ESPN NFL Analyst Jon Gruden joined Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on the radio this morning, previewing the upcoming Monday Night contest between the San Diego Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts. Gruden will join Mike Tirico as part of ESPN’s "Monday Night Football" TV crew in San Diego.
Gruden didn’t mince words when discussing the Chargers, saying the team’s lack of a running game, injuries to the offensive line and lack of a pass rush are tough to overcome. You can listen to the interview here.
Gruden: “Certainly, Philip Rivers statistically has been excellent. But last week they turned the ball over repeatedly against the Raiders, and we just talked about turnovers with Geno Smith. When you’re throwing three interceptions and you fumble twice, you’re going to lose. The Chargers have no running game. This offensive line continues to suffer critical injuries. They were missing their left tackle and left guard last week. When you can’t run the ball, you lose the sting of the play-action pass. And certainly you can’t control the clock, and I think that’s an issue with this Chargers’ team. They’ve got no pass rushers [Melvin] Ingram, their former first round pick from South Carolina is out. They lost Dwight Freeney -- he’s out. They don’t have a marquee pass rusher, and I think it exposes them a bit in the back end. They’re in trouble I believe.”