The Chargers (2-8) have all but checked out on head coach Mike McCoy as they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6). The Jags look to stay on the winning trend, trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Here are my keys to victory.
1.) Contain Allen Robinson
The biggest threat on offense for the Jags is wide receiver Allen Robinson. Jason Verrett is going to have to bring his A-game to contain him and I mean like the game he had versus Alshon Jeffery, minus the injury. Robinson has recorded 100 yards receiving in two of his last three games and 90 yards or more in four of his last five. He is their clear No. 1 receiver and one that Bortles looks to more than anyone else.
2.) Pass the ball, Rivers
The Jaguars are ranked 25th in football against the pass and the Chargers rank 2nd in passing offense. The running game is nonexistent for San Diego, so don’t force it. Go right to your strength and air it out. Floyd was back at practice and you still have Stevie Johnson and Ladarius Green. On a lost season, let’s break that record for Rivers. He at least deserves that much.
3.) Play for a purpose
Play for a purpose and that’s the purpose of spoiler. If you don’t like your head coach, fine. But don’t go out there and play for a paycheck. Go out there with a purpose and don’t embarrass yourselves like you did last week. Make up for it by beating the Jaguars and pushing them off their playoff cliff.
Many of you have never heard of Derek Cox. A number of you that had heard of him called me crazy when I said that I wanted the Chargers to sign him. I made it clear that I hoped he would be a Charger prior to the announcement that the team was interested in signing him.
Well, he’s a Charger now. Cox is a solid man-coverage corner that is more than capable of making plays for the San Diego secondary. He is one of the better tackling corners in the league. In only 12 games played this past season, Cox amassed 60 tackles with 55 of them being solo stops.
After signing a four-year contract, it has become clear that Tom Telesco has a great deal of faith in Cox being a great addition to the squad. I am looking forward to seeing what other moves the team makes during the free-agency period.
Hopefully some help for Philip Rivers in either the blocking department or at running back will be in the team’s plans.
Here are the former Jags’ career statistics while he was in Jacksonville:
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