Chargers Players Surprise Hospital Patient

Here’s a round-up of some news stories from around the league about the Chargers. Some are inspirational, some are about stats.

San Diego Tribune

The-40-year-old wife and mother of five developed a severe sepsis infection while visiting family in Mexico. She fell ill and unfortunately went into septic shock, which landed her in the hospital.

Chargers Blog

Despite suffering a heartbreaking loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons’ focus is solely on the San Diego Chargers.

Among players they are impressed by on the Chargers roster, Head Coach Dan Quinn made a point to single out the team’s rookie class.

San Diego Tribune

Brown, a fifth-round pick on the third day of the NFL Draft in April, has brought a first-day return this season. He is athletic. He is instinctive. And maybe above all, he has the want-to, a love for football that derives from an older brother who passed away when Brown was 9.

CBS Sports

We’re gonna stay warm with a couple of dogs and one huge favorite, including a Tennessee team we’ve been riding and a San Diego team that’s been strong against the spread (4-2, although their opponent is 5-1).


Young defensive players like Melvin Ingram and Corey Liuget got an up-close look at how Freeney meticulously prepared and took care of his body during an NFL season, including his use of a hyperbaric chamber at home to help aid in his recovery from the physical toll of games and practices.


Chris Watt Becoming An Issue?

Chris Watt had offseason surgery and was unable to practice during the summer. The team did not place him on IR but instead elected to have him begin the season on the PUP list. Watt is now eligible to begin practicing this week if he is ready. He has a 5 week window to start practicing and once he does start practicing, the team has a 21 day window to activate him onto the 53 man roster. If either of those deadlines are missed, Watt will then remain on the PUP for the rest of the season.

The interesting question, assuming that Watt will be ready to play again this season, now becomes, what should the team do with him?

Despite a couple of the interior starters being banged up earlier in the year, Orlando Franklin, D.J. Fluker, and Matt Slauson all played every offensive snap this week. The team seems to love Kenny Wiggins, who even got a couple snaps at RT this week, and UDFA Spencer Pulley. 3rd round pick Max Tuerk has been inactive every week this season. So what do they do with Watt?

Tyreek Burwell seems like he could be the odd man out here since the team even elected to throw Wiggins in at T for a few snaps this week over Burwell. Watt also hasn’t really lived up to his draft position in his career so far either but I don’t see Tom Telesco taking the L and releasing him.

Needless to say, the Chargers have a somewhat tough decision over the next few weeks as to what to do with Chris Watt.

Joey Bosa: Who We All Expected Him to Be

Joey Bosa. That’s becoming a household name now, especially among Chargers and Broncos houses. Last night we all saw what he is truly capable of. Not just us as Charger fans, but nationwide – hell, even worldwide.

He played 55-of-77 snaps last night and he made sure he was noticed. One QB hit, 5 QB hurries and a stop. When he wasn’t the one getting to Sieman, he made the opportunity open to his teammates. Melvin Ingram found himself behind the Broncos line a few times and so did the outstanding rookie pass-rushing linebacker Jatavis Brown.

Last week against the Oakland Raiders, he didn’t make life any easier for Derek Carr. Resulting in two sacks, a hurry and four hurries. All in only 27 snaps. This being against a vetern-heavy offensive line.

His name was a hot commodity there for a bit, not in a good way. Contract talks between the agent, him and the team. Made people begin hating him for what he had no control over. Then once he was finally given the clear to play, he had injured his hamstring; which didn’t make it any better for the fans. Again, you have people questioning whether his heart is actually in it. If he actually wants to play or just get all that guaranteed money he and his agent fought for. Boy, those people sure are eating those words now.

Yes, the team is 2-4. Yes, there’s an IR list growing at a very exponential rate. Yes, McCoy may have saved his job after this win in Denver. But there is always a bright side. That bright side is that you have these rookies to look forward to. All they’re doing now is getting practice; practice they can apply to next year. Think of it this way. If Joey Bosa plays out the season and just keeps getting better, picture him coming onto the field after his all-star offense loaded with weapons just marches down field and scores. He’s hyped and so are you.

It can only get better from here. Just remember the name; Joey Bosa.

Chargers at Raiders: The Bad News Bears

After the botched hold on the game-tying field goal, the words that come out of Philip Rivers’ mouth on the sideline state “we’re the Bad News Bears.” At this point, there’s all truth to that statement. You couldn’t have a script writer come up with a better way of the Chargers losing these games in the final minutes. Between fumbles, missed catches and botched punts, this season has been a rollercoaster ride and it won’t be easier come Thursday, when they play the 4-1 Denver Broncos.

Despite having 4 turnovers yesterday, the Chargers only lost by a margin of 3. But nonetheless, it was a loss. Philip Rivers threw some questionable passes downfield, Melvin Gordon looks to be struggling with the ball, again, fumbling in a second-straight game. The receivers aren’t cutting in when they’re supposed to, instead flying out wide to try to gain more(?) yards when they could pick up the 1st down easily.

Philip Rivers was 21-30, 359 yards and 4 passing touchdowns. It seemed like a normal Rivers outing, being the great, underrated QB that he is. Melvin Gordon averaged 4.3 yards a carry yesterday on 16 attempts(picking up 69 yards). He also seemed to do very well about picking up the blitz when he was set to protect Rivers from such thing, so that’s something to continue to look for. Antonio Gates caught another touchdown and is now 5 away from tying Tony Gonzalez’ record at 111 touchdowns(Gates at 106). Hunter Henry has looked incredible. In his last 3 games he has 227 yards, averaging 17.5 yards a game and has two touchdowns. Tyrell Williams still looks like the obvious number one in the case of the missing receivers in San Diego, but Travis Benjamin is not very far behind; both having 117 yards yesterday, Williams with one touchdown.

In his first game as a Charger, Joey Bosa had a lot to prove. Not because he was the Chargers 1st round-pick, not because he’s the newest on defense, but because the fans had to suffer through the game of cat-and-mouse with the front office, him and his agent. It is very apparent, though, he is the real deal. Out of 71 defensive snaps, Bosa played in 27 and his stat line is insane for that limited amount.

  • 2 sacks
  • 2 QB hurries
  • 5 tackles, 3 resulting in a loss of yards

For anybody that had doubt in the guy, as a player, should be getting onboard right about now.

As far as the Raiders go, they got bailed out by a poorly executed Chargers team. Despite the 4 turnovers and the muffed punt for 16 yards, they only one by 3 points; a missed FG. Don’t get me wrong, Derek Carr is still arguably the best QB in the AFC West and Amari Cooper will only get better with time, but their defense isn’t amounting to the hype that this offseason created. Yes, they are currently sitting atop of the west at 4-1, yes they did beat the Chargers, but for how long?

The Chargers have a short-week to play on. They play the Denver Broncos on national TV come Thursday night. It will not be easy, especially if Trevor Siemian is back at the reins, which according to reports, it looks like he will be. So we may be seeing a lot of Demaryius Thomas action, along with Emmanuel Sanders and Co.

Also, keep an eye out for Mike McCoy. He may not be around much longer.

Jason Verrett: “My season is done with”

Well, the nightmare has become a reality. Confirmed by multiple-sources, Chargers CB, Jason Verrett, will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn ACL. This now makes 3 players on the roster that have suffered from a season-ending ACL tear; Danny Woodhead, Keenan Allen and now Jason Verrett.

There’s a few people who are talking that he could play through it if he wanted, just like Pat Tillman did, until he tore it fully. Which, in the long run, doesn’t seem like the most logical thing to do, but CAN happen.

With the news of this happening, Chargers re-signed CB Steve Willams; waiving NT Ryan Carrethers. With them waiving Carrethers, it means that Joey Bosa may be seeing the field soon.

REPORT: Jason Verrett With Possible Knee Injury

It was off to a great morning on Wednesday the 5th, there was a cool breeze and the sun was out. Everything was going well, up until Adam Schefter dropped the bomb that would make any Chargers’ fan stomach twist:

If this is the case, the Chargers will be without arguably their best Corner Back on the team. Casey Hayward has been playing very well, but with Brandon Flowers on the injury report due to concussion and Craig Mager playing not-so-well, it may be a long season to come.

This is also may be the reason that Verrett was struggling with covering T.Y. Hilton in the Colts game. We all have to hope that it’s nothing huge and wish him the best in regards to luck.

Saints at Chargers: The One Where the Chargers Give it Away

The New Orleans Saints received the opening kickoff and started the game on offense. Drew Brees and the Saints showed early on that they could move the ball either passing or running the ball. The Chargers defense had a few opportunities to get off the field on 3rd down, but when you need to move the sticks, you can always just throw to the guy covered by Craig Mager. Although, in fairness to Mager, the entire defense looked equally inept. The drive only ended when Mark Ingram was allowed to jog into the end zone untouched.

The Chargers offense “responded” by going three and out.

The Saints were moving the ball again and had converted another 3rd down, but on the next 3rd down, Jerry Attaochu won his one-on-one and got to Brees to force a punt. Travis Benjamin then had his first big return of the season to set up Philip Rivers and the offense with decent field position.

Hunter Henry picked up the Chargers’ first 1st down of the game with a nice catch and run in the middle of the field. Dexter McCluster then showed off his open-field running on a swing pass that picked up another 1st down. Melvin Gordon, not to be outdone, picked up another 1st down on the ground. Orlando Franklin left the game with an apparent injury. Henry scored on a seam route on the next play.

Early on the Saints’ next drive, the Chargers had an opportunity to get off the field on 3rd & 1 but allowed John Kuhn to convert with ease.

Jatavis Brown made a very solid play going across the field to make a stop after only a two-yard game. A false start moved the Saints back. Then the defense sniffed out a screen to set up 3rd & long. An easy pitch and catch to Brandin Cooks defended by Jason Verrett moved the chains. Kyle Emanuel blew up the next play in the backfield.

On the next play, Mark Ingram caught a pass and fell to the ground, but he was not whistled down by contact. He got up and ran for the 1st down. Mike McCoy used his first challenge of the day the hopes that he was down by contact. Ingram had clearly been touched by Brown and the call on the field was reversed. It did not matter, though, because Willie Snead picked up all of the yards taken away and more on the very next play by beating Casey Hayward.

A couple runs by Daniel Lasco and a short pass to John Kuhn later, the Saints were back on top 14-7. The truly scary thing was that Brees had his pick of three guys that were wide open for a touchdown on that play.

In danger of going three and out, the Chargers turned to an unlikely hero when Inman got open across the middle of the field for a 1st down. And then on the very next play was left all alone down the sideline where he caught a Rivers’ pass for a 57-yard touchdown.

Drew Brees then threw a pass that got tipped into the hands of Craig Mager. The Chargers took a shot on their first play with the ball and Travis Benjamin bot the offense inside the red zone. The drive quickly fizzled out, though, and Josh Lambo came on to kick a field goal. It was a disappointing drive, but it gave the Chargers the lead.

A pair of Saints holding penalties put them in a tough spot and on 3rd down, Melvin Ingramsacked Drew Brees to force a punt. Benjamin was unable to get much on the return.

Philip Rivers took over in Saints territory to start the two-minute drill. They moved the ball well at first even without Chris Hairston who apparently injured his right leg. D.J. Fluker was shifted to right tackle, Spencer Pulley to right guard, and Joe Barksdale to left tackle. A D.J. Fluker holding penalty threatened to kill the drive. Melvin Gordon caught a short pass and fought for the 1st down, though. There was a booth review, but there was nothing on video to support overturning the ruling on the field. Rivers found an open Hunter Henry in the front corner of the end zone, but the rookie tight end could not get both feet in bounds. On the next play, the Chargers had a free play and Rivers threw one up for grabs. The Saints came down with it, but that did not matter. On 3rd & 3, Melvin Gordon picked up the 1st down about six inches from the goal line. From there, he scored easily on his next carry.

The Chargers received the ball to start the second half with a chance to go up by three scores. It got off to an inauspicious start with McCluster making a bad decision to return the kickoff instead of taking a knee. Ineffective offensive plays and a pair of penalties resulted in a 3rd & 14 from their own 11. An incomplete pass brought out the punting team who managed to get a delay of game penalty before kicking.

The Chargers forced a 3rd & 8, but the Saints easily converted it by throwing to his tight end Coby Fleener. Mark Ingram then added a chunk play on a perfect throw by Drew Brees. Jatavis Brown was in good coverage but the throw was too good. Facing 3rd & 3 from the Chargers’ 5, the Saints called their first timeout of the second half to avoid a delay of game penalty

Mike Lombardi likes to call red zone 3rd downs “4-point plays,” and the Saints converted this one. The Chargers responded by calling their own first timeout. In a game that already seemed destined to come down to the end of the 4th quarter, burning a timeout early in the 3rd quarter had to make Chargers fans nervous. The timeout was for not as John Kuhn easily hopped over the line into the end zone.

The Chargers offense came out on the field and again had nothing for the Saints. They meekly went three and out again. They avoided the multiple penalties this time, though. So, that was a bit of a moral victory, honestly.

The defense came up with a quality series. Dexter McCoil just missed a big interception, but he still made a nice play to deflect the pass. On 3rd down, Verrett had solid coverage on Brandin Cooks. A 62-yard punt flipped field position after Benjamin elected not to field it.

 Tyrell Williams didn’t care, though, and he picked up a 1st down on a catch and run. Benjamin then did the same. Williams then appeared to injure himself on an incomplete pass that resulted in a 3rd down (he would miss only one play). That 3rd down was another incomplete pass, this time, directed at Henry. Kaser’s punt was downed inside the 30.

The defense forced a three and out thanks to pressure up the middle by Corey Liuget on 3rd down. Benjamin fielded this punt and returned it, and a dumb penalty by the Saints tacked on five more yards.

Inman picked up six yards on 1st down. Rivers took a shot to Benjamin on 2nd down but came up empty. He found Inman again for a chunk play and a 1st down. He looked to Inman again for three yards on 1st down before being flushed from the pocket and throwing the ball away on 2nd. Henry stretched for a 1st down when it looked like Kenny Vaccaro had him short of the sticks on 3rd down.

Rivers couldn’t hit Inman on 1st down and Williams appeared to run the wrong route on 2nd. He went right back to Williams on 3rd down and Williams rewarded his confidence with a 1st down.

Philip Rivers got drilled while delivering a strike over the middle of the field. Tyrell Williams came down with it.

McCluster picked up three from the 8. Vonn Bell held Inman on 2nd down. 1st and goal from the 1 was a quick pass to Williams after a play fake. Vaccaro made a great tackle to deny him. There was o denying Melvin Gordon, though. He punched it in for six.

On the Saints’ next drive, Drew Brees hit Adrian Phillips in the chest. Unfortunately for the Saints, Phillips plays for the Chargers.

Aided by some atrocious tackling, the Saints started off quickly moving the ball against little resistance. Inside linebacker Nick Dzubnar limped off the field. Shortly after, Brees missed on two pass attempts before the Saints settled for a punt.

Melvin Gordon, fighting for extra yards, coughed up the ball on the first play of the subsequent drive. The defense forced a 4th down attempt.

 Unfortunately, the Saints turned it into a touchdown anyway. Michael Thomas beat Pierre Desir and Brees found him for the score. On the first play of the next Chargers possession, Travis Benjamin fumbled the ball without being touched. You can’t make this stuff up.

The Saints proceeded to march the ball into the red zone and set up a 1st & goal from the 1. The Chargers defense offered no resistance whatsoever. Also, through some creative timeout usage, McCoy managed to give away over 30 seconds. John Kuhn scored his third touchdown to put the Saints back on top.

 Rivers took over from his own 25 with 1:57 on the clock and one timeout. He was sacked on 1st down. It lost 5 yards and burned over 20 seconds. Matt Slauson then snapped the ball too early and set up a 3rd & 22. Rivers found an open Dontrelle Inman past the sticks who let the ball bounce off his facemask to force 4th down. He was picked off trying to force the ball to Inman again.