The Los Angeles Chargers have gotten off to a rather disappointing start at 0-3. Just as they are on the brink of a roadkill season, they will face the Philadelphia Eagles who will quite possibly deliver the final knockout blow.
At 0-3, the chances would be incredibly slim, but the Chargers could somehow turn the season around. Coming back from such a horrible start would require them to put in a lot of work, but it would keep the door open for them to potentially be a wild card pick. If the Chargers cannot pull out a win against the Eagles and they end up going 0-4, they can basically kiss any chance at the playoffs goodbye.
Coming off of two disastrous seasons, the playoffs were never really a believable goal for the Chargers. At this point, it should be obvious to any remaining fans that seeing the Chargers make it to the postseason is far beyond their reach. The best fans should hope for is to see some level of improvement game by game so that they do not end up finishing last in the league.
Some fans may still be desperately trying to hold onto hope that the Chargers will be a wild card pick, but if that were to happen, it could end up doing more harm than good. The reason being that the Chargers franchise is in the middle of a major transitioning period. One that by all accounts has not gone well thus far, and becoming a wild card team and not winning the Super Bowl would be even more of a letdown.
By definition, being a NFL wild card pick means a team is given a chance to continue competing when in all actuality, their regular season performance did not qualify them. Essentially, they were not able to win their division, but their record was good enough to be given a golden ticket that sends them straight to the playoffs. Say the Chargers turn things around and go on to be a wild card team, but they end up losing in the first round; it would just add to how much people already see them as a joke.
They are viewed as an underdog and unwanted team who has struggled to sell tickets in a venue that is drastically smaller than most NFL stadiums. Not to mention that those who do actually attend their games have been left disappointed because they keep losing. The Chargers knew returning to Los Angeles would mean proving themselves and whatever the reason, they have yet to do so.
The Chargers uprooted themselves from San Diego and moved to Los Angeles with dollar signs in their eyes. Unfortunately, football fans are not buying into them and Los Angeles does not seem eager to replant and allow them to grow roots in the city of angels. In a sense, the Chargers are like an organ transplant that the body is rejecting. The only cure for them to be able to have a chance of not only surviving, but flourishing in Los Angeles is to win games.
For the Chargers to start winning games at this stage of the season would be driven by the hopes of landing a wild card spot. Some people may see that as the most achievable goal, but I believe the Chargers are in a position where their main priority should be gaining back some respect as a team. Sure, if they were to miraculously win the Super Bowl as a wild card team, fans would be ecstatic regardless of how they got there. However, they would be more respectable if they demonstrate that they are deserving by dominating the AFC West and legitimately earning a spot in the playoffs.
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