The LA Chargers have different 3rd and 4th down conversion averages on both sides of the ball
For this stat, I thought we could take a look at how one of the same statistics can be so different on different sides of the ball. This stat being 3rd and 4th down conversions.
Watching games, I sometimes don’t pay attention to how many times the Chargers’ offense converts on 3rd down or even when the LA Chargers’ defense gives up a 4th down. This is why this stat in my opinion was interesting to see.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Chargers give up 42.7% of 3rd down plays, which ranks 19th worst in the league. 4th down conversions are even worse as the defense gives up 66.7% of 4th downs which ranks 26th in the NFL.
The Chargers’ offense is very different as they convert on 3rd down 45.4% of the time which ranks 6th in the league. The offense doesn’t do too well on 4th downs as they convert on 47.8% of the time which ranks 26th worst in the NFL.
The Chargers offense simply can fix their 4th down problem by just getting some offensive lineman. It would make Herbert’s life a lot easier if he could rely on running the ball more and be able to convert on 3rd and 4th downs from short distances. The team has a great roster of running backs and they could really put in work if they had an offensive line in front of them.
Defense wise, they just need to do a couple of things. Add a couple of pieces that are on the defensive line that could help out. Change up the secondary by signing Michael Davis and possibly cut Casey or Chris to make them young and better. Lastly, fire that man Gus Bradley.