When a snap skittered off of holder Drew Kaser’s hands in the fourth quarter, it was clear that nothing had changed for the Chargers when it came to finding painful ways to lose games in 2016.
One change from previous weeks was in evidence earlier in the 34-31 loss to the Raiders. Defensive end Joey Bosa made his long-awaited debut for the team that drafted him with the third overall pick in April and showed some of the skills that made him such a high selection.
Bosa had two sacks, two quarterback hits and three tackles for losses to create exactly the kind of disruption that the team wanted to add to the defensive front. It’s the sort of thing that Chargers fans will likely take a shine to as well, although Bosa knows it will take a little time to get past any lingering ill will from his contract impasse with the team.
“It’s tough when you’re doing everything in your power to help the team, doing everything you can to perform at the highest level, and you can’t be out there,” Bosa said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Most of the fans — of course, there are some great fans who supported me — but walking out in my own stadium, people are booing me, people coming at me in negative ways. I just want support because I want [fans] to know I’m doing everything I possibly can to help this team win. I’m the last one out of the facility every single day. I know I missed a lot, and I have a lot to prove. It’s a bummer when you’re working as hard as you do and you still don’t have that support that you want. I’m just going to keep doing what I do, keep my head down, keep working hard. Hopefully, we start winning some games. I know we will.”
More performances like that from Bosa should help the effort to win a few games, although you’d be forgiven for thinking some sort of mystical power wants to be sure they keep losing in San Diego this season.