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The offensive line was horrible.
The defense kept jumping offside and could not get a third-down stop.
And yet the team still somehow had a chance to send the game into overtime.
If this was indeed Ken Whisenhunt’s last game as San Diego’s offensive coordinator, he had a good year but really failed in this final game.
The offensive game plan was flawed, and it took too long to adjust to a scheme that worked.
It looked like San Diego wanted to control the time of possession, much like it did in the Week 15 win in Denver, but the Broncos were prepared for that. The Chargers coaches were not prepared to change that approach.
Also, the coaches shoulder the blame for the delay-of-game penalties and the early timeout on the first drive of the game.
With backs against the wall, the offense went into no-huddle, hurry-up mode, which worked. That approach should have been tried sooner, especially when it was apparent Ryan Mathews would not return, and the run game was ineffective.
At least one defensive coach should have told the players that “Omaha” was not the signal that the next word was the snap. On five different occasions from five different players, Chargers defenders jumped into the neutral zone right after Peyton called “Omaha.”