Union-Tribune columnist Nick Canepa grades the Chargers after Sunday’s 38-10 loss to Jacksonville at SoFi Stadium.
Impossible to grade. Justin Herbert fought through a painful rib cartilage injury but obviously never found his comfort zone. Harassed often, he was uneven. He threw one straight near his own goal line that Sony Michel should have caught and was picked at the 5. He then fumbled it away when sacked. They became 10 points. He should have audited this class.
Running backs: C
It’s not teacher’s fault. Blame the principal. They have abandoned the run game. Austin Ekeler is an expensive wallflower. Sending him out of the backfield, once a staple, now is an afterthought.
Keenan Allen missed his second game with a sore hammy and was beyond sorely missed. Receivers had trouble separating and Herbert was getting hounded holding on to the ball. So Jax doubled Mike Williams, who did manage a score. Jaylen Guyton had a large 55-yard catch on a Herbert beauty and had his knee needlessly damaged (carted off) near the end (coaching injury).
Offensive Line: F
All-Pro center Corey Linsley (knee) called in sick, replaced by Will “Golf” Clapp. Rashawn Slater was called for a no-hold hold, and then damaged his shoulder in the third quarter (went to the locker room), replaced by Storm “Warning” Norton, who still can hold like a drunk on a subway. Huge blow, losing Slater.