1. What the heck happened to San Diego this year? That's a pretty steep cliff y'all fell off of. Is it as simple as just injuries?
No, no. Injuries are a part of it, but just a small part. The coaching has been horrific, in all three phases. The team has 100% quit on head coach Mike McCoy, which probably started when he threw Eric Weddle under the bus in mini camp and then the guys in the locker room voted Weddle team captain. If you want another reason, you can add in that the roster is a bit top-heavy and that the GM focused on signing and drafting playmakers (LBs, RBs, WRs) and had little regard for the offensive or defensive lines.
The prospect of this being the team's last season in San Diego looms large as well, which has hurt the fervor of the fanbase and made most home games feel like road games, but I'm not sure anything would be any different if the Chargers fans were actually showing up for the home games.
2. What's the greatest deficiency on the Chargers offense? How should an opposing defensive coordinator game plan against it?
The running game is terrible. Really, really terrible. The pass protection is hit-or-miss, and Philip Rivers can still find ways to (usually) have good games against just about any secondary. I would probably drop a ton of guys into coverage and know that three or four rushers is probably plenty to stop the running attack and force third-and-long situations.
3. Do fans in San Diego think Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson are legitimate receiving threats? Are they worried about the Jaguars offense at all?
Depends on who you ask. Some Chargers fans are really stupid and probably couldn't tell you who Allen Hurns or Allen Robinson. The smart ones, that ones that watch the rest of the league and understand that the Chargers don't exist in a vacuum, understand that Hurns and Robinson are one of the league's up-and-coming WR tandems and that the Jaguars have a strong passing attack with them, Julius Thomas, and Blake Bortles.
That being said, I'm not sure "worried" is the right word. At the point, Hurns and Robinson could literally be guys picked out of the crowd and thrown into helmets and the Chargers' LBs and CBs would still find ways to get torched several times a game. It's more akin to acceptance that the Jaguars offense will put up a ton of yards, and a ton of points, and that's just fine because we're in the draft pick game these days.
4. Is there a Jaguars player on either side of the ball that you say, "If the Chargers don't stop him, we're in trouble"?
T.J. Yeldon. The Chargers' run defense has been very inconsistent this season. For the most part, they tend to do well in the first half and get absolutely destroyed in the second half. I guess, in that regard, they actually are consistent.
If Yeldon gets loose and gets 100 yards on the ground, the Chargers don't stand a chance of winning in this one. Then again, at this point a win could only work to hurt this franchise more, so... sure. Get loose, T.J.
5. What's your prediction for Sunday? Who's coming out of this one the winner?
Jaguars in a landslide, but I've watched enough of them to know that they'll probably find a way to come really close to blowing the game at the end.
Jacksonville is healthier, better coached (yes, really!), home, playing in a time slot they're familiar with, and actually have something to play for. The Chargers players know that they're out of the playoffs, they hate the coaches (seriously, keep an eye on Philip Rivers' body language and gestures towards the sidelines, they're a new thing), they're not healthy and they're 0-4 on the road. If San Diego wins this one, it'll be borderline disastrous (for both teams).