Heller Answers His 3 Burning Questions: Los Angeles Chargers  

Heller Answers His 3 Burning Questions: Los Angeles Chargers  

by March 4, 2021 0 comments

Prior to the 2020 NFL season, three questions were posed for each of the 32 teams. This is the recap and answers to those questions for the Los Angeles Chargers.

For a look back at the previous article click here.

Who’s that under center?

Tyrod Taylor the Week 1 starter, after a mishap during a pain relief injection, was sidelined. The number six pick Justin Herbert was forced into action much sooner than he and the team had expected.

Making the most of his early opportunity, Herbert started 15 games. He totaled over 4,300 passing yards and threw for 31 touchdowns, with just 10 interceptions. He added another five touchdowns on the ground in addition to 234 yards.

Although he went just 6-9 as a starter he walked away with the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

More Pro Bowl players on defense?

Another season for the Chargers where the defense had issues starting healthy. Which in turn forced their rookie quarterback to go score for score with the opposing team’s quarterback in almost every game. The performance defensively, despite the injuries, was a big factor in head coach Anthony Lynn losing his job.

Ekeler as the lead back?

Austin Ekeler missed six games with a hamstring strain, suffered in Week 4. But in the 10 games, he played he accounted for just under 1,000 total yards from scrimmage, with just three total touchdowns. Which for a back for a team that was forced to air it out more than they had wanted to is rather impressive. Backup running backs Justin Jackson and rookie Joshua Kelley combined for over 600 yards rushing. Heading into next season the team has to feel good about what they have offensively between the backs and the signal-caller.

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