Brandon Flowers: Last year was unacceptable

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The Chargers signed cornerback Brandon Flowers to a four-year deal before last season in hopes of improving the back end of their defense.

Like just about everything else in San Diego last year, things didn’t go according to plan. Flowers showed up to offseason work out of shape, dealt with a knee injury during the season and struggled to play up to expectations overall. Flowers said his year started off on the wrong foot and “just kept on going downhill,” in part because he “wasn’t all there mentally.”

Flowers spent the early part of the offseason training with the same trainer who helped linebacker Melvin Ingram get into better shape last year and has dropped 10-12 pounds from where he was at this point last year. Flower vows that it’s the first part of a turnaround this season.

“It was a horrible year,” Flowers said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “It is what it is. I’m not a sensitive guy when it comes to what happens on the field. To me, last year was unacceptable. But I had to get it out of my head. I knew what kind of place I was in last year, and I just can’t go back to where I was. It’s erased.”

The Chargers brought in Casey Hayward as a free agent to go with Jason Verrett and Flowers at corner in what could be a good group if Flowers can turn his game around. If not, they’ll have to go elsewhere to find the kind of cornerback play they thought they were getting with Flowers.