The Los Angeles Chargers’ loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday falls squarely on the shoulders of the defense, and the pass defense particularly.
The Dolphins’ aerial attack thoroughly dominated the game. Tua Tagovailoa threw for 466 yards. The Chargers quite literally could not cover Tyreek Hill, who caught 11 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins had the better players, the better performance, the better coaching, the better scheme, the better play calling. Brandon Staley bested Mike McDaniel when the two coaches met in Week 14 last season. Sunday was the exact opposite.
The Chargers were also, rather surprisingly, in this game until the very end. And that is because Kellen Moore’s offense was stellar in the offensive coordinator’s Chargers debut. As the dust settles from Sunday’s loss, the biggest takeaway is that the pass defense must significantly improve if the Chargers have any chance of contending for the playoffs. The silver lining is that Moore’s offense was good enough to make this a competitive game. If the offense kept the Chargers in this game, it will be able to keep them in any game. Defensively, it does not get worse than what the Chargers put on tape against the Dolphins.
The most encouraging development for the Chargers offensively against the Dolphins was the running game.
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