By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com

This National Football League season has been awkward for multiple reasons for most teams in the NFL, as the league figures out to manager outbreaks of the Coronavirus. Though the Chargers have yet to record a positive Coronavirus test, for either of their players or coaches, they have had their schedule adjusted as a result of other teams being infected by the COVID 19 pandemic. This schedule change will allow many of their players to rest and heal up from their injuries as well as enable their keys players to develop some much-needed chemistry.

Some of their notable injuries that should benefit from the early bye week are Offensive Guard Trai Turner, Offensive Tackle Bryan Bulaga, Running Back Justin Jackson, Wide Receiver Mike Williams, Defensive End Melvin Ingram, and Defensive Tackle Justin Jones. Though Justin Jackson, Mike Williams are the only guys slated to return to action right away. The bye coming this early in the season should get the other guys on the field in the all-important final push of the season.

In this Week 7 matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, they each come into this match up with 1 win apiece. The Jaguars (1-5) will make their furthest trip of the season (2,427 miles) when going to Los Angeles for the first time in franchise history win they meet the Chargers (1-4) on Sunday at the brand new SoFi Stadium. These Jaguars are the only team in the NFL this season to have three wide receivers with at least 25 receptions, Additionally, they have had six different players intercept a pass this season, including four different players in the last three games.

In regards to the bye week being moved up Coach Anthony Lynn mentioned to us, “We weren’t expecting a bye week, until last week but it probably couldn’t come at a better time. Because we may get a few players back and we need to get a little healthier.” Not only will the team use their buy week to get better, but I also wanted to know if Coach Lynn was comfortable with the defensive scheme employed to close out games, he responded by telling me.

Over their bye week, Coach Lynn said they’ve done self-scouting over the past week, when asked about what changes, if any, they plan to make, “we’ve got to execute for four quarters, we’ve did a lot of good things in the first five weeks, but we have to execute four quarters. As coaches’ there are things we need to tweak as well.” When pressed about those tweaks he said, “He wants to see these things playout on the field.”

He also mentioned the balance on defense between scaling things back vs. being more aggressive stating, “It’s a balance; it’s a fine line. You can scale back and be very vanilla, but you better be really good when you do that. If you’re missing a lot of key guys, you might want to put them in position, where they can be a little more aggressive.”

We were also able to talk to Chargers Defensive End Ucheena Nwosu in the week before their matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, I wanted to know about the discussion amongst the defensive squad about the points they’ve given up in the second half of their recent games he told me, “We know what we’ve been messing up on, we know what we need to correct.” When asked about changes to the strategy, “no major changes, we’re just doing what we’ve been known to do. Just keep focusing on the minor details; as it’s all about the details, as long as we take care of the minor details, we’ll be good to go.”

Los Angeles Chargers star Joey Bosa finding his way to the quarterback Sunday vs the Jaguars. (Photo: Mike Nowak/Los Angeles Chargers)

Veteran Defensive End Melvin Ingram echoed those same thoughts in his post-game press conferences just in a more direct fashion, “Nah, Nah we come out and play our game. We come out and rush the passer up front and on the back end, we cover. We definitely don’t make any dramatic changes for nobody; we’re going to come out and play our game! It’s all about playing our game.”

For only the 9th time in the team’s history, the Chargers defense did not allow a pass completion in the first quarter. By registering 2 sacks for a total of -5 yards, this was the lowest net total passing yards in a quarter in teams’ history. Rookie Linebacker Kenneth Murray set a team record by recording 42 total tackles in his first six games of his career.

Even though the Chargers scored in 3 of their first 4 drives, it appeared Herbert started the game needing to work himself into the rhythm of the game. Once he did so he put some more remarkable numbers. After taking a 16-0 lead, the Chargers were forced to respond with the resiliency we haven’t seen from them all season.

In talking with Head Coach Anthony Lynn post-game about this resiliency he stated, “This was definitely, the resolve you’re looking for. I’m looking for leadership on this team; for guys stepping up to take charge; for the first time I didn’t say one word to this team when we were down.” He continued to point out a few leaders on the team, “Well, I’m not out there in the field with them, but from what I see Damion Square is a leader on this football team; LJ (Linval Joseph) is a leader on this team; Casey Hayward (is a leader on the team)!

Once down 16-0, the Jaguars raddled off 21 unanswered points. The Chargers responded by scoring 21 points of their own and including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Guyton. This was also Herbert 3rd touchdown pass of the day, making him one of two quarterbacks in league history to pass for 3+ TD in 3 straight games. Additionally, by passing for 347 yards against the Jaguars on Sunday, Herbert becomes one of two quarterbacks, since 1950, that has 250+ passing yards in each of his first 5 starts.

When I asked Justin about his conversation with his team in the huddle, to regain the lead his stated wasted no time in saying, “Just to keep attacking! Knowing that we have the right guys out there; we’ve got the right game plan. It’s all about executing and that what we did, we stuck together for four quarters and got the ball moving.”

Head Coach Anthony Lynn downplayed the statistical part of Justin’s performance when he stated this about Herbert, “I’m impressed when he leads his team out there and we win. Justin is a big strong arm guy, good athlete. We did a lot of work on this young man; he’s our franchise quarterback for a reason. The skill and the physical part of this we know that he has that, we expect that! I’m excited about the way he’s growing mentally and how his team is responding to him as a young leader!”

This game wasn’t quite a must-win game for the Chargers, though it was an essential win for the team. As another week goes by, it’s another week that Rookie Quarterback Justin Herbert establishes himself as likely the best quarterback in the lack, with the poise and confidence as a 5 or 6-year veteran. Let me know what you think of Herbert, and name a quarterback that has played a better first half a season than this guy? Kindly share your thoughts on how you see the recurring theme giving up big leads in the second half of the season, reaching out to me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport, or forward any suggestions on what topics or angles you’d like to see discussed to info@whatsgoodinsports.com. Lastly, be sure to subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on most podcasting platforms; Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio. Thank You, as always, for making our voice your choice!

Some of their notable injuries that should benefit from the early bye week are Offensive Guard Trai Turner, Offensive Tackle Bryan Bulaga, Running Back Justin Jackson, Wide Receiver Mike Williams, Defensive End Melvin Ingram, and Defensive Tackle Justin Jones. Though Justin Jackson, Mike Williams are the only guys slated to return to action right away. The bye coming this early in the season should get the other guys on the field in the all-important final push of the season.

In this Week 7 matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, they each come into this match up with 1 win apiece. The Jaguars (1-5) will make their furthest trip of the season (2,427 miles) when going to Los Angeles for the first time in franchise history win they meet the Chargers (1-4) on Sunday at the brand new SoFi Stadium. These Jaguars are the only team in the NFL this season to have three wide receivers with at least 25 receptions, Additionally, they have had six different players intercept a pass this season, including four different players in the last three games.

In regards to the bye week being moved up Coach Anthony Lynn mentioned to us, “We weren’t expecting a bye week, until last week but it probably couldn’t come at a better time. Because we may get a few players back and we need to get a little healthier.” Not only will the team use their buy week to get better, but I also wanted to know if Coach Lynn was comfortable with the defensive scheme employed to close out games, he responded by telling me,

Over their bye week, Coach Lynn said they’ve done self-scouting over the past week, when asked about what changes, if any, they plan to make, “we’ve got to execute for four quarters, we’ve did a lot of good things in the first five weeks, but we have to execute four quarters. As coaches’ there are things we need to tweak as well.” When pressed about those tweaks he said, “He wants to see these things playout on the field.”

He also mentioned the balance on defense between scaling things back vs. being more aggressive stating, “It’s a balance; it’s a fine line. You can scale back and be very vanilla, but you better be really good when you do that. If you’re missing a lot of key guys, you might want to put them in position, where they can be a little more aggressive.”

We were also able to talk to Chargers Defensive End Ucheena Nwosu in the week before their matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, I wanted to know about the discussion amongst the defensive squad about the points they’ve given up in the second half of their recent games he told me, “We know what we’ve been messing up on, we know what we need to correct.” When asked about changes to the strategy, “no major changes, we’re just doing what we’ve been known to do. Just keep focusing on the minor details; as it’s all about the details, as long as we take care of the minor details, we’ll be good to go.”

Veteran Defensive End Melvin Ingram echoed those same thoughts in his post-game press conferences just in a more direct fashion, “Nah, Nah we come out and play our game. We come out and rush the passer up front and on the back end, we cover. We definitely don’t make any dramatic changes for nobody; we’re going to come out and play our game! It’s all about playing our game.”

For only the 9th time in the team’s history, the Chargers defense did not allow a pass completion in the first quarter. By registering 2 sacks for a total of -5 yards, this was the lowest net total passing yards in a quarter in teams’ history. Rookie Linebacker Kenneth Murray set a team record by recording 42 total tackles in his first six games of his career.

Even though the Chargers scored in 3 of their first 4 drives, it appeared Herbert started the game needing to work himself into the rhythm of the game. Once he did so he put some more remarkable numbers. After taking a 16-0 lead, the Chargers were forced to respond with the resiliency we haven’t seen from them all season.

In talking with Head Coach Anthony Lynn post-game about this resiliency he stated, “This was definitely, the resolve you’re looking for. I’m looking for leadership on this team; for guys stepping up to take charge; for the first time I didn’t say one word to this team when we were down.” He continued to point out a few leaders on the team, “Well, I’m not out there in the field with them, but from what I see Damion Square is a leader on this football team; LJ (Linval Joseph) is a leader on this team; Casey Hayward (is a leader on the team)!

Once down 16-0, the Jaguars raddled off 21 unanswered points. The Chargers responded by scoring 21 points of their own and including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Guyton. This was also Herbert 3rd touchdown pass of the day, making him one of two quarterbacks in league history to pass for 3+ TD in 3 straight games. Additionally, by passing for 347 yards against the Jaguars on Sunday, Herbert becomes one of two quarterbacks, since 1950, that has 250+ passing yards in each of his first 5 starts.

When I asked Justin about his conversation with his team in the huddle, to regain the lead his stated wasted no time in saying, “Just to keep attacking! Knowing that we have the right guys out there; we’ve got the right game plan. It’s all about executing and that what we did, we stuck together for four quarters and got the ball moving.”

Head Coach Anthony Lynn downplayed the statistical part of Justin’s performance when he stated this about Herbert, “I’m impressed when he leads his team out there and we win. Justin is a big strong arm guy, good athlete. We did a lot of work on this young man; he’s our franchise quarterback for a reason. The skill and the physical part of this we know that he has that, we expect that! I’m excited about the way he’s growing mentally and how his team is responding to him as a young leader!”

This game wasn’t quite a must-win game for the Chargers, though it was an essential win for the team. As another week goes by, it’s another week that Rookie Quarterback Justin Herbert establishes himself as likely the best quarterback in the lack, with the poise and confidence as a 5 or 6-year veteran. Let me know what you think of Herbert, and name a quarterback that has played a better first half a season than this guy? Kindly share your thoughts on how you see the recurring theme giving up big leads in the second half of the season, reaching out to me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport, or forward any suggestions on what topics or angles you’d like to see discussed to info@whatsgoodinsports.com. Lastly, be sure to subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on most podcasting platforms; Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio. Thank You, as always, for making our voice your choice!