Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt in the first half against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver defeated San Diego 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Ken Whisenhunt is getting a lot of heat today for the offenses inability to move the football for the first 3 quarters. Would he be getting heat if he decided not to go on interviews for those jobs? Where is the heat directed toward the defensive coordinator John Pagano? Or even head coach Mike McCoy?
Pagano’s defense held the Broncos to 24 points… sure, but they held onto the ball forever and the defense could not get off of the field on 3rd down. The 24 points was more about the Broncos dominating on offense and milking the clock. One stop on 3rd AND 17 would have gotten the ball back in the hands on Philip Rivers and probably would have gotten the game tied. 3rd AND 17! How about the lack of discipline on the defensive side of the ball? How many ridiculous neutral zone infractions did we get? How many broken tackles were there? How about the lack of tackling also? Peyton Manning had all day to throw that football. How many punts did the Broncos have? They didn’t even need their punter!
The blame is not just on Ken Whisenhunt, look at some of the players on offense as well. The offensive line couldn’t block for Philip Rivers. There was no depth at running back to fill in for Ryan Mathews. Antonio Gates dropped a first down catch that would have moved the chains. There was a throw to Keenan Allen that was behind him that would have been a first down. Ladarius Green let a ball go right through his hands for a first down. The offense didn’t execute and couldn’t get into any rhythm. Then they had to sit and watch Peyton take control on offense all over again. Gaining a big first down could have swung that momentum, but any time we needed a play, something went wrong in those first 3 quarters.
It is a team game and everyone contributed to the loss. The lack of execution on both sides of the ball should be the reason why we lost. Even special teams had their hiccups. Nick Novak slipped on his long field goal attempt. Mike Scifres and Nick Novak both had to make tackles to stop a long return. We could have gave up a touchdown, if not for a penalty.
The team, EVERYONE, had there part in this loss. Whisenhunt and everyone else.