Los Angeles Chargers Shut Down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers

 L.A. Chargers running back Melvin Gordon jumps over Green Bay Packers defensive back Chandon Sullivan during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3 in Carson. (Marcio Jose Sanchez)
L.A. Chargers running back Melvin Gordon jumps over Green Bay Packers defensive back Chandon Sullivan during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3 in Carson. (Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By Cameron Buford, Whatsgoodinsports.com

This past Sunday afternoon the Los Angeles Chargers welcomed in the 7-1 Green Bay Packers into Dignity Health, after making a big change on their coaching staff earlier in the week. When Head Coach Anthony Lynn spoke about this trade he stated, “This was a change that definitely had to be made.” Aside from facing a one-loss team and a Superbowl winning quarterback, in the Packers, the Chargers and their fans had to be eager to see how this new change would impact the team this week.

Coming off a month of not rushing for over 40 yards in a game, the 3-5 Chargers play-calling duties were now being handed over to their former Offensive Quality Control Coach and Quarterbacks Coach Shane Steichen, with assistance from Head Coach Anthony Lynn. The Coaching Staff and bolts fans alike were eager to see how this team responded.

New Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur joins legendary Vince Lombardi earlier this season as the only coaches in franchise history to win his first three games. He also became the 19th NFL Head Coach and the first since Jim Harbaugh, in 2011, to win seven of his first eight games. Additionally, the Packers have won two consecutive games against AFC Western teams as well as becoming one of six teams to be undefeated on the road this season coming into Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

In their final game at Dignity Health Sports Park for the next four weeks, the Chargers started this game moving the ball fluidly, though they ended their first three drives with field goals of 20, 40 and 34 yards. The Chargers added a 43-yard field goal from Michael Badgley midway way through the third quarter, before Melvin Gordon got into the fun by scoring his first touchdown of the game late in the third quarter. Gordon’s second touchdown 4th quarter touchdown extended the lead midway through the 4th quarter.

While the tandem of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram ended the Packers’ initial early drives with respective sacks on Aaron Rodgers. The Chargers defense collectively stifled the Packers offense by holding Rodgers to 161 yards passing. Similarly, Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams were held to a subpar 40 yards rushing yards, for the game.

After the game, I asked Aaron Rodgers how much Ingram and Bosa played in the Packers offensive futility on Sunday he responded by saying, “They’re great players. I think they pressure once or two times the entire game, a lot of four-man rushes and they got after us, a little bit upfront. So, we’ve got to get back to protecting and throwing the ball on time and being accurate” Rodgers continued to say, “This is a good slice of Humble for us! We were kind of rolling at 7-1, and starting to listening to the Chatter maybe a little too much!”

When he announced that the new offensive coordinator, Head Coach Anthony Lynn made it clear that Shane Steichen would not be looking over his shoulder as he would be making the plays calls this week. After being asked what he thought about the job Shane Steichen did post-game, this past Sunday afternoon the Los Angeles Chargers welcomed in the 7-1 Green Bay Packers into Dignity Health, after making a big change on their coaching staff earlier in the week. When Head Coach Anthony Lynn spoke about this trade he stated, “this was a change that definitely had to be made.”

Aside from facing a one-loss team and a Superbowl winning quarterback in the Packers, the Chargers and their fans had to be eager to see how this new change would impact the team this week. At 3-5, the Chargers are coming off a month of not rushing for over 40 yards in a game. Therefore, the play-calling duties were now being handed over to their former Offensive Quality Control Coach and Quarterbacks Coach Shane Steichen, with assistance from Head Coach Anthony Lynn. So, the coaching staff and bolts fans alike were eager to see how this team responded.

Head Coach Anthony Lynn made it clear that Shane Steichen would not be looking over his shoulder as he would be making the plays calls this week. After being asked what he thought about the job Shane Steichen did post-game, Coach Lynn responded by saying, “Shane did an outstanding job. Shane; he never has to look over his shoulder. He was aggressive when he needed to be aggressive and he did a good job of establishing the run when he had to.”

The 34-year-old Shane played an invaluable part of the offense getting going against the Packers on Sunday. As Mike Williams had his largest yardage input on the season, while the Running Back’s Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler combined for 150 yards rushing, which was the most yards gained on the ground to this point in this season. Coach Lynn responded by saying, “Shane did an outstanding job. Shane; he never has to look over his shoulder. He was aggressive when he needed to be aggressive and he did a good job of establishing the run when he had to.”

The Chargers take on their division rival Oakland Raiders in a short week of preparation in their final game at Ring Central Coliseum, formerly Oakland- Alameda County Stadium, as the Raider are set to be moving to Las Vegas next season. Please share your thoughts on the Chargers coaching changes and their upcoming game by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by following me on Twitter at “Voice of the Fans” for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, we certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!