Ranking Sean Payton’s best coaching destinations
3. Los Angeles Chargers
For Sean Payton, the whole rebuilding thing isn’t something that he should be forced to endure. Although a ready-to-win now situation would probably be the most suitable option, imagine the sort of credit he would get for heading to a moribund franchise that has an incredibly short list of historical success.
We aren’t telling Payton to simply hitch his wagon to any horrific franchise, but we have one in mind.
The Los Angeles Chargers have simply never been able to put it all together. Over the course of 62 years, they’ve gone just 12-18 in the postseason, 468-470-11 in the regular season, and have zero Lombardi Trophies.
Although they failed to make the playoffs this season, they have several great weapons. Justin Herbert is creeping into the Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen discussion after throwing for over 5,000 yards and 38 touchdowns. Austin Ekeler rushed for 911 yards and 12 scores. They also had two of the league’s top receivers in Mike Williams and Keenan Allen go for over 1,100 yards.
The offense is great, but let’s not forget about the other side of the ball. Joey Bosa is the heart of their defense and locked down another Pro Bowl nod after racking up 10.5 sacks. As a whole, the Chargers’ defense was the second-best unit in the league, allowing just 271 total yards per game.
Payton can go just about anywhere but his stature would go through the roof if he won with the Chargers.