2. The offensive scheme
The Chargers were a top-five offense in the league last season and with Justin Herbert under center, they likely will be in 2022 as well. That being said, the Chargers have not enjoyed that hot of a start offensively in the first two weeks of the season, scoring 23 and 24 points in two games.
A lot of Chargers fans are calling for Joe Lombardi to be fired and I get it. I understand where the frustration comes from and Lombardi can absolutely be better as a play-caller, especially for Justin Herbert. That being said, there are a lot more factors than just what play-calls Lombardi is making.
First is the fact that the Chargers have virtually no speed in the receiving room. That makes it really hard to create separation and removes the ability to go deep offensively. Just having that vertical threat can open up other things in the offense and the Chargers don't currently seem to have that.
That has caused the Chargers to run a more methodical offense than we are used to and while it looks really good when it works, there are times when it does not work and you are left wondering why. In Week 1 the team got far too conservative with the play-calling and in Week 2 they could not execute in key moments.
Granted, it is early in the season and not playing any snaps in the preseason is going to have an impact on the offense, just ask Austin Ekeler. The offense only scored 37 points in the first two weeks last season. That being said, it is not like the Chargers have played great defenses thus far in 2022.
The Chargers' offense exploded for 105 combined points in Weeks 3-5 last season. Hopefully the same can happen this season as well.