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Laughter from Josh Lambo riled some Chargers teammates

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The Chargers lost again last Sunday and, in keeping with the precedent set this season, they lost a game that was well within their reach in the fourth quarter in heartbreaking fashion.

A snap sailed through the hands of holder Drew Kaser, leaving the Raiders up 27-24 instead of giving kicker Josh Lambo a chance to tie the game. Many players, coaches and officials from the Chargers reacted to the development with anger and/or disgust.

Lambo was in a different place. He met up with Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski in the middle of the field and cameras caught him laughing in a post-game scene that didn’t sit well with some of his teammates. Coach Mike McCoy and special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman both spoke to Lambo about it on Monday.

“Everybody on your team is looking at you and looking at everything you do at all times,” McCoy said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “When a teammate sees you in a situation like this and you get caught, laughing it up, people take it differently. Everybody is different. Some players will look at it and say, ‘It’s not a big deal.’ Other players, it pisses you off. You were involved in a critical play in the game, and it wasn’t executed properly, and we lost. Just understand what it means. I think he’s handled it the right way, talking to his teammates, talking to different coaches on the staff, apologizing and what he’s learned from it.”

It’s hardly uncommon to see players from different teams greeting each other, chatting and laughing after games and any problems that players on the losing side may have with it rarely make their way into public conversation. No one made a fuss about quarterback Philip Rivers saying you had to laugh to keep from crying last week, although there are always exceptions.

The nature of the loss and the trajectory of this Chargers season may have helped these complaints find the light of day, where they have created a locker room issue for a team that has plenty of on-field ones to sort out.

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49 Responses to “Laughter from Josh Lambo riled some Chargers teammates”
  1. flexx91 says: Oct 11, 2016 7:52 AM

    It simply means his favorite team growing up was the Raiders….

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 11, 2016 7:57 AM

    This is just another indicator of how soft the Chargers are, no way he should be laughing.

  3. spilli says: Oct 11, 2016 7:59 AM

    Lighten up and maybe you won’t lose big leagues. The San Diego coaches are burnt.

  4. kneedragr says: Oct 11, 2016 8:01 AM

    The team isnt going to turn things around if all they can do is bicker over stuff like this. Some players need to look in the mirror and fix whats wrong with their game instead of complaining about stuff that happens after the game. I mean seriously, does anyone actually think the team would have a better chance to win next week if this guy had a scowl or frown walking off the field?

  5. polegojim says: Oct 11, 2016 8:03 AM

    Ridiculously overblown because of horrid results

    “Nobody smile or laugh while we’re so horrible”

    How about if those players who it ‘pissed off’… get ‘pissed off’ enough to play better football, rather than run at the kicker.

  6. shackdelrio says: Oct 11, 2016 8:05 AM

    San Antonio Chargers

  7. troy43mvp says: Oct 11, 2016 8:06 AM

    That’s a load of crap as this happens all of the time. I see players doing it all of the time. If they are mad at anything, they should be mad that they keep putting themselves in position to lose games in the 4th quarter. Man in the mirror.

  8. realityonetwo says: Oct 11, 2016 8:21 AM

    I see players, winners or losers, laughing it up with people they know from other teams after every game. Why is this any different?

  9. paastahtroy says: Oct 11, 2016 8:31 AM

    Sounds like he’s pretty well-adjusted… laughing after a game… it is a GAME people… SD sucks… keep laughing, and living life.

  10. margoadams says: Oct 11, 2016 8:33 AM

    Chargers have made the playoffs maybe once in the last 10 years and they want to blame their kicker for laughing post game? Losers look to place blame for their own failings. Another dumpster fire of an organization.

  11. dtroxallday says: Oct 11, 2016 8:35 AM

    Geez. It’s not like it was his fault he didn’t make the field goal. This is getting ridiculous. Now teams are telling players when they can and can’t laugh? And they’re treating us to prime-time games next week including Hou. vs Indy and the Jet/AZ then wonder why nobody watches anymore.

  12. zoxitic says: Oct 11, 2016 8:37 AM

    I see this every week after games. The losing side is often seen smiling and yucking it up with the opponents.

  13. PegulaBucks says: Oct 11, 2016 8:38 AM

    He cant laugh at the fact that his team manages to blow wins every week? At this point laughter is probably all they have left.

  14. smarterthanpft says: Oct 11, 2016 8:42 AM

    “You were involved in a critical play in the game, and it wasn’t executed properly, and we lost.”

    So it was his fault that the holder couldn’t do his job? God forbid if the guy smiles after a game in which went 1-1 and made his four XP’s.

    It wasn’t his fault that McCoy can’t coach and Melvin Gordon can’t hold onto the ball.

    Grow up Mike.

  15. bigbabies says: Oct 11, 2016 8:42 AM

    LMAO….he’s a kicker, not a player. He could do a song and dance routine and it still shouldn’t matter to the real team

  16. themediaisdumberthandirt says: Oct 11, 2016 8:49 AM

    Well within their reach? Really? First he would have had to make the kick, then they would have had to stop the Raiders offense. How many times did they do that on Sunday.

  17. mcn88 says: Oct 11, 2016 8:53 AM

    Is there a sweet spot of emotion after a loss? Get upset and throw stuff, your selfish. Laugh it off and you are insensitive. It’s just a game and he just kicks a ball

  18. stoptellingmeaboutyourfantasyteam says: Oct 11, 2016 8:57 AM

    Grow up, people.

  19. grndizzle says: Oct 11, 2016 8:58 AM

    He’s an easy scapegoat and not even the one who didn’t execute. The Chargers can point fingers at quite a few people for their failure to close out games, but I’d say McCoy is the who should get the brunt of it.

  20. wwwmattcom says: Oct 11, 2016 9:04 AM

    Leave the kicker alone. Whatever happened to having a short memory being a good thing? Why get in your kicker’s head when he didn’t do anything wrong?

    Dumb on so many levels.

  21. pamperpro says: Oct 11, 2016 9:05 AM

    Big deal. It’s just a game. Someone brought up the chargers trophy case and the natural reaction is to bust out in laughter.

  22. tacowrecker says: Oct 11, 2016 9:08 AM

    Lambo isn’t the one who screwed up. It was the holder (Kaser). McCoy is angry, but it’s his own fault, because he’s not a good Head Coach. The Chargers haven’t won a divisional game in 2+ years. McCoy needs to go, NOW

  23. I_Just_Like_Typing_Comments_That_Wont_Get_Published says: Oct 11, 2016 9:10 AM

    I’m actually fairly intrigued by this development. Mostly because we, as fans, take it way more seriously than the players. Whether that’s crazy or not is debatable. And that isn’t a knock on the players either. Its their profession. They need to be able to stay even whether its a loss or a win so that it doesn’t affect the next game.

    So we often see players after a loss chatting at mid field. We see them walk off, seemingly unaffected by the loss, and we get annoyed. We often say they don’t care, blah blah blah. You get the point.

    Personally I don’t think its a major issue. He was laughing after the game. Maybe Janikowski is a funny guy and said something hilarious? We don’t know. So I’m not concerned with it, good for him for not taking it way too seriously.

    But at the same time, its nice to see that there are players in the league that do take it seriously and they care very much, and this annoys them. So many players seem to be there for the paycheck and the outcome of the game doesn’t matter as long as they get that green direct deposited into their account. So its nice to see players care, but I don’t think this is anything to worry about

  24. ruffbufffire says: Oct 11, 2016 9:19 AM

    BIAS against kickers! Every single game some players on losing team are laughing and hamming it up. Why is this diffrent?

  25. oakraid says: Oct 11, 2016 9:21 AM

    Relax Coach Buttermaker, your Bad News Bears make everyone laugh.

  26. Getoffmylawn! says: Oct 11, 2016 9:24 AM

    What’s the problem? We were all laughing after that.

  27. bullcharger says: Oct 11, 2016 9:27 AM

    It’s only because he’s a kicker. If it was any other player no one would care.

  28. charliecharger says: Oct 11, 2016 9:28 AM

    It’s sad when the coaches start blaming the wrong guy. A bad snap and multiple fumbles have cost the Chargers a couple wins. Not the kicker. Smart special teams coaches have back up QBs or other more athletic guys holding for field goals. I never understand why a punter, unless he’s an exceptional athlete is used as the holder. When a punter botches a snap, I’m not surprised. It’s not as easy as it looks.

  29. trumb1mj says: Oct 11, 2016 9:33 AM

    Kickers are crazy and need to be different. I would have no problem with this. It probably means he doesn’t care when kicking big kicks which can only be a good thing.

  30. mauijim805 says: Oct 11, 2016 9:48 AM

    Lighten up gentlemen,you have been laughed at for years!

  31. devindenv says: Oct 11, 2016 9:49 AM

    Yeah, Lambo was not followoing the “midnight rule”. After midnight, he could laugh about it or forget about it. But, before midnight, he should be pissed off and crying – right Bolts? Geez. Find something productive to get pissed about. lambo did not cost that game.

  32. drakost says: Oct 11, 2016 9:50 AM

    Little homework for everyone: watch the Patriots when they lose a game. That’s how I want my team to feel.

  33. woodson28 says: Oct 11, 2016 10:03 AM

    Sorry, I get upset when my team loses, especially like that. It’s comforting when I see players that take it as hardly as I do, as opposed to yucking it up with the kicker from the other team.

  34. bighoser says: Oct 11, 2016 10:06 AM

    Don’t worry about it, Josh, cause we were all laughing too at how the Dolts keep finding different ways to lose!’
    – Raiders fans

  35. richc111 says: Oct 11, 2016 10:08 AM

    Laughing at mid field after every game happens win or lose. Been that way for years. I defy you to show me one game where that is not a losing team playing laughing and having fun with their buds. In the old days they hated each other. Not this NFL.

  36. jjackwagon says: Oct 11, 2016 10:11 AM

    Everyone else is laughing at the Chargers why shouldn’t he?
    Why isn’t the team mad about the bad news bears comment that Phyllis made?

  37. bassplucker says: Oct 11, 2016 10:18 AM

    Here’s the cold reality: the average NFL player takes the game far less seriously than the average NFL fan. It’s a big reason (among others) that a lot of folks I know are choosing to watch their football on Saturdays rather than Sundays.

  38. vanmorrissey says: Oct 11, 2016 10:21 AM

    So you have an inept defense that can’t hold a lead, fumbles from receivers and running backs, a head coach scared of his own shadow who runs a stuff play at 3rd and 1 AFTER a timeout, fumble and shank by the punter, who wouldn’t laugh? This is, in all reality, laughable. Everyone outside this organization is laughing at your ineptitude. And you choose to pay attention to your kicker after another loss? Get real, no wonder you are loser’s. Get a new coach, a new staff who will bring in a sense of urgency, someone who will lead rather than just X and O, someone with a back bone. But the Spanos want someone who their “search” team will find to fit their business model, i.e., CHEAP. Way to waste a really good QB’s career, nice job there.

  39. johnodocks says: Oct 11, 2016 10:36 AM

    Apparently part of the kicker’s job is to be the team whipping boy.

  40. raiderapologist says: Oct 11, 2016 10:37 AM

    Watching that Charger staffer throw his Charger hat in the garbage on the way out made me laugh.

  41. tonebones says: Oct 11, 2016 10:39 AM

    Melvin Gordon obviously worked hard in the off-season, and he’s looking at lot more like the guy the Chargers wanted in the first round last year. But he’s had two costly fumbles. Gordon is too good to put on the bench, but he needs to hold onto the ball when they’re trying to close out games. He shouldn’t sit back and watch his kicker get kicked by the coach. He should take some responsibility for this mess, and he probably has.

  42. I_Just_Like_Typing_Comments_That_Wont_Get_Published says: Oct 11, 2016 10:53 AM

    charliecharger says:
    Oct 11, 2016 9:28 AM
    It’s sad when the coaches start blaming the wrong guy. A bad snap and multiple fumbles have cost the Chargers a couple wins. Not the kicker. Smart special teams coaches have back up QBs or other more athletic guys holding for field goals. I never understand why a punter, unless he’s an exceptional athlete is used as the holder. When a punter botches a snap, I’m not surprised. It’s not as easy as it looks.

    Though I get your overall point, Bill Belichick has talked about this at length. He has always used the punter as the holder. And his reasoning is simple.

    In your scenario, you are saying that (since I’m talking about Belichick I’ll use the Patriots) that Julian Edelman or Danny Amendola should be holding for field goals. That is a solid concept, because who is most likely to catch the snap? The punter, or the guy paid to catch bullets from Tom Brady?

    However, Belichick’s reason is simple. If Edelman is over with the kicker and long snapper so that they can practice the snap/hold/kick, then that means he isn’t over with the offense working on timing/reps/game planning with Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels. Since the punter isn’t doing anything else, he is free to catch 100’s of snaps all day long and practice putting the ball down for the field goal.

  43. elitecomment says: Oct 11, 2016 10:59 AM

    Its like anything in life and after a disappointing loss, its the proper etiquette and way to handle yourself after the loss. It has nothing to do with “It” being just a game. What Lambo did isn’t just a bad perception, it makes him look like he doesn’t care and he is not accountable. Lambo is in his 2nd yr. and he has missed a few big field goals, its not like this guy was Vinateri who has made some critical FG to win a big game. Your always trying to get respect and part of that is being on the same level as your teammates. It gets away from the team aspect of the sport. The goal is to win, the goal is to be part of the team and you share your disappoints as the majority of your teammates who left it on the field. You don’t reach that level without having that edge.

  44. coachglove says: Oct 11, 2016 2:37 PM

    charliecharger says:
    Oct 11, 2016 9:28 AM
    It’s sad when the coaches start blaming the wrong guy. A bad snap and multiple fumbles have cost the Chargers a couple wins. Not the kicker. Smart special teams coaches have back up QBs or other more athletic guys holding for field goals. I never understand why a punter, unless he’s an exceptional athlete is used as the holder. When a punter botches a snap, I’m not surprised. It’s not as easy as it looks.

    I second what was said above…I want my backup QB over with the offense learning the weekly install and studying the mistakes of the QB1. Under the new CBA practice time is severely limited, so they can’t ask the backup QB to stay 5 hours after practice and work with the kicker anymore. The punter is adept at catching snaps from the LS and they usually have excellent hand/eye and hand/foot coordination. Many NFL punters are also experienced at throwing the ball 15-20 yards because they have to return the ball to the LS during practice – which gives them the arm strength to have the range to make short throws on fakes and botched snaps.

    In the case of the game Sunday, 1 – the ball looked super slick; 2) the punter is a rookie who had JUST had a 16 yard punt and was visibly upset with himself; and 3) both of the bad plays happened in the Black Hole end of the stadium, which can be very difficult for opposing players.

    Here is a case where McCoy is being a DB and deflecting after the loss. No reason for anyone on the team to publicly flog themselves after a loss – especially when the player in question did nothing wrong. Kickers and punters have a very tight community in the NFL. I don’t suppose he made any remarks about players stopping to hold hands with Raiders players to pray at the 50…if laughter is inappropriate after a loss, so is prayer with the other team…because apparently, the only thing that works for McCoy and said unnamed players is some combination of tears, pouting, yelling, and anger.

    As to why the Chargers lost…they lost because they got beat senseless. The Raiders defense mostly smacked them around, but then gave up big plays. The time of possession was approx. 40:00 to 20:00. If the Raiders had converted early opportunities into TD’s, the game would’ve been a blowout. The Charger defense was miserably tired. The game was not as close as the score…that isn’t on the kicker.

  45. idiedpretty says: Oct 11, 2016 5:39 PM

    Most Charger players have never cared about winning. It’s all about pay checks, what time is the game over, and when do the fish tacos and Coronas start flowing. Fact.

  46. mackcarrington says: Oct 11, 2016 5:46 PM

    This is another excuse for the whiners to stop watching football games: The losing players are laughing after the games!

  47. gofor2with3pointlead says: Oct 11, 2016 6:04 PM

    I’ll give one reason why Lambo shouldn’t have been laughing. The holder/punter was his teammate from college and that 16 yd shank along with the muffed hold should just about do it for his NFL career.

  48. dreemeagle says: Oct 11, 2016 8:52 PM

    this points directly to the idiocy of the Chargers management;

    did anyone ever think Sebastian was trying to cheer up a fellow kicker and happened to have succeeded?

  49. justbegbaby says: Oct 12, 2016 12:09 AM

    The ironic thing is, that the rest of America was also laughing at the Chargers fearless 4th quarter ineptitude.

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