4 huge long-term positives Chargers fans can take away from Week 5 win

Los Angeles Chargers v Cleveland Browns
Los Angeles Chargers v Cleveland Browns / Jason Miller/GettyImages
4 of 4

4. Joe Lombardi's play-calling was fantastic for the Chargers

Joe Lombardi has become the no. 1 scapegoat for anything that goes wrong with the LA Chargers. Don't get me wrong, Lombardi is far from perfect and I have criticized him plenty of times both in article form and on social media.

That being said, when Lombardi deserves praise I am going to give him that praise. The Chargers offense has been really good the last two weeks, scoring 64 combined points without their franchise left tackle and WR1.

Yes, the Chargers did this against two lackluster defenses but the play-calling in this game was still fantastic. The Chargers did not veer away from running the ball as they have in the past and for the most part, the play designs and calls on the passing downs were effective.

Lombardi himself admitted after three games that the play-calling could have been better. Since then, it has been exponentially better and this offense has been successful. What else do fans want?

It was not perfect but no play-calling is going to be perfect. If perfect is the standard that Lombardi and the Chargers have to strive towards in order to satisfy fans then they simply will never be satisfied as that is impossible to obtain.

But at the end of the day, Lombardi has done a really good job of navigating an injury at WR1, offensive line injuries, and a quarterback who is still dealing with fractured rib cartilage. Let's not forget that the Chargers finished fifth in points per game and fourth in offensive DVOA last season.