Ray Fittipaldo’s Steelers report card against the Chargers: Matt Canada’s play-calling team fails once more


Ben Roethlisberger was cleared from COVID conventions on Saturday and began without rehearsing with the group during the week. He came out and tossed for 273 yards and three scores and wrapped up with a 103.6 quarterback rating. Yet, there was one play he’ll lament. He seriously underthrew Chase Claypool when he had two stages on a Chargers protector in the main quarter. Claypool was handled at the 5, and the Steelers turned it over on downs in the wake of acquiring three yards on four plays. It was a gigantic early energy swing for the Chargers.

Grade: B-

Running backs

This game was made for Najee Harris, yet he just got 12 surging endeavors and wrapped up with 39 yards. Against the NFL’s most noticeably terrible surge protection. He was assessed for a blackout in the final quarter however returned on the last drive. As usual, the Steelers didn’t get a lot of creation from Harris’ reinforcements. Benny Snell and Kalen Ballage consolidated for 10 yards on three conveys.

Grade: C


Diontae Johnson had 101 getting yards and Claypool added 93, yet the offense required a couple of additional plays from them, particularly in the red zone right off the bat in the game. The tight finishes made two or three major plays in the final quarter with Eric Ebron and Pat Freiermuth both scoring scores. The Steelers might have utilized more from James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud, who consolidated for four gets and just 24 yards.

Grade: B

Hostile line

The line let Roethlisberger down late when he was sacked twice in the last drive. He was sacked multiple times in the final quarter after the line kept him clean for the initial three. The Steelers need more out of the line in the running match-up. The Chargers entered the game toward the end in the association in run protection, and all the Steelers could oversee was 55 yards hurrying. That is pitiable.

Grade: D

Cautious line

On an excessive number of events, the guarded line and outside linebackers lost contain and permitted Justin Herbert to scramble for enormous additions. Herbert wrapped up with 90 yards on nine conveys, including a 36-yard scramble and two 18-yard scrambles. His 36-yard scramble set up the score that gave the Chargers a 34-20 lead. The Chargers ran for 159 yards, turning into the fifth rival in the beyond six games to scramble for 100 yards or more against the Steelers. Cam Heyward tipped a pass late that was blocked and Isaiah Buggs got entrance on the fourth-down stop late in the final quarter, however it was short of what was needed.

Grade: C-


The Chargers singled out Devin Bush in inclusion and he didn’t remain nearby. He surrendered a 10-yard score catch to running back Austin Ekeler one play after Alex Highsmith terminated Herbert. He likewise surrendered some huge gets in the final quarter. The Steelers drafted him to be a three-down linebacker, however he’s not playing like one after knee medical procedure finished his season a year ago.

Grade: D


Cam Sutton passed on Mike Williams to cover Keenan Allen and surrendered the 53-yard score that dominated the match for the Chargers. Sutton prior caught a miss that set the tying score. The Steelers were missing two starters with Minkah Fitzpatrick and Joe Haden out, and it showed. Herbert tossed for 382 yards and three scores and changed over twice on third-and-13. Include some missed handles by James Pierre and Terrell Edmunds on Ekeler’s 17-yard score get in the second from last quarter, and it was one appalling excursion for the cautious backs.

Grade: F

Unique groups

Miles Killebrew’s second obstructed dropkick of the period allowed the Steelers an opportunity in the final quarter. Shockingly for the Steelers, they likely might have utilized another in light of the fact that the safeguard couldn’t stop a nose drain. Chris Boswell kicked two more field objectives and was wonderful on additional focuses and McCloud had two opening shot returns for 63 yards. Can’t nail this one to the extraordinary groups.

Grade: B


Hostile organizer Matt Canada’s play calling keeps on confounding. He clearly gained nothing from his missteps from the Lions game when he called three straight pass plays after a first-and-objective circumstance at the 5. He had first-and-objective at the 5 in the second quarter on Sunday night and acquired just three yards on four plays. Najee Harris contacted the ball once in the grouping. The Chargers drove 98 yards and scored a score to make it 14-3. Then, at that point, with the score tied at 34, the Steelers got the ball at the Los Angeles 34 with 3:43 on the clock. He continued to call three back to back passing plays, and the Steelers made due with a field objective in the wake of requiring just 20 seconds off the clock. The Chargers then, at that point, scored a score on their next belonging to dominate the match. If at any point there was a chance to run the ball and get some much needed rest the clock this was it. The protection was discharging yards and enormous plays each and every night.

Grade: F

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