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LA Chargers midseason report: Biggest letdowns of the 2020 season

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on before they play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at SoFi Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on before they play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at SoFi Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /
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Coaching

Arguably the biggest letdown and disappointment of the season has been with the coaching staff. The coaching has been a complete disaster for the Chargers. Blowing a lead of at least 16 points in four consecutive games is unacceptable.

I can understand it happening once. A few mistakes can completely change a game, but for it to happen in four straight games is absurd. Losses like this do not happen to well-coached teams. Players may be the reason for a loss like that one game, but if it happens more than that, it’s on the coaches.

Shane Steichen has been getting better each week with playcalling. The Chargers currently average the second-most yards per game in the league on offense with 420 yards per game. However, he has made some questionable decisions in crucial parts of games.

This past week, we saw Herbert and the Chargers drive all the way down the field to potentially win the game against the Raiders. The Chargers had the ball at the four-yard line with six seconds left. Steichen calls a fade to Mike Williams. He dropped it and came down with an injury in the process.

The decision for that play call was fine. Williams is arguably the best jump-ball receiver in the league and this play call would likely leave enough time to run another if it failed. With one second left, Steichen called a fade again, this time to Donald Parham.

Sure, Parham is a freak of a nature standing at 6’8, but do you really want to trust the guy who started the year as the fourth-string tight end and has two career catches with the game on the line? Absolutely not, especially not another fade.

The ball needs to get into the hands of your best offensive players in these situations. Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry should have been the ones who were targeted in that situation. I would’ve even felt more comfortable with Herbert taking off and trying to get into the endzone himself.

Fades rarely work and there is no margin for error. Calling two of them on back to back plays is a terrible way to lose, especially to a division rival.

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