NEWARK, N.J. -- Sweats on the plane!
The Chargers have not won a game since, nine straight losses, dating to last season.
So it’s appropriate that five days after Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said there would be changes this week, one of them appears to be going with comfort over style on road trips, as the Chargers wore sweats on the plane on their trip across the country to take on the New York Giants on Friday.
We out✌️ pic.twitter.com/IDYbzHUdOi
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) October 6, 2017
Will get into some of the other possible changes later as I take a couple questions in this week's Chargers mailbag:
why is the tackling so bad? Can it be improved?
— BirdieNumNum (@jbirdynumnum) October 6, 2017
@eric_d_williams: According to Pro Football Focus, the Chargers have missed 49 tackles so far this season, the most in the NFL.
The Chargers are giving up 163.5 rushing yards per contest, second-worst in the NFL, and have allowed five rushing plays of 40-plus yards.
Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was asked about what he plans to do to in order to improve tackling from his group and shore up the running game this week.
“After the first line and second line of defense, there’s one guy back there,” Bradley said. “A lot of teams play with split safeties back there, and they can control some of the explosive runs because they have two safeties to try and take care of that.
“So there’s advantages to both, but when you have that single safety in the middle as much as we do, that guy has to be good as an eraser tackler. And he’s done a good job for us. But we still, up front and at the linebacker spot, we can do a better job at the point of attack.”
The one guy back there is free safety Tre Boston, who also addressed what the Chargers’ defense has to do accomplish to curb explosive plays and tackle better.
“It’s too many yards, simple as that,” Boston said. “We have to get better at tackling everywhere.”
Along with making sure tackles in the open field, the Chargers must do a better job of maintaining their gaps in the run fits and consistently get more defenders to the football.
With the offense sputtering what plans/ changes do you envision Lynn making? Any coaching changes? Does he take over play calling duties?
— Mark Busnelli Jr (@Dynam8GoesB00M) October 6, 2017
Lynn also promoted Andre Williams from the practice squad to the active roster, waiving Dexter McCoil to make room on the 53-man roster on Saturday, so perhaps we will see more of a commitment to the run game.
But I think overall, Lynn will continue to try and put players in positions where they can lean on their strengths and finally finish the game.