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Report Card: Grading the Chargers Week 1 performance

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a tackle of Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Adrian Phillips #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a tackle of Marlon Mack #25 of the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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4 of 5

Linebackers: C+

This unit really frustrated me. The absence of Denzel Perryman (active but not inserted into the lineup) was a pain point. While on the stat sheet players like Thomas Davis and Kyzir White seemed to have quality performances, you could count on two hands the number of plays in this contest that the two just seemed slow to the ball.

Perhaps most egregiously came when a hitch route to T.Y. Hilton was misplayed by Davis and led to Hilton racing into the end zone relatively untouched, leading to the game-tying two-point conversion a play later.

This unit still cannot stop the run effectively which was a problem in this game and will continue to grow as a problem in weeks to come as better and better running backs face this defense.

Defensive backs: B

Sure there were some plays that made you scratch your head, but overall this unit kept Brisset under 200 yards on the day, no easy feat in today’s passing league.

Adrian Phillips proved what we already knew, he is no Derwin James. While that will certainly hurt this defense, Phillips did enough to restore my confidence that while not a top-five group, this defense can tread water while James recovers. Nasir Adderly played adequately in limited snaps, it will be interesting to observe how his role evolves over the next coming weeks.

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