(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) – LA Chargers
1. The defense is what is faltering and Gus Bradley needs to be replaced anyway
If there is one coach that will get fired this season if things continue to struggle it will be Gus Bradley. Bradley, who has anchored a really good Chargers’ defense in the past, has been terrible this season.
Bradley has not shown the ability to adjust as the game goes along and his coverage is getting broken in the second half of every game. There is a reason why the Chargers are blowing leads and it is because once you figure out the Chargers’ coverage it is game over.
The first warning sign of this was the 2018 AFC Divisional Game against the New England Patriots when Tom Brady and the offense operated as if they were on rookie mode, dissecting the Chargers’ zone coverage with ease.
Bradley has succeeded when there is talent on the field. He got a huge boost from being the defensive coordinator during the Legion of Boom Seattle days and had a really talented Chargers’ defense to work with.
However, when the talent is not all there and when there are injuries that need to be addressed, he has not been able to elevate the defense in any way. A good defensive coordinator doesn’t see his defense collapse and go from one of the projected best to one of the worst because of a few injures.
Yes, losing Derwin James is huge, but this defense has too much talent to be this bad.
What about the offense?