted in a third place finish. A second straight sub-.500 season cost Anthony Lynn his job, with the team announcing his firing the day after the regular season.
The most significant development for the season was quarterback Justin Herbert putting together a record-setting rookie season. He took over the starting job in Week 2 and never showed any sign of relinquishing it back to Tyrod Taylor. It remains to be seen how his career will progress, but the Chargers could not have expected a better debut.
The Chargers will pick No. 13 in the 2021 NFL Draft and are projected to have top salary cap space. They’ll need it to revamp a defense that has some solid building-blocks, but needs a considerable infusion of depth. It will be interesting to see who takes over as head coach, and whether the team looks for someone to continue developing Herbert or someone who can better rebuild the defense.
The Los Angeles Chargers will face their AFC West divisional opponents six times, half at home and half on the road. In addition, they draw matchups against all for teams from the AFC North and NFC East. The NFL is expected to add a 17th game to the regular season schedule that will feature an inter-conference matchup with a similarly placed team. The Chargers would face the NFC North.