The tackling… or lack thereof
The tackling, outside of the defensive line in the pocket against Gardner Minshew, was absolutely terrible in this game. James Robinson had a big day because of the lack of tackling and it has become a trending problem for the Bolts.
This season has seen Casey Hayward really fall from grace and he had two huge missed tackles on the same drive, the second of which resulting in a Robinson receiving touchdown.
The team did play more dime and nickel this game than previous games, which certainly will impact the tackling, but if this defense is going to turn it around then they have to start with the fundamentals.
EVERY aspect of special teams… Besides Trevaughn Campbell
The #Chargers entered today's game with the worst special teams DVOA in the league by a considerable margin. They will only widen that gap after this performance.
— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) October 25, 2020
Charger fans are used to special teams being really poor as the Bolts have been the worst special teams team in the league over the last two seasons. Even though Trevaughn Campbell came up with one of the biggest plays in the game, we still have to recognize how poor it has been.
Every area has struggled. Michael Badgley has been really bad in recent weeks ever since we pondered whether or not the team had an undercover kicking problem. Maybe that is our bad.
The Chargers had a punt get blocked, did not make anything happen on their returns and allowed some decent-sized punt returns.
While special teams are often the most overlooked aspect of a football team by the fans, it has become far too clear to us and every Charger fan that it might be time for a change at special teams coordinator.