Special teams and final grades
Special teams sure got off to a fun start here, huh? Joshua Kelley failed to pick up the outside rusher on the first punt of the game and Ty Long got blocked again. Deja Vu.
From that point on at least, I thought special teams played better. They weren’t giving up big punt returns and didn’t have missed field goals. Cole Mazza got a holding penalty, but other than that, there wasn’t much that stood out.
Long running for his life to take the safety at the end was pretty fun to watch. Admittedly, it was one of the smartest special teams by Anthony Lynn and George Stewart this season. Kinda sad, kinda funny.
Special teams: C
Some will say that this felt more like a loss than a win, and in some aspects, I agree. But, it was very important for the Chargers to get the monkey off their back here in regards to the recent one-score games.
Herbert and Allen led the way on offense while the running game output dragged down the grade. The defensive line looked better with Bosa back, but the secondary and linebacker groups still have massive, massive issues.
Special teams is gonna special team, man. I don’t know what to say at this point. The calls to fire George Stewart are sound, but I’m not confident they get better on special teams without him. Some of these mistakes are really middle school football level at this point.