Chargers: 5 Observations After Week 2
The art of making observations through only two weeks of the NFL season is similar to a forward looking statement in a financial report. Both need to be considered with caution due to limited information. Nevertheless, a few patterns appear to be developing that affects the Bolts.
Good Riddance Norv Turner
The Chargers failed to score a touchdown against the Browns in their 2012 game. This offseason, Cleveland hired Norv Turner as their OC after he was fired from being the Chargers head coach.
How is that working out?
The Browns have only managed to score one touchdown and 16 total points (31st). San Diego has scored 61 points (4th).
The situation is so offensive in Cleveland, they have apparently already given up on this season. On Wednesday the Browns traded RB Trent Richardson to the Colts in exchange for a first-round pick in 2014.
Turner is no longer an offensive genius, and could be one of the first coordinators out of a job this season.
The AFC West No Longer SUCKS
The AFC West is a collective 6-2. All four teams appear better than expected.
Unfortunately this includes the Raiders (1-1). With only 13 penalties for 81-yards , second year coach Dennis Allen has his squad playing smarter football than is typical of an Oakland team.
This week the Raiders take on the Broncos (2-0) in Denver on MNF. It’s hard to pull for the Silver and Black, but the Broncos look unstoppable. An upset could set the stage for a very competitive divisional race.
Pagano Needs to Do Better
DC John Pagano was retained for his second season because the Chargers defense performed better in 2012 under his leadership. Last season, the D-line got more pressure on the quarterback and consequently the secondary improved against the pass.
San Diego has only 4 sacks (eight way tie for 16th) this season. The secondary has given up a league worst 740 yards through the air. The defense has also allowed 480.0 per game (31st overall).
The Bolts have played two strong offenses in the Texans and Eagles. If the defense does not make a major improvement against less changeling opponents, Pagano could be slated for a mid-season replacement to allow new HC Mike McCoy the opportunity to hire his own man.
San Diego Can Make the Playoffs
One win over a good team does not make a season. It will likely take at least 10 wins to make the post-season this year.
The offense, however, has been explosive. San Diego has averaged 401 YPG (7th overall) and scored 61 points (4th overall). While the defense needs improving, it is important to remember the NFL is now a pass-first league.
QB Philip Rivers has played well in six quarters. In the other two he was horrible while attempting to protect a lead. HC Mike McCoy and OC Ken Whisenhunt need to adopt the mantra of N.E.P [Never Enough Points].
With an NEP attitude, the Chargers can defy prognosticators and make the postseason.