The Los Angeles Chargers were close to reaching the playoffs in 2018. They finished 9-7 and lost four games by a field goal or less.
Figuring out how to win close games has to be an offseason priority for L.A.
“We felt like we were better than 9-7,” defensive tackle Brandon Mebane said, per Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com. “So we want to take our next step on actually improving, so we can close out those games that we felt like we should have won.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
It’s up to head coach Anthony Lynn and his staff to figure out how to do so in 2018. Will the team try to grind out the clock with Melvin Gordon when it’s ahead, or will it keep the pressure on with Philip Rivers’ throwing arm? Will the defense stay aggressive or try to bend but not break at the end of games?cheap nfl jerseys china nike
Fortunately, closing out games with the defense may be easier this season thanks to rookie first- and second-round picks Derwin James and Uchenna Nwosu. James is a playmaking safety, and Nwosu is a pass-rusher who could provide a late-game boost to the pass rush alongside Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.
If the Chargers do learn how to win close games consistently, other teams in the AFC need to watch out.cheap nfl nike jersey