The LA Chargers had a chance to overcome all of the issues that have plagued the team this season and head into the bye week with a 5-2 record. Instead, the team went the other way, proving that their record might be a bit inflated for how good a team they actually are.
The Bolts dropped an absolute stinker to the Seattle Seahawks in which they were outplayed and outcoached in just about every regard. This is not the first time that this has happened this season, which has put a spotlight on Brandon Staley and the coaching staff.
There has never been a team that needed a bye week more than the Chargers with the injuries the team is facing and the way in which they have played in recent weeks. In order for this bye week to be successful, the Chargers need to improve their deficiencies — three of which should be targeted first.
3 massive needs the Chargers must fill during the bye week:
1. An impact wide receiver
This is something that should have been done weeks ago. In fact, it should have been done when Jalen Guyton tore his ACL in Week 3 and was declared out for the rest of the year. The depth behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams simply is not good enough, especially with Joshua Palmer not having a great season.
Allen finally returned in Week 7 but was on a snap count and did not play in the second half. Palmer missed the game with a concussion but it should not be a long-term injury. Mike Williams rolled his ankle under a Seattle defender in the second half and will likely miss a few weeks with an ankle sprain.
This team needs help. If Williams is out and Palmer misses the next game it will be Allen and a bunch of practice squad receivers — literally. If Palmer returns that helps but he has not been that great and there is still a depth problem behind them.
The Chargers need someone who can actually make a difference. They don't need someone like John Hightower where we can get excited about his 40-time but he doesn't actually make a difference. The Chargers need a legitimate NFL wide receiver for their star quarterback to throw to.
There certainly are options for the Chargers to explore so there are no excuses if they don't make this addition. If they don't, it is simply roster malpractice and Tom Telesco should receive even more criticism than he has already gotten.