I noticed that we don't have a full review of the game yesterday so I'll give my opinions below. They are in no particular order. 1) I thought Jay Cutler looked awesome yesterday given that he's only been back in football about a month. His throws were accurate, he evaded pressure well and he seemed really comfortable moving folks around when he saw opportunities or mismatches. His first deep pass to Parker was slightly low (should have been picked) but Parker went beast mode and took the ball out of the defender's hands....but that was the design of the play. One thing I noticed quickly is that Cutler will throw the ball before the receiver is open- we saw that on the short TD to Stills in the end zone. There was nobody open, Stills briefly glanced at Cutler while making a cut and Jay saw him look.....then threw the ball where Stills could run it down. Very smart play by a veteran QB. 2) Ajayi looks possibly more impressive than last season? I don't remember him having that dynamite spin move to fake defenders out of their shoes. The only way you tackle him is wrapping up the legs and now that he's spinning out of tackles, that's not even a viable option. The J Train will be rolling this season. 3) The offensive line also looked awesome- I only saw one sack and about four pressures. Then again, Cutler was quick to abandon the pocket and buy extra time so we looked good even when the blocking was sub-par on a couple of plays. 4) Landry looked like Landry EXCEPT when Parker got hit hard....Jarvis could have got an unsportsmanlike flag on that play for shoving and running his mouth. A few plays later though, he was engaged in a block with the same dude who lit up Parker, the defender hit him in the face and Landry started backpedaling away from the confrontation. He actually used his mouth and his intensity to draw a flag for the Dolphins instead of against us, and that shows a little more maturity than we're used to seeing. As usual, he played great and so did Stills, Parker, etc. 5) Quick comment about Grant...I was disappointed that he didn't get an opportunity on offense. He made me nervous catching punts on the run though and made several bad choices in my opinion. I get that he's faster than everyone and trying to make a lane for himself, but he was running 25-30 yards per punt and only advancing the ball a yard or two. On a few of the punts he lost yardage from where he initially caught the football. 6) Offense overall, I'd give a C+...mainly because of Gase. We dominated the game on offense and appeared capable of scoring on every single drive except for the 2nd one...that's when Grant caught the punt at the 5 instead of letting the ball go into the endzone. Gase called a very conservative game though and left a lot of opportunities on the field. At the end of both halves, we settled for a field goal by staying super-conservative and it was frustrating- we bet the entire game on a rookie making a 53 yard kick with a minute left. Because we didn't pick up an additional first down though, it allowed LA to march right back down the field. One more first down, we kick the ball 40-45 yards with a second left on the clock and it's an easy victory. Gase ALMOST blew this one and we were very lucky their kicker choked twice- especially when we could have scored at least 3 additional TD's with better play calling. Props to our young kicker though....he did fantastic under pressure. 7) On defense, let's start with Harris. I watched him a lot and I have to say that I was impressed. Although I don't think he had a sack, he was smoking the RT frequently and pressuring the QB often. He was a non-factor on run plays for the most part but the guy was competing. 8) The rest of the DL also looked sharp and LA's coach said at halftime that Suh was a beast that they weren't able to stop. Our DL/linebackers really stepped up against the run and had a great day. 9) Our secondary....or lack of secondary....was the big reason for concern. I didn't see a single pass challenged. Maxwell always appeared to be a step behind and I don't think we had a chance on a pick all day long. Part of that was a great QB but we looked woefully outmatched for most of the day. Reshad had a few nice hits, but then again he was never in position to be the ball-hawk that we normally know him for. 10) Special Teams also looked good on the day both in punt coverage and punts/kicks/field goals (except for Grant mentioned earlier...he was trying to do too much with too little). In summary, LA was really fired up to take that victory but we matched their tempo most of the afternoon. I understand that Gase was starting slow with Cutler and I respect that, but the game should not have been that close at any point in the day. The offense looked amazing across the board and I really believe that this team will score at will in the weeks ahead, but we were very lucky to squeak out of LA 1-0. Adam Gase set us up to lose by (1) having a rookie take a long field goal with a minute left and (2) giving the Chargers a minute to torch our weak secondary. One safe throw by Cutler on that last drive ends the game and wipes the two opportunities to lose, yet we ran up the middle on 1st and 2nd down when the other team was clearly waiting for it. The offense was the star of the day and that's who should have had possession of the ball in the final minute. Then again, it's hard to be too critical of Gase when we're 1-0. We know that he will watch film, be hard on himself and realize that he didn't give Cutler enough chances to make that a blowout. So overall, very good showing in week one- much better than what we did against Seattle a year ago. I am very happy that the offense started fast and looked to be in complete control.