Nov 1, 2012; San Diego CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Matthews (24) is defended by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Javier Arenas (21) on a 31- yard run at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Chiefs 31-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Thank goodness it’s pre-season! Much like many of you I sat with that disgusted look on my face as the special teams returned to their historic ways of disappointment. It wasn’t even Devin Hester returning most of the punts or kickoffs, yet the special teams unit gave the Chicago Bears an average field position at the 49 yard line. The Bears offense only had to travel half the field to score points. The Chargers were left to start at their 19 yard line, it would have been better off to kneel down in the endzone to gain that extra yard. I’ll share with you a few other good and bad stats, but in the meantime, here are some honorable mentions from the game.
Jarrett Johnson – He played as if he were campaigning for an already secured starting job, the guy had 4 solo tackles, a sack, one tackle for a loss, forced a fumble and harassed Jay Cutler most of the first quarter. Johnson once again proved what a force he is in the run defense, coming around the edges and avoiding blocks. Johnson isn’t known for sacking the quarterback, but it’s always good to see an old dog learning new tricks.
Ladarius Green – Caught every pass thrown his way, nabbing 5 out of 5 for 78 yards and a touchdown. Green averaged a nice 15.6 yards per catch and has been getting better at blocking, hopefully we’ll see plenty more of that in the regular season.
Jairus Wynn – At first I wasn’t going to, but what the heck. In two pre-season games, Wynn has been pancaked twice, this is not the kind of play we want to see from our only possible back-up defensive end. Yet, against Chicago Wynn was able to pull out five tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss and credited for flushing the quarterback out of the pocket. Corey Liuget had identical stats, but it’s Corey Liuget this is nothing new and he wasn’t pancaked!