Kris Rhim, ESPNNov 19, 2023, 08:13 PM ET
GREEN BAY, Wis.– The Los Angeles Chargers locker space was mainly quiet. Quarterback Justin Herbert and security Derwin James talked silently while numerous other gamers sat looking forward, apparently in a mix of shock and aggravation.
It was another video game in which the opposing offense had among its finest getaways versus the Chargers.
Recently versus Los Angeles, the Detroit Lionshurrying offense acquired 200 backyards, consisting of 177 lawns and 3 ratings in the very first half. It was the most the Lions had actually acquired in a half in a minimum of 30 years.
On Sunday, it was Jordan Love and the Packers’ death offense.
Love tossed for 322 backyards, 2 goals and no interceptions. It was the most passing lawns of Love’s profession and the very first time the Packers had actually tossed for over 300 backyards because 2021, when Aaron Rodgers was their starter.
“We simply fed up,” Chargers security Alohi Gilman informed ESPN. “Something’s got to alter.”
In an incensed action to a press reporter asking if he would think about considerable modifications on defense, Chargers coach Brandon Staley stated he would not– as he likewise did days after the Lions loss.
“I have complete self-confidence,” Staley stated Sunday. “Like I’ve informed you from the start, I have complete self-confidence in our method of playing. Complete self-confidence in myself as the playcaller, in the manner in which we teach and the manner in which we plan. Complete self-confidence because. We got to bring this group together and do it regularly. … And that’s where it’s at.
“So you can stop asking that concern, OK? I’m going to be calling the defenses … so we’re clear. You do not have to ask that once again.”
No gamer might indicate exactly what the Chargers (4-6) required to alter. James kept in mind that if “one to 2 plays” went in a different way in video games this project, the Chargers’ 0-5 record in one-score contests might be various. The Chargers are relatively constantly on the incorrect side of these scenarios.
There was a lot of blame to walk around on Sunday.
L.A. pass receiver Keenan Allen had a career-high 3 dropped passes, 2 of which remained in the red zone.
“I absolutely was on bulls– early in the video game,” Allen informed ESPN. “Three drops, 2 of them on the objective line. … I simply got to be much better.”
Fellow wideout Quentin Johnston dropped a hand down 2nd down with 23 seconds staying in the 4th quarter that would have put the Chargers in basket variety.
“I seem like the video game might’ve certainly went the other method if I had actually simply captured that ball. Absence of concentration on my part,” stated Johnston, who was noticeably disturbed. “I faltered. I’m a receiver. They prepared me for a factor: that’s to capture the ball. And I wasn’t able to do that.”
The Chargers dropped 6 passes, 3 of them at a loss zone. Both of those overalls were the most by the group given that ESPN started tracking drops in 2006.
“There were a great deal of other things that triggered us to lose today. It definitely wasn’t our defense. It was the method we played as a group. … Stop making it about one system since that’s not what took place out there today. Our group lost, and I’m completely accountable for it, and I take complete duty, however we lost as a group today. Which’s the story.”
Chargers coach Brandon Staley
There was the red zone offense. The Chargers went into the day scoring on 72% of their red zone drives, 2nd finest in the NFL. Versus Green Bay, they were 0-3 at a loss zone.
Still, the Chargers’ protective battles have actually been increased since of how regularly improperly this system has actually played under Staley, who was employed 3 seasons ago for his protective expertise. When he was the D-coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams in 2020, Staley’s defense was the very best in the league, completing initially in backyards and points enabled per video game.
He hasn’t had that effect with the Chargers regardless of having actually shown gamers such as Joey Bosa Khalil Mack and James. Entering this video game, the Chargers ranked 30th in protective performance, 29th in points enabled per video game (24.6 ), 31st in lawns per play permitted (5.7) and 29th in 3rd down conversion rate (42%) over Staley’s period.
Staley was worsened by concerns about his defense’s play postgame, nevertheless, pointing out the other aspects that added to the loss and the defense’s development.
“You guys imitate we’ve never ever played great defense,” Staley stated. “That’s not the fact. That’s not the fact. You imitate we have not made any enhancements. Today, in the run video game, we played impressive. We’re hurrying the quarterback well. What we got to do a much better task of remains in the death video game. Which’s where our complete attention is. And it’s where it will continue to be.
“There were a great deal of other things that triggered us to lose today. It definitely wasn’t our defense. It was the method we played as a group. We didn’t play all right at a loss zone on offense. We dropped a lot of passes. OK? We quit a couple of killer sacks. OK? We did this as a group. Stop making it about one system since that’s not what occurred out there today. Our group lost, and I’m totally accountable for it, and I take complete duty, however we lost as a group today. Which’s the story.”
The Chargers next play the Baltimore Ravens (8-3), the No. 2 seed in the AFC, on Sunday night at Sofi Stadium.