Chargers News: Patrick Mahomes’ Backup Previews Offensive Approach Against Bolts
The Chargers have an opportunity to end the season on a positive note.
When your Los Angeles Chargers take on the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend, they won’t be facing Pro Bowl quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Instead, LA will square up against his backup Blaine Gabbert, who will be making his first start since 2018.
Mahomes will be resting in this game with the playoffs coming next weekend. The Chiefs have already sealed up a postseason spot, so there is no reason for him to suit up.
However, with Gabbert in the mix, the Chiefs offense isn’t going to change. They will operate the same offensive attack, but the squad will also likely be without several weapons, reports Joe Reedy of The Associated Press.
“We run coach (Andy) Reid’s offense, and ultimately, that’s what we’re going to run. Every quarterback is different, every quarterback does things differently, certain things better than others et cetera, et cetera,” Gabbert said. “We’re just going to run our offense. Hopefully throw to the open person, run the ball well and score some points.”
The Chargers will be hoping to gain interim head coach Giff Smith his first win, so they will be fighting in this one. They would love to send him out with a victory, and it’s an opportunity for the team to conclude the year on a high note.
“The motivation to get ready for this game is not an issue. You have watched these previous two games, these players have come out and played hard. We simply have to find a way to go over the hump,” Smith said. “As far as anything personal goes, that’s kind of irrelevant to me right now. I want to do right by these people and the organization and go out there and beat Kansas City.”
It’s been a disappointing season for the Bolts all around, but they are hopeful about earning the win this weekend. They’ve looked a little better over the last couple of weeks, so maybe this is the time for it to really happen.