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Joey Bosa still absent as Chargers begin Phase Two

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When the Chargers opened Phase One of the offseason program, defensive end Joey Bosa didn’t show. Not many noticed.

Now that Phase Two has begun, Bosa’s absence has become more conspicuous. On Tuesday, first-year head coach Anthony Lynn commented on the situation.

“Ideally, yeah, you’d like everyone here,” Anthony Lynn said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We’re a team.”

So where’s Bosa?

“Your guess is as good as mine,” Lynn said. “Joey and I talked first day, and he’s training with his guy somewhere. Like I say, I’m only focused on the guys that are here and trying to build a team.”

The workouts are voluntary, and Lynn’s “you’d like everyone here” arguably tiptoes on the wrong side of the line that prohibits coaches from saying anything to suggest workouts are mandatory.

Last year, Bosa declined to participate in offseason workouts without a contract, and he held out through training camp to get the contractual terms he wanted. The lack of work didn’t hurt his performance; he was the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year.

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37 Responses to “Joey Bosa still absent as Chargers begin Phase Two”
  1. decapitateme says: Apr 18, 2017 7:42 PM

    Great news! Ahsum team mate, again.


    The AFC West

  2. juliusbrown says: Apr 18, 2017 7:53 PM

    With the poor management and ownership of the team and no plan to build a winning team soon, Bosa is just playing for his second contract and sending the message that the franchise tag is most unwelcome and that he isn’t afraid to hold out when it comes to that.

    Lynn is not the answer. He certainly wasn’t for Buffalo. Is pre-season work with him going to transform Bosa into a double-defensive rookie of the year? At this point the new coach and team need Bosa more than he needs them. Use the leverage when you have it because Los Diego has shown in the past that they will always do so.

  3. mcjon22 says: Apr 18, 2017 8:00 PM


  4. vicnocal says: Apr 18, 2017 8:01 PM

    Attendance at Phase 2 is voluntary. Unless it isn’t.

  5. JaminJake says: Apr 18, 2017 8:04 PM

    There shouldn’t have been a holdout, but that is 100% on Spanos. There is a rookie wage scale for a reason and Spanos tried to nickel and dime Bosa. Bosa showed he was worth being selected 3rd overall. He’s probably hoping they don’t pick up his 5th year option.

  6. rocoop says: Apr 18, 2017 8:09 PM

    Call me when training camp starts

  7. redeemerac says: Apr 18, 2017 8:13 PM

    I’ve thought this past season….that organization is going to be haunted by the way they treated him last year, demanding him sign a contract out of the norm from all the other top picks. Won’t be a bit surprised if he serves his time and is gone when his contract’s up.

  8. tonebones says: Apr 18, 2017 8:17 PM

    On a 53 man roster, the Chargers only have to worry about 52 of them. There is one guy they don’t need to worry about. His name is Joey Bosa. Looking ahead, they want to make sure he goes into Canton as a Charger.

  9. chargerdillon says: Apr 18, 2017 8:18 PM

    Joey Bosa is the one and only player on the Chargers roster that would likely be a starter for any other team.

    He’s literally it. Every other player on this team can be disposed of.

    If you’re Joey and can see this, why would you want to practice with a bunch of scrubs that wont make you better.

    Did he need preseason last year to easily be the best player on the team?

  10. purplepanteez says: Apr 18, 2017 8:22 PM

    While the LOS ANGELES Chargers might be a clown show, you can either be a part of the solution or a part of the problem.

    First year head coach in place… Might be nice to hear what he has to say… you know… to maybe get on the same page.

    Wishing that Joey will be a part of the solution, but guessing that he won’t.

  11. lingsun54 says: Apr 18, 2017 8:38 PM

    I don’t like the optional workouts that the teams consider mandatory.

  12. therealraider says: Apr 18, 2017 8:48 PM

    Cue the annual public shaming of players who don’t volunteer their services. What was it the Joker said.. “If you are good at something never do it for free.”

  13. absolutevisuals says: Apr 18, 2017 8:50 PM

    Sounds like Joey is going to bounce the moment his contract is up.

  14. thetruth75 says: Apr 18, 2017 8:52 PM

    Karma – really bites sometimes. I would show no loyalty to the Chargers – it’s a business and he’s a businessman. Chargers played their hand last year – no going back.

  15. z0inks says: Apr 18, 2017 9:04 PM

    Probably walking around inside Qualcomm. “Come on guys, it’s not funny. I’m not a rookie anymore. Where is everybody?”

  16. rocoop says: Apr 18, 2017 9:23 PM

    Same player, same clueless comments

  17. bobsacamano2 says: Apr 18, 2017 9:44 PM

    Maybe Bosa can learn more “training with his guy somewhere” than being with the chargers coaching staff.

    Eli Manning was called a diva when his dad said he wouldn’t play for the Chargers. Thirteen years later Eli has two rings and the Chargers have moved cities and are low balling rookies. Awesome.

  18. midnightcochise says: Apr 18, 2017 9:53 PM

    he is in San Diego, scratching his head saying where is everyone? Spanos forgot to include him in the email.

  19. sdboltfan says: Apr 18, 2017 9:59 PM

    LA Chargers.. can go to hell for all I care…

    signed fans of the San Diego Chargers…

  20. PFT loves the Steelers says: Apr 18, 2017 11:00 PM

    Diva player for a diva city.

  21. bigbenisabigbaby says: Apr 18, 2017 11:26 PM

    Loved Bosa as a Buckeye but he’s been a douche to SD.

  22. walleye436 says: Apr 18, 2017 11:41 PM

    The workouts are “voluntary”……everybody is making a big deal out of nothing….

  23. fakejerryjones says: Apr 18, 2017 11:49 PM

    What do Voluntary Mean!? – Darren Hambrick

  24. Uncle Al says: Apr 19, 2017 12:27 AM

    The Soccer Stadium Chargers are pathetic

  25. JaminJake says: Apr 19, 2017 12:37 AM

    Don’t forget Spanos caused LT, Rivers, and Merriman to hold out.

    York’s of the AFC is how they should be referred to. Caused a holdout with Rookie wage scale.

    I hate Eli, absolutely hate him, but his dad was right to steer his boy ShEli away from that dumpster fire.

    How do you hire Norv Freaking Turner as a head coach?

    As Chazz Michael Michael’s would say “it’s mind bottling”

  26. iikanji says: Apr 19, 2017 5:50 AM

    Hey as long as he keeps himself in good shape, and not do anything dumb headed … let the kid be!
    If Lynn isn’t happy, take it up with the players’ union. Bisa didn’t write those rules..

  27. campcouch says: Apr 19, 2017 8:24 AM

    It’s APRIL.

  28. 10kmp says: Apr 19, 2017 8:32 AM

    Joey Bosa, like all NFL players, is in a union. Now, they don’t call it a union, rather it’s call a ‘players association,’ but it’s a union nonetheless. When you’re in a union and your collectively bargained for contract defines specific team activities as “voluntary” then that means the activities are VOLUNTARY. Management, which Anthony Lynn is, always wants to trample over the contract. The bosses always believe a contract is a suggestion book. Bosa wreaked the league the last year, and barring injury he’ll most likely have an elite career, so the Chargers/Lynn can be as disappointed as they wanna be, but they’ll just have to respect Bosa’s decision. Joey Bosa holds all the cards… every last one of them.

  29. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Apr 19, 2017 9:05 AM

    joey is no one’s fool and will always remember the stuff coming from the front office last summer.

  30. nflhof says: Apr 19, 2017 9:15 AM

    I do what I want! Spanos Chargers are so pathetic

  31. r8rnuck says: Apr 19, 2017 9:21 AM

    not hard to “get”. optional means “my being here for you is a privilege not a right”. as others have mentioned, either its mandatory or its not so until then, sod off!

  32. jjackwagon says: Apr 19, 2017 9:28 AM

    Is it just me or does it feel like the Chargers are working overtime to unseat the Browns to take the Factory-of-Sadness crown?

  33. THX 138 says: Apr 19, 2017 9:32 AM

    No way he signs an extension, one down and 4 yrs to go.

  34. 6250claimer says: Apr 19, 2017 11:57 AM

    Maybe they could just trade him to a contender, then watch that team start a dynasty with him as one of the cornerstones. You know, like the Chargers did with Fred Dean to the 49ers back in the day.

    Different era, same old Chargers.

  35. buckyhamm says: Apr 19, 2017 7:43 PM

    He’s bust, undersized ! Where are all of those nfl experts errrr fans now.

  36. guessnot1 says: Apr 19, 2017 8:58 PM

    No surprise here, another Urban Meyer primadonna product.

  37. guyjuneguyjune says: Apr 20, 2017 8:17 PM

    Bosa played at Ohio State before 90,000 raging fans. Now he’s playing for Carson in a soccer stadium before 27k
    casual observers. He’s one along with Rivers and others team members who are unhappy with the dumb re-location by the Spanos/Fabriani mob. Sorry, NO HOME GAMES for two to three years at least.

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