SAN DIEGO - Each week after the Chargers play, I plan to use this blog space to look at three things about the team...a question that was answered, a question that was left unresolved, and a new question that was created during the course of the game. Here's the Chargers vs. Titans edition:
QUESTION ANSWERED: Can the Chargers survive a cluster of injuries on either side of the ball? We thought we knew the answer to this one in training camp, and unfortunately, we were right. A defense that was already struggling this season looked completely lost at the end of the game, with half of their projected starters standing on the sideline. On offense, the Chargers were down to a makeshift line for the final series, damaging their chances of a clock-killing drive. The Chargers need to get healthy and stay healthy, otherwise it will quickly be time to look ahead to 2014.
QUESTION UNRESOLVED: What kind of a coach is Mike McCoy? He certainly looks like a prototypical head coach on the sideline. Serious, calm, in control. He even made some aggressive decisions on 4th down in the first two games of the season. Yesterday, though, McCoy and the Chargers didn't play to win--they played not to lose in the 4th quarter--and it came back to bite them in the end. Fortune favors the bold in the NFL, but calling for a run on 3rd and 9 with a chance to ice the game is far from bold. Too many coaches make decisions as though one big mistake will cost them their job. Can you name a coach who was fired for being too aggressive? I don't think so. He's just three games into his career, but I still don't have a clue what kind of coach Mike McCoy is going to be on Sundays.
QUESTION CREATED: What happened to Corey Liuget? The defensive end had a breakout year in 2012, and seemed primed for a run at the Pro Bowl in this, his 3rd season. But the defensive end has been a non-factor in the first 3 games, which is a big reason why the Chargers have gone from a top-10 defense in the NFL last season to one of the worst in the league in 2013. Is the shoulder injury Liuget suffered during training camp on August 15 still bothering him? Are opposing offenses doing a better job of game-planning for Liuget and neutralizing him on the field? We'll be keeping a close eye on #94 in the coming weeks.