It wasn’t pretty, but the Los Angeles Chargers did what they needed to do to stay alive in the postseason race.
The Bolts came into MetLife Stadium with their season hanging in the balance, and they left MetLife with their season hanging in the balance. With the Chargers’ win against the New York Jets, as well as the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams’ wins, they stay alive. It all comes down to Week 17. But before we get to Week 17, let’s talk Week 16.
1. When is the official Chargers’ organization apology to Travis Coons coming?
Alright, I might be being a little facetious with the title of my first takeaway. But the Chargers’ kicking situation has gotten way out of hand. And the Chargers have let it happen. Travis Coons was 7-for-8 with a missed a PAT in a 17-point loss to Kansas City. And the Chargers decided they needed to pick up Nick Rose to replace him. The “future” at the position.
I saw Rose miss a 47-yard field goal by what seemed to be the length of the Grand Canyon. Totally routine play. He just whiffed it. Hard. And I would like to say that I don’t want to judge too harshly based on one play or a dumb miss. Unfortunately, that line of thinking is clearly not used by the Chargers, seeing as though they cut Coons after missing a meaningless PAT. Way to go, Chargers. You sure did get the “future” in Nick Rose.
2. Antonio Gates can fill Hunter Henry’s role just fine, even without being as athletic
With Hunter Henry done for the season on injured reserve with a lacerated kidney, Antonio Gates was brought back into the forefront of the Chargers’ offense again as the starting tight end. Questions emerged about the 37-year old’s ability to replace 23-year old Henry’s athleticism.
And those questions were answered on Sunday with a terrific 81 yards and a classic Rivers-to-Gates TD to go along with. While it’s never good for a starter to be injured, I can’t think of any position in the NFL currently that had a greater backup than the greatest tight end of all time. Gates may not be the old Gates, but he’s plenty good enough to get the job done.