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Rich Gannon Outlines Chargers' Path to Victory
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Former league MVP Rich Gannon will be on the call for CBS when the Los Angeles Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Here is what Gannon wants to see out of the Bolts in the pivotal AFC West clash:
“There are a few things the Chargers need to do to get the win. Defensively, they need to identify personnel, substitutions and formations. The Chiefs do a lot of misdirection. They come at you in a lot of different ways. And then tackling. The Chiefs are second in yards after catch. A six yard catch turns into a 40 yard play if you don’t tackle Tyreek Hill. So that’s the big thing. The Chargers have missed about 21 tackles the first two games, so that has to be cleaned up. And when you tackle, that eliminates the explosive plays. And then one last thing on defense, I think Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa have a chance against the Chiefs’ two tackles, Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. That’s a matchup the Chargers have to win. If they can be disruptive on the edges, and keep Alex Smith in the pocket, well then you have a chance.
Now on the other side of the ball, protection is critical. The Chiefs like to blitz and they like to play man-to-man. When you play against man-to-man coverage, there can be big plays. But you have to win against it on the one-on-one routes. So guys have to create protection for Philip and win the one-on-ones on the outside. And then not just this week, but moving forward, I think the Chargers have one of the best running backs in the league in Melvin Gordon. But you rank 30th in rushing right now. That number has to change. I know you have Philip Rivers. I know he is a Hall of Famer. But you’ve got a running back who is really capable, so you need the balance. There has to be some production in the run game."