2014 Offense: 21.8 PTS/G (17th)
2014 Defense: 21.8 PTS/G (13th)
Key Additions: Orlando Franklin (G), Stevie Johnson (WR), Joe Barksdale (OT), Patrick Robinson (CB), Jimmy Wilson (S)
Key Losses: Ryan Mathews (RB), Marcus Gilchrist (CB), Eddie Royal (WR), Shareece Wright (CB)
Top Three Draft Picks: Melvin Gordon (RB), Denzel Perryman (LB), Craig Mager (CB)
With Philip Rivers at quarterback, the Chargers offense should always be at least competent. That’s all they were last year though, which was a major disappointment. They dropped from 6th to 17th in points scored. With two new starters on the offensive line, a new first round running back, and the return of the versatile and underrated Danny Woodhead, they should score more point this year.
On the defensive side the Chargers were decent last year. They replaced the bench players in the their secondary, but other than that there was not much turnover. Second round pick Denzel Perryman may help with their issues against the run. If healthy, the Chargers defense should be decent again.
The Chargers may have gotten better but they didn’t completely close the gap on the Broncos. They should compete for a wild card spot but they’ll have to work to earn a spot in the playoffs.