Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor

The Tyrod Taylor era begins for the Los Angeles Chargers

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By Chris Sumner March 21, 2020 0 Comment
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The Los Angeles Chargers have moved on from longtime quarterback Philip Rivers. Now, the franchise could look to Tyrod Taylor as the starter.

Have you ever fallen asleep and when you’ve woken up notice everything that surrounds you is a little bit different? Sure, there are a few similar things from the night before but for the most part, everything looks new to you. It sounds like a movie, but this is what the 2020 NFL free agency period has brought to the Los Angeles Chargers. The biggest difference that Chargers fans will notice is at starting quarterback.

Los Angeles decided to part ways with their longtime quarterback, Philip Rivers, following the 2019 season. Rivers entered free agency and ended up signing with the Indianapolis Colts. After entering every game since 2006 with Rivers under center, the franchise will move in a new direction in 2020. Enter Tyrod Taylor.

How it happened

After Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it was announced throughout the media that the Chargers would be tapping Tyrod Taylor with the starting job at quarterback. Taylor, a Virginia Tech alumni, will become the starter for the first time since the 2018 season when he was with the Cleveland Browns. Injured in Week 3 of that season, Taylor lost the starting job in Cleveland to the 2018 first-round pick, Baker Mayfield. In March of 2019, Taylor signed a two-year $11 million contract with the Chargers. It reunited him with Head Coach Anthony Lynn from his days with the Buffalo Bills.

Tyrod Taylor’s experience

Over his nine-year career, Taylor has started in 45 games. The reason this is important is that Taylor has real in-game NFL experience. In his second season as a pro, he won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens as Joe Flacco‘s back up. In 2017, Taylor helped lead a scrappy Buffalo Bills team to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. As the new signal-caller, all these experiences are vital in commanding the Chargers offense. Taylor has a plethora of weapons at his disposal. Most importantly Taylor is a weapon himself.

What should Chargers fans expect from Taylor?

A mobile quarterback seems to be the way the NFL is heading. Several teams throughout the league having that dual-threat quarterback showcasing the ability to extend plays. It looks to be the future of the NFL and the position itself. Chargers fans will see a distinct difference in offense compared to years prior. It will be a full-on attack from the air and ground.

Not only will the Chargers gain big yards from wide receivers and running backs, they now have a quarterback that can make a split-second decision and run at any time. Los Angeles will be exciting to watch for fans and frustrate opponents who line up on defense against them. Defensive coordinators will have to be raking their brains wondering exactly what this offense will do at any given moment.

Moving Forward

The Tyrod Taylor era will begin for the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season. It brings feelings of excitement combined with a little bit of apprehensiveness. As a team, they are walking into unknown waters with this new offense. The unpredictability of the Chargers offense is what will make them a dangerous team to play against. Will we all stand in wonderment of what this Chargers offense has become? With it only being March; Week 1 cannot get here soon enough for us all to find out.

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