Derwin James earned the right to be upset over the Chargers’ flat play against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
James looked physically beaten with several ice bags across his upper body and over his left knee, but his spirits were uplifted as he spoke to reporters after his ugly defeat on Road 34-6.
James could be upset as the team leader and possibly the only player in the NFL to have more than five positions on the field. The star security Chargers have a heavy load and sometimes had to lug his team around, but he doesn’t care about one bad game against the Ravens.
“With a 4-2, we’re not mad at the world,” James said. “The world is not over yet. There is still a lot of football left. I feel that we have learned a lot from this game and will definitely become better. ”
James focused on recording them because the Chargers had done their job even before the week of goodbye came to a close. They emerged from their six games and started the season with a record-breaking 3-1 against the playoff teams last season, 2-0 at AFC West and remain at the top of the division’s standings. The Chargers defeated Washington (2-4), Kansas City (3-3), Las Vegas (4-2) and Cleveland (3-3) and lost to Dallas (5-1) and Baltimore (5-1).
It’s understandable why James didn’t get upset about the poor effort against the Ravens, especially when the schedule gets easier after the week of goodbye based on their opponents’ records. The Chargers’ next three games will play against New England (2-4), Philadelphia (2-4) and Minnesota (3-3).
“We lost to a good team today,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said of the Crows. “This is what happened today. Today they outplayed and outplayed us, but I know we played with six really good teams, we beat four really good teams and we lost to two really good teams, and that’s what I told our team. I think this is true.
“We need to learn from this because there is a lot to learn from this game. I think the goodbye has come at the right time for us to rest, come back and be ready to face a really good New England team. ”
James and Staley aren’t too worried about defeat, but what happened on Sunday was enough to spark emotion in the often unreadable Justin Herbert.
Herbert hit the sideline with a helmet after a bad shot to rookie receiver Josh Palmer in fourth and first position from the Chargers 19-yard line in the third quarter, according to the Chargers radio broadcast. It was Herbert’s worst performance since the Patriots defeated the Chargers 45-0 at SoFi Stadium last season.
It’s only natural that the Chargers’ next game will be against the Patriots at home after The Ravens made Herbert look ordinary on Sunday. Herbert can shake off the frustration and get back on track this season by taking revenge on the Patriots for last year’s awkward home lockout.
The Chargers’ attack will probably suit Herbert and his many playmakers, but their few weaknesses were discovered by the Ravens, who were able to pressure and take Herbert’s best weapon – the running back Austin Ekeler and the wide receptions of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. … Allen had two goals in the first quarter and didn’t see his third until the fourth quarter when the game got out of hand.
Herbert was forced to look elsewhere, such as targeting rookie Palmer on a decisive fourth loss. The Chargers need a third wide receiver because Palmer, Jalen Guyton and KJ Hill have struggled to start the season.
There won’t be many games where the opposing defense can hold back Allen, Williams and Ekeler, but it could happen again and it could hurt the Chargers when it comes to seeding the playoffs in the next stretch.
“We were just trying to find an open guy,” Herbert said. “You know, they did a good job doubling (Allen) and finding our matches. We must do our job better. I need to do better to continue reading these readings. ”
Herbert was only fired twice and hit four times, but he saw a lot of pressure from the Ravens, who were able to cover themselves well when Herbert burst out of his pocket.
The chargers will need to accommodate backup attack linemen Michael Schofield and Storm Norton patrolling the right side. They replace the injured Odaya Aboushi and Brian Bulag.
But the Chargers have bigger defensive and squad issues that need to be tackled during the rest of the week.
The Chargers’ defense cannot stop the run, and the possible return of injured starters Justin Jones, Kenneth Murray, Drew Tranquill and Nasir Adderley may not be enough to address the issue. They allow early defenders to gain extra yards from missed tackles, and they have poor performance with a forward seven.
Staley hasn’t given up on running defense for the past two weeks because Baltimore and Cleveland are two of the best attackers in the league, but they are also potential postseason rivals.
Staley also has a kicker problem with Tristan Vizcaino missing five extra tries this season. The Chargers’ special teams didn’t play as bad as last season, but they had a hard time coming back and covering up shots in 2021.
The chargers can probably make do with camouflaging their weaknesses against weaker opponents, but if they want to be true Super Bowl contenders, they’ll need to fix their problems within a week.
They are in a good place to earn a place in the playoffs, James said, but the horrific defeat showed the Chargers have some work to do before they can be considered serious contenders.