Chargers' First-Half Grades
By Andrew Burer
With the youngest and arguably the most inexperienced team in a decade, the San Diego Chargers have won and lost this season in spectacular fashion. This team is a few plays from being 8-0 and a few plays from being 0-8; instead the Chargers are 4-4. But how they’ve played the first half of the season is impressive considering the abundance of injuries. Here’s a position-by-position look at how the Chargers have performed so far.
Quarterbacks: A. Philip Rivers has returned to form in his first year under head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. The Chargers aren’t throwing deep as often as they have in previous years, but the up-tempo, short-route offense they’re running this year has suited Rivers well. He leads the NFL in completion percentage (72.2), is third in passer rating (106.5), and is fourth in touchdown passes (17). Additionally, Rivers has been given more freedom at the line of scrimmage to audible, which has helped him limit the negative plays and turnovers that hurt him in previous years.