I don’t think Sunday’s outcome was what any of us expected coming out of the bye week. The Ravens game was a tough one to swallow, but at least it was easy to accept that sometimes, simply, you can get your a** kicked on any given Sunday.
But this 27-24 loss to the Patriots wasn’t one of those Sundays where you just tip your cap to the opponent and keep trucking on forward. There were issues. Real, tangible issues that came up, again, despite having roughly two whole weeks to prepare for this one opponent.
The inefficiency on early downs were still there. Penalties at inopportune times? Also still there. Now add in some miscommunication between Herbert and his skill players and you’ve got an even more gross cocktail of problems that this coaching staff must figure out if they don’t want to see their season derailed by things well within their control.
I’ll save the rest of my thoughts for other pieces of content this week, but as always, please feel free to continue the conversation from last night in the comments below.
And now for today’s links.
Three takeaways from the podium following Sunday’s loss (Chargers.com)
Everything we know about the team’s 27-24 loss to the Patriots (Chargers Wire)
The Chargers need to change their play-calling to avoid a potential slump (Bolt Beat)
Adrian Phillips said it was “sweet” to have a big game against the Chargers (Pro Football Talk)
Jamies Winston was carted off the field (ESPN)
Calvin Ridley is stepping away from football indefinitely (ESPN)
Week eight game grades (CBS Sports)
What we learned from Sunday’s games (NFL.com)
Brian Flores isn’t worried about his job status as the Dolphins fall to 1-7 (NFL.com)
Bruce Arians admitted that Rob Gronkowski shouldn’t have played against the Saints (Pro Football Talk)