Los Angeles Chargers first quarter stock report
By Travis Wakeman
Move to Los Angeles has been a disaster
But you already knew that. However, we can’t really do a first-quarter stock report without talking about it.
Los Angeles isn’t going to work for the Chargers. It never was. We’ve talked about that at length here on Bolt Beat and we don’t get a lot of disagreement from our readers. It’s a simple fact.
Still, the NFL has said that there are no plans to move the team back to San Diego, as discussed here by Lorenzo Reyes of USA TODAY.
With that being said, it’s only going to become an even bigger disaster for the team and its fans, those who still care about the team, at least.
The fans that supported the team in San Diego are likely loving every second of this. They have every right to do that. The most embarrassing aspect of the whole thing, at least for me, is seeing the StubHub Center full of fans of the opposite team. Fans from places such as Kansas City and Philadelphia are taking a vacation to Los Angeles to go cheer on their team and drown the place out with chants of “Chiefs” and “Eagles” while fans in Los Angeles don’t even care to come out to a game.
That’s nothing short of sad.
Melvin Ingram, Keenan Allen have looked good
Finally, we’ll take a look at players who have played well and those who have under-performed.
Melvin Ingram: Melvin Ingram is currently tied for second in the league with 5.5 sacks. He’s been a force on defense and to this point, is likely the team’s MVP.
Jatavis Brown: With 41 tackles, Brown trails Zach Brown of the Washington Redskins by just one tackle for the league lead. However, Brown is dealing with a foot injury so it will be interesting to see how he plays going forward.
Chris McCain: This dates back to the preseason, but Chris McCain has come out of nowhere and seems to get better every week. He is second on the team with three sacks.
Keenan Allen: It’s been nice to see Allen bounce back after tearing his ACL in the season opener last year. It seems like he’s almost always open and he leads the team with 24 receptions for 334 yards.
Melvin Gordon: Though it certainly isn’t all his fault, his 168 yards through four games translates to an average of 42 yards a game. Add that to his 3.1 yards per carry, and he’s had a rough start.
Hunter Henry: Many could place the fact that Henry hasn’t been targeted enough squarely on Whisenhunt, but Antonio Gates actually has just nine catches on the year, the same number as Henry. Still, much more was expected out of the second-year tight end.
Jason Verrett: The team’s No. 1 cormerback had just one tackle on the season before suffering a season-ending injury for the second year in a row. It’s time to re-evaluate whether he actually is a No. 1 cornerback.
Younghoe Koo: Though he’s gotten things under control since his horrible misses against Miami, the rookie kicker is still responsible for one of the team’s losses and even if he makes 19 of his next 20 kicks, that one miss better not result directly in another loss, because the other 19 won’t matter to anyone at that point.