Linebackers and the secondary
The linebackers were… fine in this game. Kenneth Murray played well at the second level with some good tackling and instinctive plays. He didn’t get killed in pass coverage and even had a pass deflection to his credit. We didn’t really see Murray come on the pass rush or get in the backfield in this game, but it is what it is. Lack of linebacker depth plays a part in that as well, I’m sure.
As mentioned earlier, White blitzed a few times for the Chargers, getting his first sack of the season. Other than Denzel Perryman‘s helmet to helmet hit, I didn’t notice him as a factor in the game at all. Murray carried the linebackers and played admirably.
The secondary is getting a failing grade from me for many reasons. Casey Hayward has declined this season. While he wasn’t necessarily awful in coverage, his tackling and run defense left a lot to be desired. It wasn’t as bad as his Tampa Bay performance, but this is the first time I felt a need to question his effort. That attempted tackle before Robinson hit the pylon was embarrassing.
The less we talk about Michael Davis, the better. Davis has looked improved at points this season, but his ball tracking left a lot to be desired. It’s hard to say ball tracking even since he doesn’t look back at the ball most of the time. Minshew cooked him up for a 28 yard touchdown. Chris Harris is sorely missed at CB2.
Desmond King? His impact on this game was having a sack when Minshew fell over. He was decent in pass coverage, but his play has lacked for a year and a half now.
The Jackboyz are done. They are officially the Wackboyz.