Chargers need to ‘eliminate the stupid’, per Anthony Lynn
A scoreless first quarter proved to be costly for the Los Angeles Chargers in their Week 3 encounter against the Carolina Panthers. However, their costly turnovers turned out to be the bigger story in the 21-16 loss which dropped them to a 1-2 record to start the season.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn sounded off on his team’s turnover-filled performance on Sunday:
“You cannot win in this league when you turn the ball over three times,” he said. “And that’s on me. I gotta do a better job, coaches gotta do a better job putting this team in position to win and eliminating the stupid and the turnovers.”
The same problem has been haunting the Bolts since last season when they tied for worst in the league with a minus-17 differential — their 14 takeaways were the fewest in the league, while their 31 giveaways were the fourth highest in the NFL.
Fast forward to the 2020 season, the Chargers currently tallied two takeaways along with five giveaways which accounts for a minus-3 differential in their first three games of the season.
Having a rookie play under center also didn’t help the team’s cause when quarterback Justin Herbert threw an interception to Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson, who returned it 66 yards to the Chargers’ 8-yard line late in the second quarter which resulted in a field goal to end the first half of the game.
Another turnover in crunch time which involved wideout Keenan Allen and running back Austin Ekeler who couldn’t handle the rock ultimately spelled doom for the Chargers en route to their second loss of the season.
Indeed, Lynn, Herbert, and the rest of the Chargers will have to eliminate the stupid and do better if they want to score a win in their next game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.