The LA Chargers lost a shootout in Week 4 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The LA Chargers moved to 1-3 on the season with the third-straight disappointing loss on the season. While the Bolts were touchdown underdogs to the Bucs, they also held a 24-7 lead with the ball and the ball after halftime with less than a minute to go in the game.
Then the wheels started to fall off. Things snowballed. It was not pretty.
This comes after a loss to a Carolina Panthers team that the Chargers should have beaten and another disappointing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs where the Chargers controlled the game throughout. It has been a tough first quarter of the season.
As we do every week, here are the players that disappointed the most on Sunday.
1. Casey Hayward
The entire LA Chargers defense was pretty poor in the second half. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers started picking apart Gus Bradley’s zone defense, and quite frankly, made it look easy against a defense that just stifled the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks prior.
Granted, the defense is dealing with significant injuries, but some of the starters that are usually solid were poor in this game. Example: Casey Hayward.
Casey Hayward was bad. Really bad. Mike Evans had his way with Hayward almost all day when they were matched up against each other and Hayward had a really bad coverage play in the second half that could have shifted the entire game.
On second and 20, Brady aired it out to Evans down the right sideline and Hayward looked lost. It looked very similar to the pass interference play in Denver last year, except Hayward did not commit a PI and instead just missed his coverage. That led to the Bucs’ go-ahead touchdown.
Oh, and the drive before that he and Nasir Adderley were burnt by Scotty Miller for another huge game. It was rough.