Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
If you have a stuck pickle jar, you can go ahead and give it to the Chargers defensive backs, because everything becomes open around them.
For the second week in a row, wide receivers were consistently wide open.
Shareece Wright could not cover DeSean Jackson at all. Jackson ended the night with nine catches for a game-high 193 yards. It should have been more, but Jackson stepped out of bounds on one play and Vick overthrew him (by about six inches) on another play. The former Long Beach Poly High star would have had long touchdowns on both of those plays.
Derrek Cox got beaten by Philadelphia’s Riley Cooper in the second quarter, but at least Cox was close enough to contest the catch. Most receptions on the day for the Eagles were unchallenged, or so it seemed.
Safeties Michael Gilchrist and Jahleel Addae were a step too slow with over-the-top help, especially on Jackson’s 61-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Addae did, however, make a nice open-field tackle on LeSean McCoy late in the second quarter. If Addae did not make that tackle, it is not out of the realm of possibility to think McCoy would score, but the drive ended in a missed field goal for Philly.
Eric Weddle was also noticeably quiet in the game. He was sent on blitzes but never produced pressure, and he failed to show up in the coverage. He did make a touchdown-saving tackle on McCoy in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles scored a touchdown on the next play.
In two games, opponents have gained 774 yards through the air against San Diego. Some of that is due to a weak pass rush by the defensive line, but some of that has to be on the secondary players. They had trouble with zone coverages, and they had trouble with man coverages in both games.