The LA Chargers needed to win in Week 13 against the Las Vegas Raiders to be in a good position to make the playoffs this season. Instead of doing that, the Chargers crumbled against their AFC West foes and the playoff chances did as well.
It was an ugly game all-around for the Chargers, who got absolutely torched by Davante Adams on defense and were missing four of their five starters on the offensive line. This limited the Chargers offensively to just one touchdown as Joe Lombardi called plays like he had a fully healthy line.
Perhaps the most frustrating part of this matchup was the fact that the team was coming up against former Charger Jerry Tillery. Tillery did not amount to much on the Chargers but of course, he had to come up against his former team and put on a show against a beaten-up offensive line.
Chargers fans are not going to like numbers that Pro Football Focus charted for Tillery in this game.
Six total pressures may not seem like a lot but that is miles better than anything he was doing as a member of the Chargers. He literally matched 60% of his season total in this one game against the Bolts. Just like when he was on the Chargers, he made sure he did everything in his power to ensure a Chargers loss.
The Chargers may regret waiving Jerry Tillery.
If Brandon Staley and Tom Telesco were to go back in time they might talk themselves into keeping Tillery in the fold and making it work. Granted, there was a philosophical difference in Tillery's role on the team and it appeared that it simply could not be patched up. But with everything that has happened since, the Chargers could really use Tillery.
And that is saying something considering he is still not a good defensive linemen.
After waiving Tillery the Chargers lost both Christian Covington and Austin Johnson to injury against the San Francisco 49ers. While some players like Breiden Fehoko have stepped up and been decent against the run, the Chargers have not been able to generate any pressure on the quarterback.
Then against the Raiders, the Chargers lost Sebastian Joseph-Day to injury on the last defensive drive of the game. The injury does not appear to be serious but could keep him out for a few weeks. That leaves the Chargers short yet another defensive lineman in the same year in which they waived one for nothing.
You can't really blame the team for waiving Tillery at the time as he was not producing and had no role. There was no way they could have predicted to be hampered by so many injuries after this move. However, with the benefit of hindsight, we can safely say that the Chargers could use Tillery right about now.