COSTA MESA, Calif. — Three days after one of many worst defensive performances of Brandon Staley’s three-year tenure, the Los Angeles Chargers coach stated he’ll proceed to name performs and has not thought of any important modifications.
“We imagine in how we play, and we imagine within the guys we play with,” Staley stated Wednesday. “You are going to make changes all year long, however nothing important.
“…I feel in the event you really feel prefer it provides you one of the best likelihood to win or in the event you suppose they’re going to gasoline your staff or one thing, individuals will try this. However we do not really feel like that is the route that We will refill.”
The Chargers allowed 533 yards and 5 touchdowns in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions, together with 177 speeding yards and three touchdowns within the first half. Additionally they gave up 536 yards in a Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Regardless of the defensive struggles, each losses had been determined by three factors or much less.
Earlier than this season, the Chargers had allowed greater than 500 receiving yards simply as soon as throughout Staley’s tenure: a 2021 win towards the Cleveland Browns.
However high-scoring, shut video games had been a theme below Staley. His protection was among the many worst within the league, whereas his offenses had been among the many finest within the NFL.
In opposition to the Lions, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 323 yards, 4 touchdowns and one interception. It was one in all his finest video games of the season and he threw for his most passing yards since Week 3 towards the Minnesota Vikings.
In Week 4, Herbert broke the center finger of his non-throwing hand attempting to sort out a defender after an interception, and within the weeks that adopted he hadn’t appeared like the identical participant.
Sporting a splint on the injured finger and having video games with profession lows in passing yards (136 yards vs. the New York Jets) and completions (13 vs. the Las Vegas Raiders), Herbert appeared again to his outdated self on Sunday.
Herbert took one other step in his restoration on Wednesday and practiced with no splint for the primary time for the reason that harm. Nonetheless, he stated he wasn’t certain if he would play with no splint towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers on Sunday.
“I feel there might need been a distinction the primary couple of weeks,” Herbert stated of enjoying via the harm. “However now that issues are getting higher, issues are getting again to regular.”