- You guys see that “100%” next to Bryan Bulaga? It’s fantastic. This was just his third game of the season where he played 100% percent of his snaps. Trai Turner also returned for just his second game of the year. He played just 78% of the snaps, but Anthony Lynn told us after the game that he purposely kept Turner on a play count since he hadn’t played since Week 2 against the Chiefs.
- Kalen Ballage was far-and-away the leader in the backfield, receiving 73% of the offensive snaps. Joshua Kelley was second with only 27% of the available snaps.
- Without Virgil Green, the Chargers have continued to stick with 11 personnel even more than before they lost their backup tight end. Donald Parham has received a slight increase in his total weekly snaps, but he’s not the blocker Green is and that limits the what the Chargers can do when it comes to multiple-tight end sets.
- Safeties Nasir Adderley and Rayshawn Jenkins were the only two defenders to play 100% of the snaps on defense against the Dolphins. Both Casey Hayward and Michael Davis missed a pair of snaps, ending with 97%. Tevaughn Campbell played 57% of the snaps, which still seems like a low amount for the defense to be in Nickel, but the Dolphins liked their bigger personnel groups, so it’s no surprise to see less sub-packages.
- After Kenneth Murray was bench against the Raiders due to “communication issues”, he was right back to leading the linebackers in snaps against the Dolphins at 90%. White finished with 81% of the snaps while Perryman saw just 38% of the snaps. Nick Vigil, who seemingly hasn’t played on defense since Week 1 against the Bengals, recovered his second fumble of the year despite playing just 10 total snaps on Sunday (17%).
- As for the defensive line, Justin Jones (78%) and Jerry Tillery (77%) led the position in snaps. Joseph was also close with 71%. This illustrates how the defense needed to stick with their larger personnel to combat a Dolphins offense that loved mixing it up with their three tight ends in Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe, and Adam Shaheen.
- For the second-straight week without Joey Bosa, Uchenna Nwosu was not used all that much. His 19 snaps were an increase from last week but were still not nearly enough for the team’s second-best pass-rusher behind Bosa. Melvin Ingram has been healthy above Nwosu, but the former has yet to record a sack while the latter has 3.5 on the year.
- This unit was bad. Seriously. Really, really bad. Penalties, lack of average kick coverage, and horrendous execution. As a whole, their mistakes gave the Dolphins almost half of their point scored on Sunday.
- Changes need to happen, and happen fast. I think this goes beyond the loss of special teams aces like Nick Dzubnar, Adrian Phillips, and Derek Watt.