Chargers: Bottom Five Performers:
5. Casey Hayward Jr., defensive back: C-
There really is no nice way to put this: Hayward got bullied. The two-time Pro Bowler was targeted six times and allowed five catches for 71 yards, including a rough 33 yards after catch. Tackling has been an issue for Hayward this year, perhaps as he tries to do a little too much to create impact plays for the Chargers.
4. Thomas Davis Sr., linebacker: C-
Whether it was in coverage or his inability to get to the quarterback, Thomas Davis continues to play to his age, which for the most part spells ineffective. Davis missed two tackles and permitted 71 yards in coverage. The Chargers seem to be desperately pulling Davis’ snap count down, but with him on the field for 51 of 63 total defensive snaps, his age is showing.
3. Drue Tranquill, linebacker: D+
It’s tough to put Tranquill here after having him in my top three best performances just last week. Tranquill scuffled in pass coverage, especially in yards after catch where he allowed 61 yards. He was also chewed out on the sidelines for his part in the allowance of a fourth down fake punt conversion.
2. Dan Feeney, left guard: F
First, the good. Feeney did well to spring two five-plus yard gains from Gordon, which is hard to come by in a game like this. Now, the bad. Per Pro Football Focus, Feeney allowed allowed the Titans to hurry Rivers five times. In his defense, Feeney is being asked to play multiple positions and adjust to those changes. He spent most of his time against Denver and Pittsburgh at center before manning mostly left guard versus Tennessee. Still, a tough performance from Feeney.
1. Melvin Gordon, running back: F
Not much to say here. Demands top running back money, sits out the first four games of the season, returns and under performs and then demands more carries. 16 carries for 32 yards later and Gordon must be thinking that 10 million a year offer from the Chargers at the beginning of the year sounds pretty nice. Gordon cost the Chargers any chance at a victory here with his fumble at the one, but his lack of contribution earlier doomed the team as much as the final blow.