LA Chargers: The great, good and ugly vs. Atlanta Falcons
By Jason Reed
The first-half fiasco
This was bad and was another example of why the LA Chargers need to move on from the current coaching regime. There is no excuse for how the first half ended as it was managed as poorly as it could be.
With 22 seconds left on a third and one from inside Atlanta’s 10, the LA Chargers ran the ball right up the gut. No first down, no timeouts, no play could be run. The offense could not get off of the field in time for the special teams unit to kick the field goal.
That is just woeful mismanagement there. Running the ball is essentially committing to kicking the field goal. If they would have gotten the first down they would have gotten up, spiked the ball and kicked a field goal with six or so seconds on the clock.
If you are going to commit to kicking the field goal then who cares about that first down? Just throw the ball on third and two towards the endzone and if it is incomplete then it is incomplete. Kick the field goal and don’t let the Falcons score with the remaining 10 or so seconds on the clock.
It isn’t rocket science but sometimes with this team, it feels like it can be.
Nasir Adderley on defense
Adderley had that big kickoff return that should not go unnoticed but he was really poor defensively today. Quite frankly, Adderley has been poor defensively all season.
On the first drive of the game, he collided with Casey Hayward on a ball that should have been intercepted. The Falcons ultimately punted but it still was not a good look for Adderley.
That was not even the worst thing that he did, though. Adderley had one of the worst tackling efforts I have ever seen, bending down as Laquon Treadwell bulldozed past him for a nine-yard touchdown in the first half.
Adderley was eventually benched for Jahleel Addae, who had one of the big interceptions for the LA Chargers, so it all worked out.