The Chargers decommissioned Jason Verrett on Friday because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, an injury that could sideline the Pro Bowl cornerback for several weeks, beginning with Sunday's home opener against the Miami Dolphins at StubHub Center.
Los Angeles has the talent to put up points in this one, but the Dolphins counter with a solid defensive unit. Cutler was no bargain when up against the Chargers in his last years with Denver, but that was when coach Mike Shanahan was headed out the door at Mile High. He moves well in the pocket and has a big-time arm. If Cutler is sacked two or fewer times on Sunday, that would be considered a victory. And the Charges didn't exactly look like the '85 Bears when facing off against Trevor Siemian, so maybe don't talk trash.
Ideally, Ajayi runs well enough to make the Chargers play an eight-man front.
It's a bold statement from a defender who was a part of the 17th ranked defense last season. Chargers open three-game homestand.
Gase said players did a good job of checking in with the organization if they did not travel on the team charter and then getting to Los Angeles by Tuesday. Chargers QB Philip Rivers needs 209 yards passing to pass Vinny Testaverde (46,233) for 11th place in National Football League history. One of the only ways I see the Bolts winning on Sunday is if they're kept in the game by stupid mistakes.
They returned, some after long vehicle trips that began the previous day, late Tuesday for a walk-through practice. All night Rivers was throwing passes too early and he did not look comfortable in the pocket. The Dolphins gave up 382.6 yards and 23.8 points per game in 2016, including 140.4 rushing yards per game.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn does not agree. I remember him running around in Denver, keeping the ball. But Landry, who was the subject of trade rumors, has a long history of production, and he should be able to work the middle of the field where the Charger defense is most vulnerable. The latest ever opener for the Dolphins came in 1975 when they face the Buffalo Bills on September 22.