Chuck Cook -US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
In which we look through the official NFL Game Book and find the most interesting stats from the Chargers' loss to the Saints.
- Chris Carr, signed specifically to help the San Diego secondary against the New Orleans' passing attack, did not play a single down on defense.
- The Chargers converted 33% of their third-down opportunities while the Saints converted 56%.
- 2 of the Chargers' 10 longest offensive plays were run plays, as opposed to 0 of the Saints' 10 longest offensive plays.
- Each team had 3 offensive drives with the lead.
- As per usual, all 5 offensive linemen and Philip Rivers were the only offensive players to play every snap.
- Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates each played more than 93% of the offensive snaps.
- Ronnie Brown, Norv Turner's new go-to Running Back in the 2 minute offense, played on 48% of the Chargers' snaps. He carried the ball on just 2 of those 33 snaps, making his presence on the field a factor of predicting what the San Diego offense will do.
- Ryan Mathews, despite being the best player on the field for the Chargers, played just 28 snaps on offense. The only offensive players with fewer snaps (but at least 1 snap) were Le'Ron McClain, Jackie Battle and Dante Rosario.
- Chargers players in on every defensive snaps were Eric Weddle, Donald Butler, Atari Bigby and Quentin Jammer. Is Bigby really the best option at SS on 3rd down?
- Shaun Phillips played on 79% of the defensive snaps, way more than any other OLB.
- Corey Liuget steals Vaughn Martin's crown as the defensive linemen with the most snaps. He had 45 compared to Martin's 43.
- Aubrayo Franklin, former Saint, played on 33% of the defensive snaps.
- Jarret Johnson, a run-stopping LB, was in on 47% of the defensive snaps against a team that almost never runs the ball (and does a poor job of it when they do). Melvin Ingram, pass-rushing specialist, played on 29% of the defensive snaps.
- Takeo Spikes, leader of the defense, was on the field for just 43% of their snaps.
- Kendall Reyes played on 42% of the snaps, far more than Melvin Ingram.
- Larry English had the fewest defensive snaps (among those that had at least 1), playing on 15% of the plays. He had fewer than Corey Lynch, who was in on 21% of the defensive plays.