This has been a long campaign, and I’m sure we all want to put aside stadium talk for a while and focus on the rest of the Chargers’ season. Our team, with its mix of veteran leaders and young stars, has played some of the most exciting football in the NFL so far, and I can’t wait to see how we do throughout the rest of the season. Our players have shown great heart and resilience in the NFL’s toughest division. I’m eager — as I’m sure you all are — to give the stadium debate a rest and enjoy some Chargers football.
So I’m going to put aside any discussion of our possible next steps until after the season, to allow everyone to focus on football and to give my family and me time to think carefully about what is best for the future of our franchise. Over the coming weeks you may hear news about steps that we must take to preserve all of our options. But please know that I don’t intend to make any decisions until after the regular season ends and that, in the meantime, I hope to enjoy with you one great Chargers game after another.
The Chargers smartly have not rushed Bosa onto the field. An aggravation of the hamstring could cost the pass rusher even more time. (We’ll note here that Odell Beckham Jr. missed the first four games of his rookie season due to a hamstring injury before bursting onto the scene.)
San Diego could use Bosa’s playmaking alongside stud Melvin Ingram in the defensive front. The Chargers boast a stingy corner trio of Jason Verrett, Brandon Flowers and wholesale nfl jerseys and Casey Hayward, but could use depth up front to help get after the quarterback. San Diego has compiled five sacks and given up an average of 400.5 yards of offense (T-23rd in NFL) in the first two weeks.
Sunday’s loss pushed the Chargers to 1-3 for the season. In the past two years, San Diego is 3-12 in games decided by eight points or fewer. In a league in which most teams hover around the .500 mark in toss-up games, McCoy’s 20 percent win-rate in such contests protrudes in the negative.
Coaches get fired for losses like Sunday. McCoy entered the season on the hot seat. That calescent chair is now scorching.
“(We) did a nice job and didn’t give up a lot of big plays,” said Chargers coach Mike McCoy. “There weren’t as many big plays as last week … This game is about an opportunity. From week to week in the preseason you get an opportunity and (you) play. So I’m happy.”
Looking past the Tennessee implosion, the Chargers have reasons for optimism on defense. Making the Leap candidate Denzel Perryman is an old-school-style linebacker who specializes in silencing running backs, while fellow ‘backer Melvin Ingram and end Corey Liuget round out an up-and-coming front seven.
After just two carries for minus-5 yards against the Steelers, Eagles running back Ryan Mathews sat in favor of Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner. Rapoport reported Mathews’ ankle “stiffened,” which caused the Eagles to keep him on the sideline for most of the afternoon. Coach Doug Pederson confirmed Mathews’ ankle issue Monday, adding Mathews is the No. 1 back when healthy.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed on 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday morning that Russell Wilson has an MCL sprain, but told reporters later that he expects the quarterback to practice Wednesday and play Sunday. “We feel like he’s going to be fine,” Carroll said.
Although Jones paced an injury-ravaged Green Bay wide receiver corps last season, he has now been released by the Chargers, Giants and Raiders in the past 16 months. Back in March, the Packers informed Jones that they would rather go forward with ascending receivers such as Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis.