The LA Chargers have not gotten out to the kind of start that the team was hoping for this season. Not only are the Bolts 1-2 through three weeks, but the team has also compiled a list of injuries that is worse than any other team in the league.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the team has been the offense. After a solid first half in Week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders, the Chargers offense has been rather mediocre. Part of it is the play-calling, part of it is the injuries and part of it is the personnel that the team has.
With Keenan Allen out yet again and the rushing attack being the worst in the league, the Bolts need to stop trying to run the same offense out there and need to make some creative changes. Friend of Bolt Beat, Arjun Menon, came up with a great creative solution that Joe Lombardi hopefully will see.
Why this change could spark the Chargers offense in Week 4:
Austin Ekeler has really struggled to run the ball this season and Chargers fans have to accept that he might not be the same player when it comes to running the football. While he should not completely stop running the ball, it is clear that most of his value does not come in the running game.
Instead, it comes in the passing game and putting Ekeler in the slot could do a lot for this offense. These Chargers receivers really struggle in getting separation and Ekeler could help fix that. He is a good route-runner that can work underneath and become that outlet, especially on third downs, for Justin Herbert.
This would also be a welcome change as it would elevate two players who deserve more looks. DeAndre Carter has been the best receiver on the Chargers and getting him looks as the WR2, allowing him to run Keenan Allen's routes on the outside, would benefit the offense.
Meanwhile, Joshua Kelley has looked better than anyone else in the running back room yet he is not getting the looks he deserves. Giving him the ball over Sony Michel and even Austin Ekeler could spark this stagnant Chargers rushing attack.
The Chargers cannot afford to let this game slip after a 1-2 start and if they do, things are going to start to snowball. If the offense comes out and continues to struggle once more, making these kind of changes may become necessary.