If the Los Angeles Chargers draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, postseason play or any postseason success for that matter isn’t likely with a rookie at quarterback. First, they aren’t drafting Joe Burrow and likely won’t get either Tagovailoa or Herbert. The reason is the odds are significant that Carolina moves up ahead of the Chargers to select the two QB’s left after Burrow is drafted.
That leaves a wildcard in Jordan Love from Utah State. If fans or anyone else is to bet that Love is plug and play coming from a school in the Mountain West and launches the Chargers back to the postseason, I’d think twice on that wager.
Dalton also buys time for Los Angeles. The Chargers are in this weird place where the need to draft a quarterback is high, but unless they are in that rarified air where the organization is drafting top-3, a veteran is just a better option.
It’s a win-win situation if you think about it. Dalton can play 2020 and maybe even 2021 in warm weather, in a facility that is light years better than what they offer in Cincinnati, and be in the playoff hunt as early as this coming winter.
Los Angeles is an intriguing landing spot for a veteran like Andy Dalton. For the Chargers, he allows an organization to sell legitimate postseason potential in a city where they desperately need it.