While the Los Angeles Chargers have a 4-2 record and one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Justin Herbert, fans have not exactly been shy in their vitriol directed at offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and the state of the offense in general. The unit has been good this season, but not dominant.
Not only has Austin Ekeler been ineffective running the ball in four of the team's six games, but Herbert is being completely misused. Lombardi seemingly wants to get the ball out of No. 10's hands as quickly as possible despite the fact Herbert has one of the league's strongest arms. How does that make sense?
While Lombardi may not be performing well right now, it's tough to complain too much about a team that is 4-2 and in prime position for a playoff run. Veteran linebacker Kyle Van Noy is officially fed up with fans who spent more time ripping Lombardi than celebrating the team's most recent win.
Van Noy was livid with fans complaining about the offense in a 19-16 overtime win against the Denver Broncos. Van Noy correctly noted that the offense was humming during the prior two weeks, many key players on offense were hampered by injuries, and they were playing a tough Denver defense.
Kyle Van Noy thinks the Chargers offense is fine.
LA currently ranks 11th in the NFL in points per game and seventh in yards per game. While Herbert's passing attack is at the top of the league in terms of fewest times sacked, fewest interceptions, and total yards, they are just 14th in yards per pass attempt. The running game ranks 25th in yards and 26th in yards per carry.
Lombardi's philosophy makes some sense. With holes on the offensive line and the recent rise of 2-hi safety defenses making it harder to attack teams downfield, this dinking and dunking has been effective enough to help the Chargers beat two division rivals.
If the Chargers were losing these games despite a clear advantage at quarterback and enough skill position players to make an impact without a healthy Keenan Allen, that would be a different story. Winning is hard in the NFL, and Van Noy wants fans to savor it.
While Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes appear to be separating from Herbert just a bit in the hypothetical quarterback power rankings, the Chargers should be able to alleviate some of the fanbases' worries about the offense if they keep stacking the wins together.