5. Make aggressive calls to offset deficiencies
Beyond the real Xs and Os of this game, let’s get down to brass tacks. The Chargers are heading in to the season finale with a great rookie quarterback, coaching staff on the hot seat, and a skeleton squad. That’s the reality. If they’re going to win this game, they need to be aggressive to offset all of the missing pieces.
Go for it on reasonable 4th down distance. Draw up a solid passing plays that can convert. Break out some trick plays. Heck, Gus Bradley may have to send the blitz a little more often if he wants to keep his job.
Truly, there is nothing to lose for the parties involved here. With all of their injuries, I don’t think the Chargers can win this as currently constructed without finding other advantages.
That one extra 4th down conversion or that one trick play could truly be the difference between the injured Chargers beating a resting Chiefs squad.
There is no playing not to lose here. It’s the last game of the season as the coaching staff potentially stares down the unemployment line. I get what Lynn and the staff normally try to do in their approach, but conservative play isn’t an option with the Chargers limping heavily into this one if they want any chance to beat Andy Reid.