Austin Ekeler: It doesn’t matter some guys are down, we need more playmaking

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The Chargers played hard against the 49ers on Sunday night and led the game into the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t finish the job.

The 49ers scored nine points in the final eight minutes to secure a 22-16 win and it was hard not to wonder if things would have played out differently had the Chargers had more of their pieces on hand. Wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams were ruled out on Friday, right tackle Trey Pipkins was deactivated ahead of kickoff because of a knee injury, and tight end Gerald Everett got hurt during the game.

Running back Austin Ekeler acknowledged those absences after the game, but said that wasn’t a reason for the team to come up short.

“We got some of our guys who are down,” Ekeler said, via Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times. “I get it. That doesn’t matter. . . . No one really created today. We need more playmaking. We didn’t have that in the second half. We can’t just go out there and play hard. That doesn’t win in the NFL.”

The Chiefs are on tap in Week 11, so the Chargers will need to find that playmaking in a hurry if they want to avoid falling to 5-5 on the season.

4 responses to “Austin Ekeler: It doesn’t matter some guys are down, we need more playmaking

  1. You can’t really just make up for the losses of Rashawn Slater, Mike Williams and Keenan Allen.

    Next man up is just something people say. Its not the rallying cry fans think it is.

    You can’t replace all-pro talent mid season.

  2. That’s all we heard all night long from Collingsworth. The poor Chargers are down blah, blah, blah. Then their HC at his post presser laments wrongly that the 49ers were only missing Armstead. How about our starting cb, Moseley? How about our other starting DT, Javon Kinlaw? Good teams find a way to win and don’t make excuses.

  3. To the guy saying the Niners were missing a few guys, try this one. Here is who the Chargers did not have available:

    Keenan Allen
    Mike Williams
    Joey Bosa
    J.C. Jackson
    Rashawn Slater
    Trey Pipkins
    Gerald Everett (injured-did not return)
    Donald Parham
    Dustin Hopkins
    Joshua Kelley
    Christian Covington (lost for the season during the game)
    Austin Johnson
    Otito Ogbonnia (lost for the season during the game)
    Jalen Guyton
    Chris Rumph

    Top that walking M*A*S*H unit.

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