1. Staring down his number one option
The biggest flaw that I saw from Tyrod Taylor in Week 1 (which was something we kind of expected heading into 2020) was his tendency to stare down his number one option on a designed play and not look away from that option.
Taylor did not use his eyes nor head to shake off the safeties nor did he look at the other progressions on the field that were not designed to be the number one option. Most of his pass attempts were him staring down that designed number one option and either completing the pass or throwing the ball away/over the receiver to prevent a turnover.
That is great and I do not mind that if the Chargers are playing with a lead. As we know, they are not always going to be playing with a lead and Taylor having tunnel vision in this capacity is going to not only make games harder to win, but get his receivers hurt.
We already saw a warning sign in Week 1. Jessie Bates was all over the field in Week 1. Granted, I really like Bates and think he will be regarded as one of the best young safeties after this season, but a huge reason why he was so successful was that he picked up on Taylor’s tunnel vision.
While Mike Williams completed the catch for one of the biggest plays of the game, Bates blew him up on the deep pass after reading Taylor’s eyes and making his way over to Williams to disrupt the play.
If we can pick up on this from our couches then defenses will pick up on this.