Chargers getting frustrated as they find “every way you can possibly lose”

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The Chargers are 4-8 and out of playoff contention, but they can point to just a few plays in a few games and say this season could be much different.

In fact, all eight of the Chargers’ losses have been by seven points or less, meaning that for every loss they’ve had, they can say a missed opportunity to score a touchdown here, or a blown play that gave up a touchdown there, was the difference.

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler said after losing the Broncos on a last-second field goal that these losses are getting tiresome.

“It seems like we’re literally trying to figure out every way you can possibly lose a game,” he said, via the Los Angeles Times. “It’s just frustrating, for sure.”

Chargers safety Rayshawn Jenkins said he felt after that game against the Broncos like he’s felt after most games this season.

“This feels like maybe six of the other losses we’ve had,” Jenkins said. “This is another one we should have won.”

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon didn’t hide his frustration.

“We’re good enough to put these games away earlier, and every week we somehow fail to do so,” he said. “And, every time, it bites you in the butt in the end.”

That’s a fitting epitaph for the Chargers’ season.

59 responses to “Chargers getting frustrated as they find “every way you can possibly lose”

  1. I’m glad they lost that one. When you are 4-7, 4th down and inches, why play for the tie.
    When you think small you get what you deserve. By going for the first down on a high % play, at least you stand tall, whatever the outcome.

  2. Don’t worry guys, you play my Jags next week. My team looks like they’re all on drugs out there right now.

    The resistible meets the movable object.

  3. Football can be complicated, but also very simple. The team that gets the best play out of their QB generally wins. Phillip Rivers, this season hasn’t often been the better QB on the field, hence his team rarely wins. As youngsters like Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen improve, their teams and coaches look a lot better. It all boils down to the QB play. We can over-analyze these games all we want, but the team with the best QB usually wins. I don’t understand why some of these older QB’s reach a point where they’re untouchable, but they’re being selfish. Move aside and let someone else take over. We saw it with Eli Manning, and the Raiders are seeing it with Derek Carr. Basically, if the guy sucks, get him the heck off the field. I’m not sure why we treat these older QB’s like saints, but we tend to do that. If the guys are saints, they’d be the first ones to tell you the truth. They’re finished. They’re not saints. They’re just greedy. Some of the younger coaches don’t have the power to remove them. Some owners might be more concerned with selling tickets and jerseys. But the fans want winners. Put the best guys on the field. Phillip Rivers is done.

  4. It’s Philip Rivers play that is dragging down the offense in the second half of the season. The Spanos Family have been riding his arm for a decade. That is now over.

  5. The chargers have had quite a few seasons like this where they literally invent new ways to lose games all season long. This is not strange at all.

    Last year it was a total reversal. They won all the 1 score games and they easily could have been 6-10 if not for some very timely calls and luck. Just ask Philip. He said so himself

  6. Last year the bounces went their way, this year its gone the other. They’ve had many, many years of losing not just this year. Common denominator has been Spanos clan as they’ve hired inept coaches, GM’s, and have their sons involved in the business even though they are not true football people. Rivers has been bad but the root has been terrible drafting of O linemen. They’ve focused on skill positions and ignored the offense trench. Rivers is at a point he needs a strong O line to keep him upright and give him time to pick out someone rather than forcing it in there.

  7. Not that it would have made a difference but Denver got a gift at the end of regulation. Then again Chargers might have lost in overtime anyway.

  8. As others have remarked this is who the Chargers are. The unusual is when they win games like this, especially when they put a winning season together. They almost always look to have better talent than their record.

  9. Raiders-Chargers on December 22 will be intriguing if for no other reason that both teams seem determined to lose the remainder of their games. A compromise would be if they play to an overtime tie.

  10. Don’t forget the game they kept trying to give to the Bears over and over again and Trubustky wouldn’t have anything to do with it. i am pretty sure the Bears had 300 chances within 10 yards of the endzone and couldn’t capitalize.

  11. cincinnatikid13 says:
    December 2, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    My Bengals: You think you have lost every way possible, here, hold me beer and watch this.

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    Nah, they lose the same way every time. Just bad overall football.

  12. It’s the Marty curse. Chargers fired Schottenheimer after a 14-2 season bc they lost to NE in the playoffs. That loss was 100% the fault of a bonehead DB who intercepted TB to seal the win, but for no reason tried to run it back and fumbled. Ever since the unjustified Marty firing the Chargers have been cursed to lose at least six games a year in every possible crazy way.

    If you don’t believe in the Martyball Curse, consider the first NFL team to fire him was Cleveland, and back then they were good. And the last team to fire Marty was the Redskins. Cursed.

  13. There are way more stories about the Chargers like this one than there are positive stories. That tells you all you need to know about this dreary, hopeless franchise.

  14. As a Charger fan, I feel bad for the players, but Dean Spanos deserves everything that’s transpiring. No fan base in LA, can’t get real fans to a small soccer stadium, imagine next year, it’s going to be even more laughable. Every week the team plays in the road and it’s getting the to the players. Enjoy it Dean let’s see how long the owners support your great idea to move our team to LA.
    San Diego will take them back once you are forced to sell.

  15. Maybe you shoulda been with your team on the field instead of running on treadmills with your helmet on in your own virtual reality world Melvin… Smh. Out of all players on the team to be talkin bout the plight of the team…

  16. “It starts with the Ownership. Simple as that. This Family has driven this franchise into the ground. Just sell already. T.J. Simers nailed these guys.”
    _________________

    You could say the same thing about thing about the citizens of San Diego, who voted several times not to build a modern stadium.

    Never has there been so much whining by people who could have improved their own condition.

  17. cowboysusa says:
    December 2, 2019 at 10:42 pm
    Hi Charger fans… maybe you and us Cowboy fans should hang out and go on vacation together???

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    Cabo is nice.

  18. Its mind boggling, because year in and year out all the talking sports heads make the Chargers their sexy pick to go to the Superbowl. How many times have we heard “they have the most talented roster in the NFL”? Or this is the year that they take over the AFC West…..lol. So that would mean
    1: It has to be the coaching if they have that much talent.
    2: The talking sports heads dont know what they are talking about.
    3: Both of the above.

  19. Who wants to play for a team in California, New York or Minnesota? They have the highest state taxes in the US. If I was a free agent I would avoid those states like the plague. I would go to the teams in Florida, Texas, Nevada (2020 Raiders) and Washington state. They have no state tax.

  20. cardinealsfan20 says:
    December 3, 2019 at 6:13 am

    You could say the same thing about thing about the citizens of San Diego, who voted several times not to build a modern stadium.

    Never has there been so much whining by people who could have improved their own condition.
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    You clearly haven’t been paying attention. Spanos wanted the people of San Diego to foot the entire bill for a new stadium and downtown instead of where the old one sits. Qualcomm was a perfect spot to put a brand new stadium, but Spanos wanted it downtown where tailgaiting would go away. It cost him 500M to move the team to LA. If he would have used that money towards a new stadium along with taxpayer money to fund the rest in the spot where Qualcomm sits, everyone would be singing Spanos praises instead of cursing him. But hey, such is life.

  21. cardinealsfan20 says:
    December 3, 2019 at 6:13 am

    You could say the same thing about thing about the citizens of San Diego, who voted several times not to build a modern stadium.

    Never has there been so much whining by people who could have improved their own condition.

    —-

    Social media wants a piece of San Diego on the whining subject.

  22. Weak coach, weak coaching staff, don’t really have a professional in the position of OC as apparent when they go empty backfield on third and fourth and short situations.

    Only blame to Rivers is that he commutes so far daily for practice, this should have been unacceptable and resolved higher up. Other than that he does what he can considering this is really a team with NO OC, thus they have become a much easier team to defend against over the course of every game.

    Not an accident, not bad luck, that this team badly underachieves.

  23. You clearly haven’t been paying attention. Spanos wanted the people of San Diego to foot the entire bill for a new stadium and downtown instead of where the old one sits. Qualcomm was a perfect spot to put a brand new stadium, but Spanos wanted it downtown where tailgaiting would go away. It cost him 500M to move the team to LA. If he would have used that money towards a new stadium along with taxpayer money to fund the rest in the spot where Qualcomm sits….”

    None of that has anything to do with the opportunity to vote for building a new stadium. If San Diego citizens valued having the Chargers, they could have voted to fund the entire stadium. Instead, they voted down multiple funding proposals. That shows how much the citizens actually valued having the Chargers.

  24. Face it, in the NFL, more teams find ways to lose than find ways to win. The mark of a good team is that it finds ways to win games in which it did not play particularly well (see New ENgland over the past 5 years). On the other hand, when a team consistently “finds ways to lose”, THAT is a sign of a not very good (or, dare I say, “bad”) team. For every game that the Chargers have found a way to lose this years, I can point out multiple ways that their opponent found to win that game. Similarly, those teams that have beaten the Chargers this year, like Denver this past Sunday, OVERCAME their own issues in the game to win. This is not just the Chargers “having bad luck”, it is that the Chargers are NOT A GOOD TEAM.

  25. “Who wants to play for a team in California, New York or Minnesota? They have the highest state taxes in the US. If I was a free agent I would avoid those states like the plague. I would go to the teams in Florida, Texas, Nevada (2020 Raiders) and Washington state. They have no state tax.”
    __________

    State taxes make up a very small component of overall quality of life. California, New York, and Minnesota have many amenities that appeal to wealthy young people. In contrast, Florida and Texas are two of the most intolerant, regressive states. Lifestyle is much more important than state tax levels.

  26. This is the Chargers MO and it goes back a ways and transcends coaches. They usually start out 1-5 and then go on a rampage to either qualify for the postseason or just miss. Last year we witnessed an illustration of their true potential, going so far as to defeat the Chiefs in Arrowhead and lose the division on a tiebreaker. But they had a head of steam rolling into the playoffs and took it to the Ravens in Baltimore. Then they ran into the Patriots.

  27. Last year was our best chance to see an all Los Angeles SB. If it weren’t for the Patriots, we might have very well seen a Chargers-Rams marquee. Roger G and the league office, after spending years struggling to get any team in L.A. nearly had two locker in battle for the biggest prize. E gads.

  28. cardinealsfan20 says:
    December 3, 2019 at 11:55 am

    _________

    State taxes make up a very small component of overall quality of life. California, New York, and Minnesota have many amenities that appeal to wealthy young people. In contrast, Florida and Texas are two of the most intolerant, regressive states. Lifestyle is much more important than state tax levels.

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    Tell that to all the people leaving California, Minnesota and New York for Texas and Florida.

  29. killerkowal says:
    December 3, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    cardinealsfan20 says:
    December 3, 2019 at 11:55 am

    _________

    State taxes make up a very small component of overall quality of life. California, New York, and Minnesota have many amenities that appeal to wealthy young people. In contrast, Florida and Texas are two of the most intolerant, regressive states. Lifestyle is much more important than state tax levels.

    —————————————————————————

    Tell that to all the people leaving California, Minnesota and New York for Texas and Florida.
    _______________________________________________

    Ahmen. And then getting here and telling us how much better they did everything, and how much better it was, back where they came from. And yet, here they are…

  30. “Tell that to all the people leaving California, Minnesota and New York for Texas and Florida.”
    ____________

    A total myth. Check out the official census projections since 2010.

  31. tedbundysson says:
    December 3, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    killerkowal says:
    December 3, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    cardinealsfan20 says:
    December 3, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Ahmen. And then getting here and telling us how much better they did everything, and how much better it was, back where they came from. And yet, here they are…

    California, 1/3 of the people on welfare. Minnesota has the largest Somalian population in the US and New York spends the most per person on welfare. The so called future of America.

  32. “Ahmen. And then getting here and telling us how much better they did everything, and how much better it was, back where they came from. And yet, here they are…”
    __________

    It is doubtful that you have ever spoken with anyone from California or New York. No one from a metropolitan area is moving to where you live. Progressive, intelligent people want surroundings that offer a variety of activities and do not discriminate against anyone.

  33. cardinealsfan20 says:
    December 3, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    It is doubtful that you have ever spoken with anyone from California or New York. No one from a metropolitan area is moving to where you live. Progressive, intelligent people want surroundings that offer a variety of activities and do not discriminate against anyone.

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    Half of Mexico lives In California and I have lived in South Florida. Half of the people from New York City lives from Palm Beach to Miami. They are some of the rudest people I ever met.

  34. “California, 1/3 of the people on welfare. Minnesota has the largest Somalian population in the US and New York spends the most per person on welfare. The so called future of America.”
    ___________

    Your xenophobia regarding Somalis and unwillingness to help the less fortunate explain exactly why well-to-do, progressive young people do not want to live with your kind. The future of the US is tolerance for all and generosity towards those in need.

  35. “Half of Mexico lives In California and I have lived in South Florida. Half of the people from New York City lives from Palm Beach to Miami. They are some of the rudest people I ever met.”
    ________________

    People using correct grammar and speaking in complete sentences are not being rude.

  36. We had arts and music way before all the East and West coast people ever arrived. Just with less expense and traffic and other headaches that your idea of progressive and intellectual brings.

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