If based purely on statistics, the Tennessee Titans defense presents the toughest test for the Chargers’ offense to date. They rank 12th in total defense (323.0 ypg), 11th in passing (221.5 ypg) and 13th in points allowed (19.5).
“I think they play well defensively,” said Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. “In watching what they did against Pittsburgh, they essentially shut Pittsburgh down. They really played well against them. They fought last week against the Texans. They had to drive the ball at the end of the game, the Texans did, just to tie it up and get into overtime. Their front is playing well. They’re physical and they do a good job of pressuring the passer. That ties in with the back end. Those guys have confidence. We’re going to have to be good in our releases. We’re going to have to be good in getting those contested catches when they come up. We’ve got to make some plays.”
So how do the Chargers prepare for a tough test on the road for the second consecutive week?
According to the team, they must remain balanced. Luckily, Whisenhunt says balance on offense is one of many areas he’s been pleased with over the first two games.
This remains particularly true for how the running backs have been deployed early this season.
“I think we were pretty upfront about how we were going to play them,” Whisenhunt said on Thursday. “I had said how all the guys have done good things for us.
Another positive sign is that the balance Whisenhunt talks about isn’t just limited to the rushing attack. It has also been prevalent through the air as well, which he hopes carries over this week against Tennessee.
“I think we can mirror some of what we did in the last game,” he said. “We had a number of guys make contributions. Eddie (Royal) had three touchdowns and naturally that stands out, but
According to Head Coach Mike McCoy, it is unlikely Floyd plays this week as he recovers from a sprained neck. The Chargers depth will be tested, but according to Whisenhunt, he thinks guys like
“I think we know a little about (Ajirotutu) just because he has history here,” he said. “He did a nice job for us coming into training camp. He had to carry a lot of the burden against San Francisco in that last preseason game, because we were so thin at receiver and he did a nice job of it. Keenan answered the bell when Malcom went down in the game. Malcom goes down and Keenan makes a big catch on third down. It’s good to see him do that. With a young player, the challenge is to make sure you stress them to keep doing it.”