The Chargers’ secondary had a difficult start to the season, surrendering nearly 450 yards through the air in their matchup against the Miami Dolphins. This glaring weakness is a cause for concern as they prepare to face more formidable opponents in the coming weeks.
In their first game, the Chargers’ defensive backs struggled to contain the speed and skill of Miami’s wide receiver duo, Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill, who combined for nearly 300 receiving yards. Despite the Chargers’ efforts to make adjustments, their secondary remained vulnerable, especially with crucial matchups scheduled for weeks 2-5.
The Bolts’ defense faces an uphill battle as they prepare to defend against some of the NFL’s top pass catchers in their upcoming games. The lackluster performance in week 1 did little to inspire confidence among fans that the secondary would improve.
In their season opener, the Chargers allowed 36 points against the Miami offense, even though they managed to secure two takeaways. The inability to capitalize on these opportunities proved costly. One of the most concerning aspects of their performance was the failure to register a single sack against a depleted Miami offensive line, missing their star blocker Terron Armstead due to injury.
Despite the challenges posed by injuries and missed opportunities, the Dolphins exploited the Chargers’ defensive vulnerabilities, scoring three touchdowns through the air. Costly penalties also aided Miami’s progress down the field. The Chargers struggled to make stops on third and long situations, allowing Tua Tagovailoa, the former Crimson Tide star, to exploit their secondary, including J.C. Jackson and Michael Davis.
The absence of Derwin James, a key player in the Chargers’ defensive backfield, was evident in the game against Miami. The vulnerability of the secondary could be a significant obstacle for the Chargers this season, especially with multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl-level wide receivers on their upcoming schedule. If the Chargers’ cornerbacks fail to address their struggles, it could be a challenging season at SoFi Stadium.