Be more disciplined
It hasn’t been as bad as previous years, but the LA Chargers are still being hindered by a few small penalties that can add up and start costing games. They’ve had 12 penalties so far on the season, for an average of 6.25 yards per penalty. That is not a large number, which means the team has been disciplined on the holding and pass interference fronts.
However, games with no fans have been tough on the defensive line. With a quiet stadium, it was easy for Mahomes to draw the Chargers’ pass rushers offsides. More experienced players like Brees and Brady will notice that on tape, and if the Chargers fail to adjust to spectator-less atmospheres, they will certainly take advantage.
Other than that, the team has been surprisingly disciplined. The offensive line hasn’t been caught holding much so far, even going against a couple of tough defensive lines and the likes of Carlos Dunlap, Chris Jones and Frank Clark, all while missing key players like new acquisitions Trai Turner and Brian Bulaga.
I was also honestly expecting at least one pass interference call go against Michael Davis, but he showed he’s a better player than last year. He will need to keep it up next week when he’ll probably be lining up against the speedy Robby Anderson who has started the season on fire.
Davis has the speed to match Anderson, but he also has a tendency to not look back for the ball when in coverage and has drawn too many flags in his career.
While his amazing pass defense against Tyreek Hill early in the game shows he’s gotten better, he needs to keep it up against an underrated pass offense that will look to funnel their attack through the air without McCaffrey, and could look for chunk plays if they fall behind early.
These are some of the things the LA Chargers can improve to become a better football team. It looks like the Chargers have the talent to contend, so they should be looking to get better week in and week out.