The Los Angeles Chargers are navigating a franchise move that has often resulted in poor performances before settling into their new city. The Rams moved last season and compiled a 4-12 record during their first season back in Los Angeles.
Both the Raiders and Titans were 8-8 their first years back in Oakland and Tennssee, respectively. Finally, the Baltimore Ravens recorded a 4-12 season after moving from Cleveland and the Browns were 2-14 when they reemerged.
Historically, relocating indicates the beginning of an uphill climb for a franchise.
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The Los Angeles Chargers however may have just the roster and coach in place to buck the trend for the 2017 season. Last season San Diego lost multiple games in the fourth quarter alone. Had the Chargers benefited from even half of these, their record and standing among the AFC West would have improved.
Pro Football Focus recently named the best young players, under age 25, in the league. One of only two teams with players on both offense and defense, Los Angeles is set to begin their new campaign with a talented roster.
Both tight end Hunter Henry and defensive end Joey Bosa were recognized for their talent and production despite being young prospects. Each has gotten off to a good start with the franchise and hopefully their production continues in Los Angeles.
New coach Anthony Lynn is ready to put his stamp on the football team with veteran quarterback Philip Rivers leading the way.
Unfortunately, AFC West rival Kansas City was the other team to include both an offensive and defensive member of the team. Regardless, the Chargers have positioned themselves to compete sooner rather than later in their new town.