The LA Chargers have started the 2021 season the same way they have started the last two seasons: in the win column. This was more than just a regular win, though, as the Bolts beat one of the best defensive teams in the league in the Washington Football Team.
Not only were the Chargers playing a tough opponent but this game meant some more as well. It represents the start of a new era that will be led by Brandon Staley and Justin Herbert, who Charger fans are hoping turns into the next great head coach-quarterback combo.
The partnership started on the right foot and the team was polished. It was much more impressive than last year and there were plenty of things to be excited about. Justin Herbert was great, the team was fantastic on third down, the defense made plays when it needed to.
However, as Staley would admit, there are some things that need to be cleaned up.
Three areas the LA Chargers need to improve in following Week 1 win:
1. Dropped passes
The LA Chargers dropped seven passes in this game. Justin Herbert still had a great game and if it were not for these drops then he may have had the most impressive game of the entire Week 1 slate.
Seven drops is a lot and the team winning certainly saved a discussion that would have caused a headache. Tyron Johnson had the lowest drop percentage on the team last season and the Chargers cut him.
Since the Chargers won that debate is not being had between Charger fans but the fact still remains that the team needs to get better in this department. They won on Sunday with these drops but they are not going to win many more games dropping this many passes in a game.
We are going to chalk it up to the heat, humidity and some rust as most of the starters did not play in the preseason.