Antoine Cason making sure that Plaxico Burress doesn't accidentally drop the ball. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
If there's one thing I dislike about the San Diego Chargers, and I think most NFL teams are the same way (at least I know the Philadelphia Eagles are), it is how stubborn they are. I suppose it's a good thing, as it shows loyalty to the players, but when Antoine Cason is getting destroyed by Plaxico Burress in the end zone the Head Coach or Defensive Coordinator should be willing to pull him out of the game for a better matchup.
If you're interested in watching Burress score three touchdowns with ease, the video is up at NFL.com. Had the Chargers tried something different the second or third, like matching Quentin Jammer or Marcus Gilchrist or Darrell Stuckey up against Burress, they could've turned those 7 points into 3. Possibly saving 8 points seems like a big deal when you lose by 6.
Cason has had trouble with big, physical receivers all season. I pointed out after the Dolphins game (that Jammer missed) that Gilchrist did a much better job against Brandon Marshall than Cason did. Instead of calling the same plays and trusting in his system and trusting the players to play to their full potential, Greg Manusky should've been game-planning to get Cason away from Burress (especially in the red zone). When he failed to do that, he may have cost the Chargers the game.