“Chargers-What I Saw-What I Think”
That wasn’t very good was it? This Chargers preseason opening night loss to the lowly Tennessee Titans on the road.
The Bolts got bombed (27-10) in a game that wasn’t close at all after the first San Diego possession.
Strong first series by Melvin Gordon, with four decent rushes, and then the 44-yard TD-catch and run in space. Looks healthy, is healthy, and looks confident.
Philip Rivers sprayed the ball around.
A bit surprising that the Chargers intimating veteran wide receiver James Jones is a bit behind learning the ‘passing route tree’ that Mike McCoy-Ken Whisenhunt-Philip Rivers operate.
2nd round draft pick tight end Hunter Henry caught 3-passes for 43-yards, and dropped another when he was open. Can run routes, can get open, can catch.
Ken Farrow, rookie free agent running back from University of Houston, had 85-all purpose yards, and was productive, even if it was rookies-vs-rookies.
Offensive guard Ken Wiggins played alot and seems to be moving to the forefront of ‘1st guy off the bench’ if an OLineman goes down.
Darius Philon was pretty active in the front, with pressure and some tackles.
Safety Dwight Lowery lowered the boom on a couple of ball carriers and receivers.
Run defense was deplorable in every way. Yes the Titans added tough guy runner DeMarco Murray and drafted Heisman Trophy winner Derek Henry, but to give up (288Y) rushing to anybody, is not good. The defense gave up runs of 8-8-9-9-9-11-14-15-16 and the TD runs of 47-71. Maybe too much youth in the defensive front seven.
Bad night for kids in the offensive line. C-Max Tuerk, coming knee surgery at USC, a couple of penalties. Ty Burwell, in his second year, took three flags, and not as far along as you would hope, and this was against the Titans backups.
Thought I’d see some plays made by 3rd round pick Joshua Perry, but he got taken out of plays that turned into big runs while the rookie Ohio State linebacker was on the field.
It surely does not look like the quarterback I saw at LSU, or even as a starter in Tennessee. Zach Mettenberger went (2-for-8), was off the mark, and late with a pass that got picked off. .That showing doesn’t help get him on the roster.
Awful lot of nicked up players sat this game out, Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, Jevontee Herndon, a trio of wide receivers. LB-Tourek Williams got hurt again, though it does not seem major.]
I just cannot get the thought out of my mind, the Charges got mugged by a team that was horrible last season, fired its coach, and dumped a chunk of its roster.
Joey Bosa, sitting at home in Florida, in this elongated holdout. For someone who is supposed to be ‘all football-all the time’, I wonder how he feels about not being part of his team?
Mike McCoy spent the end of the week talking about good practices, and good contact workouts, then his team went out and got mugged. Also said the first preseason games would be about individual gradin of players on video-making or blowing assignments. Sunday at the movies must not have been too much fun.Lots of work to do, especially on defense. Luckily three weeks left before prep week for the Kansas City Chiefs opener.