Chargers are due for a rebound in 2017, but it may not be enough

Philip Rivers’ career has entered the downslope of his bell curve, but he remains one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the league. After all, few other quarterbacks could have turned Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman into a 1-2 punch that can gain nearly 1,900 receiving yards.

The Chargers have invested heavily in the twilight of their 35-year-old star passer’s career, surrounding him with the kind of talent designed to gash the hard-hitting defenses waiting in the AFC West. Their 2015 first-round pick Melvin Gordon finally showed the skill that made him an All-American at Wisconsin, and 2016 brought tight end Hunter Henry to serve as Antonio Gates’ hei