Chargers Fire Lofton

I’m confused by the firing of James Lofton — Wide Receivers coach of the Chargers. I’m confused because I just watched Vincent Jackson, first year starter, be a real force in the playoffs.

Vincent JacksonJackson’s regular season stats aren’t much to look at. I’ll give you that. But it was his first year starting, and it’s important to keep in mind that Phil Rivers has Antonio Gates to stare down on every passing play. Once Gates went down in the playoffs against the Titans, Jackson took over.

He had 300 yards and 2 touchdowns in three games. He consistently got open and made some tough catches.

Now, I can’t speak to the development of their 2007 1st round pick (#30), Craig Davis. But I’ll stick to my long-standing belief on rookie wide receivers — it’s pretty rare for them to make any kind of impact. Marques Colston made such a splash because guys don’t come along every year who can learn the playbook, develop a chemistry with the quarterback, start, and dominate from the get-go.

Ultimately, firing your wide receiver’s coach might not have a big impact on the team. But I find the circumstances pretty odd.

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