Visitors inquire our NFL football industry experts thoughts about the Rams, the Chargers and the league. Rams defeat author Gary Klein, Chargers beat writer Jeff Miller and NFL author Sam Farmer remedy:
Was it silly for the Chargers to engage in Justin Herbert right after he was hurt and in discomfort when the group was down 10 factors with only a couple minutes to engage in?
Steve Karges, San Diego
Miller: I asked coach Brandon Staley specifically about Herbert staying in the match final week in spite of staying in apparent distress. Mainly, I was thinking if the Chargers have been at all concerned about Herbert’s capability to shield himself. Staley pointed out the enjoy on which Herbert could have likely operate for a initially down but instead threw the ball absent as an case in point of him, in fact, defending himself. That he led them to a touchdown and then the Chargers approximately recovered the next onside kick indicates that, even at 10 factors, their deficit shouldn’t have been a deterrent in even now seeking to get.
Klein: With his team down by 10 details with only a several minutes to engage in, you can be absolutely sure that Herbert desired to play. It’s possible even demanded it. Quarterbacks are workforce leaders. They know that approximately each individual other player on an NFL group absorbs more physical punishment and plays in extra ache than they do. Profitable the activity is paramount. And for a quarterback, displaying teammates you will do almost everything achievable to make that transpire is the exact.
Can Matthew Stafford throw the deep ball with his elbow injuries?
Vernon Atwood, La Palma
Klein: Through teaching camp, Stafford threw passes more time than 50 yards with out a difficulty. He went by way of an arm servicing plan right before and following exercises and pronounced himself healthy and all set for the period. The truth that we haven’t noticed deep passes by way of two online games is not an elbow situation. At least not nevertheless. Receiver Van Jefferson, their deep-ball danger previous season, is sidelined though coming back from knee surgery. Tutu Atwell, a next-round choose in 2021, was intended to fill that job this year, but mentor Sean McVay has not shown that he trusts Atwell plenty of to give him those prospects. The Rams have trumpeted Allen Robinson as a receiver who can be successful at all concentrations, but they have yet to give him an evident longer-route possibility.
If 75% of all kickoffs do not get returned, then why bother? Why not just transfer the kickoff spot again 10 yards? Or penalize rather than reward kickers who just kick it by the stop zone?
Debra Steinberg, Corona del Mar
Farmer: When that resolution would absolutely persuade a lot more kick returns, the NFL isn’t seeking to do that. Some in the league think the kickoff should really be abolished solely. That play, whilst thrilling, is also disproportionately responsible for concussions and other important accidents. According to figures a short while ago produced by the NFL, there are far more major knee accidents on kickoffs and punts than on other offensive or defensive plays. The league states, for occasion, that approximately 30% of torn ACLs happen on exclusive teams performs, even even though those are about 17% of the plays in a match. So, significantly as purists may hate it, we are heading to see much less kick returns in the several years to arrive, not far more.
As a year-ticket holder for the “Bolts” the past two seasons, I have witnessed the team last but not least make great strides in attaining new fans in their new current market. SoFi is slowly starting to be a true house discipline for the Chargers. I’m curious to see your thoughts on this, if you guys concur.
Antonio Garcia, Long Beach front
Miller: I would not say the Chargers have knowledgeable a accurate residence-field gain however at SoFi Stadium. Indeed, the supporter base is certainly developing, thanks mostly, I feel, to Herbert. This weekend’s game versus Jacksonville should really element an evident pro-Chargers crowd. But any SoFi Stadium strengths so considerably have not been recognized.
Klein: My first Chargers regular-season household sport will be later on this period when they play the Rams. So I’ll be capable to provide a superior reply then. But I have been in sporting items and division outlets in the Southland. I see a ton of Rams goods. Not as a lot Chargers. Probably that is for the reason that the Rams received the Tremendous Bowl — and as the Rams beat author for the Instances, I’m more focused on the Rams. But as we have said in advance of, there are a good deal of transplants from throughout the state in the location and they even now really like the groups they grew up with. Or, in the scenario of Los Angeles soccer admirers deserted by the NFL for so very long, groups that they adopted. Buffalo Expenses followers were the latest to power the Rams to go to a silent depend at SoFi Stadium. So for the Rams or Chargers to build a genuine home-discipline gain is an ongoing challenge.
What took place to Troy Reeder? Did he even engage in in the Chargers-Raiders opener?
Hugh Terrell, San Diego
Miller: The Chargers signed Reeder largely to be a core special groups participant and chief, and which is what he has been by way of two video games. All 44 snaps he has played as a Charger have occur on specific teams. Unless there are accidents at inside of linebacker, I’d expect his contributions to proceed to be minimal to particular teams.