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San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 10 vs Miami Dolphins

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A look at the Chargers’ playing time distribution in their loss to the Dolphins

NFL: Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

In a crushing loss to the Dolphins, there were a few changes in playing time from Week 9 to Week 10. While that is an obvious statement there are a few players who saw a spike, or decline, in playing time that should be pointed out. We saw more snaps by Melvin Gordon, less Joe Barksdale, and almost a double dose of Hunter Henry compared to last week. It also seems like every week, the Chargers have a player go to IR (with the exception of Week 8). This week the Chargers lost Brandon Mebane for the season after he tore his bicep during the game. With a roster sized IR list and the number of 4th quarter meltdowns, it seems as if the Chargers’ playoff chances are slim to none.

Chargers’ Offense:

Pos. Name W9 Snaps "% of Total W9" W10 Snaps % of Total W10 Snaps WoW % Change
G D.J. Fluker 80 100% 77 100% 0%
QB Philip Rivers 80 100% 77 100% 0%
C Matt Slauson 80 100% 77 100% 0%
T King Dunlap 80 100% 77 100% 0%
WR Tyrell Wiliams 66 82% 73 95% 13%
G Orlando Franklin 61 76% 72 94% 18%
WR Dontrelle Inman 76 95% 71 92% -3%
RB Melvin Gordon 65 80% 70 91% 11%
T Joe Barksdale 80 100% 58 75% -25%
TE Antonio Gates 66 82% 58 75% -7%
WR Griff Whalen 49 61% 55 71% 10%
TE Hunter Henry 0 0% 26 34% 34%
T Chris Hairston 0 0% 19 25% 25%
TE Sean McGrath 17 21% 10 13% -8%
G Kenny Wiggins 11 14% 7 9% -5%
FB Derek Watt 9 11% 6 8% -3%
C Spencer Pulley 19 24% 5 6% -18%
RB Kenneth Farrow 15 19% 5 6% -13%
WR Isaiah Burse 1 1% 4 5% 4%
WR Jeremy Butler 10 12% 0 0% -12%
TE Asante Cleveland 8 10% 0 0% -10%
WR Travis Benjamin 7 9% 0 0% -9%

No Travis Benjamin. Philip Rivers had none of this season’s original starting receivers, but at least he still had Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry. The receiving core this year has slowly turned into nothing but unsigned free agents. Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman ate up the majority of snaps at WR, but players such as Isaiah Burse and Griff Whalen were able to make their way onto the field. Given the rash of injuries, it should be no surprise that recently signed Jeremy Butler was inactive this week. Melvin Gordon saw a slight increase in snaps compared to last week, but the Chargers could not get the run game going. Rivers went to the air and forcing it cost them. The high amount of snaps for the offense didn’t lead to points and the offense sputtered again in the 4th quarter.

Chargers’ Defense:

Pos. Name W9 Snaps "% of Total W9" W10 Snaps % of Total W10 Snaps WoW % Change
FS Dwight Lowery 63 97% 51 100% 3%
CB Casey Hayward 64 98% 50 98% 0%
LB Korey Toomer 64 98% 50 98% 0%
LB Melvin Ingram 55 85% 48 94% 9%
LB Kyle Emanuel 24 37% 48 94% 57%
SS Adrian Phillips 50 77% 47 92% 15%
DT Corey Liuget 47 72% 36 71% -1%
CB Brandon Flowers 64 98% 35 69% -29%
DE Joey Bosa 51 78% 35 69% -9%
CB Craig Mager 0 0% 35 69% 69%
NT Brandon Mebane 30 46% 31 61% 15%
DT Tenny Palepoi 31 48% 24 47% -1%
LB Tourek Williams 12 18% 15 29% 11%
NT Damion Square 27 42% 11 22% -20%
LB Chris Landrum 9 14% 11 22% 8%
DE Darius Philon 15 23% 10 20% -3%
FS Darrell Stuckey 5 8% 7 14% 6%
CB Trevor Williams 25 38% 7 14% -24%
FS Dexter McCoil 33 51% 6 12% -39%
LB Jerry Attaochu 0 0% 3 6% 6%
LB Joshua Perry 13 20% 1 2% -18%
CB Steve Williams 23 35% 0 0% -35%
LB Deon King 10 15% 0 0% -15%

Bye bye, Steve Williams and welcome back Craig Mager. We saw more of Mager and way less Dexter McCoil. The Chargers’ defense has a handful of inactives and injuries which has delayed the true cohesion of the defense. There are times when we see flashes of what could be if they all remained healthy. The defense is going to have to step up, especially with the loss of Brandon Mebane. Mebane has been a leader and a stout defender, an anchor for the defense. We’ll be seeing more Damion Square in the following weeks, so keeping an eye on the defensive front will be interesting.

The Chargers are on a much-needed bye week, but we will continue our snap counts breakdown after the bye. The Chargers face the Houston Texans, at NRG Stadium, next Sunday at 10 am.