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  • Chargers report: Defensive backs must find the middle ground on hits

    Chargers report: Defensive backs must find the middle ground on hits

    NFL defensive backs sometimes feel like major league pitchers who are getting squeezed by umpires — they’re confused by a shrinking strike zone. The league, in an attempt to reduce brain injuries, has tried to crack down on helmet-to-helmet contact, giving referees the authority to eject players...

  • Without a victory, it's difficult for Chargers to win over L.A. fans

    Without a victory, it's difficult for Chargers to win over L.A. fans

    A banner criticizing Chargers owner Dean Spanos for moving his team from San Diego flew over StubHub Center on Sunday for the third consecutive game. With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on hand to assess the league’s latest relocation project, Philadelphia Eagles fans staged a hostile takeover...

  • What we learned in the Chargers’ 26-24 loss to Philadelphia

    What we learned in the Chargers’ 26-24 loss to Philadelphia

    Here’s what we learned in the Chargers’ 26-24 loss to Philadelphia: The loss isn’t a fluke. This is the toughest truth the Chargers need to face after losing for the ninth time in their last nine tries — a stretch that goes back to Week 12 last season. These aren’t accidents. This isn’t just “bad...

  • A charged-up Rivers is anything but calm

    A charged-up Rivers is anything but calm

    It was time to take a chance — at least, Philip Rivers thought so. The Chargers quarterback convulsed in frustration on the field before screaming his way off of it in the third quarter of a 26-24 loss to the Eagles. The offense faced fourth down and wanted to stay on the field. And Rivers, the...

  • Chargers defense cracks in loss to Eagles

    Chargers defense cracks in loss to Eagles

    What Chargers coach Anthony Lynn likes to describe as a “bend-but-don’t-break” defense was stretched and twisted like a lump of Silly Putty on Sunday, yielding 16 plays of 10 yards or more in a 26-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in StubHub Center. It snapped on LeGarrette Blount’s 68-yard run...

  • Chargers offensive tackle Chris Hairston is out for the season with an illness

    Valuable reserve tackle Chris Hairston was lost to the Chargers for the rest of the season Wednesday when the six-year veteran from Clemson was placed on the non-football illness list. The team did not disclose Hairston’s illness. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Hairston, who played left and right tackle,...

  • L.A. fans don't just give their devotion, teams have to earn it

    Two weeks into the NFL season, Los Angeles has two teams with a combined one victory, yet it seems the biggest criticism is being leveled at all those people with the audacity to ignore them. The national narrative is not about the Rams and Chargers, but about the empty seats surrounding them,...

  • Chargers look to lock down victories after coming apart at the end of games

    On the drive to and from the Chargers’ practice facility, there’s a big blue reminder of their situation through the first two weeks of the season. The team’s new home in Costa Mesa sits across the street from IKEA — the Swedish meatball and furniture chain that demands its customers stay organized...

  • Chargers hope losing close games doesn't become contagious

    An inability to win close games can be like a flu bug spreading through the locker room. The Chargers, their latest nausea-inducing last-second defeat coming in Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins, can only hope to contain it. When kicker Younghoe Koo pushed a potential game-winning, 44-yard...

  • What we learned from the Chargers' 19-17 loss to the Dolphins

    Here’s what we learned following the Chargers’ 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins at StubHub Center on Sunday: The teams, they’re not so special For the second week in a row, botched plays on special teams played a big role in a close defeat. Though last week’s problems were more evenly spread out...

  • Chargers fans will get intimate setting for home games at StubHub Center

    Robert Sosa has been going to soccer games at the StubHub Center since it opened in 2003, and he has some advice for fans who will be going there to watch the Chargers. “Get here early,” he said before a recent Galaxy game. Sosa typically arrives as many as five hours before kickoff to scout out...

  • Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is making players face their faults

    Earlier in the night, linebacker Nick Dzubnar missed an assignment and allowed a touchdown. Coach Anthony Lynn wasn’t going to do the same. Following the Chargers’ 13-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints in their second preseason game of the year, Lynn followed through on a promise to his players and...

  • Chargers' Gus Bradley is a coach that can't give it a rest

    Gus Bradley actually entertained the thought of taking a year off from football when he was fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars last Dec. 19, an entirely expected sacking that ended Bradley’s 14-48 run over four seasons, the second-worst winning percentage (.226) of any NFL head coach with at least...

  • Melvin Gordon is happy that his father, and biggest supporter, is out of prison

    There is not a hint of anger in Melvin Gordon’s voice or condemnation in his words, only gratitude for a father who “kept food on the table for me and my mom and kept a roof over our heads,” the Chargers running back says. That his father provided for the family by selling cocaine, which led to...

  • For Philip Rivers, going with the flow comes easy

    The most impressive drive of Philip Rivers’ NFL career was far longer than a football field. It happened during the offseason several years ago on a stormy weekend in San Diego. Rivers, All-Pro quarterback of the Chargers, had promised to speak at a Catholic retreat in Phoenix. The weather was...

  • Don't write off the 'Fight for L.A.'

    There seems to be a snickering misconception about “The Fight for L.A.” Folks, it really is a fight. Everyone seems to believe this mythical battle between two NFL teams for a city’s love is a race that already has been run. People, the thing starts now. The Rams will begin with the lead over the...

  • Chargers keep injured receiver Mike Williams on the 53-man roster

    There was a time this offseason when the Chargers were worried that their first-round draft pick, wide receiver Mike Williams, would be cut — by a surgeon. Season-ending back surgery could have kept the team from seeing their prized rookie in their first season in Los Angeles, but a hope persisted...

  • Chargers work on roster puzzle ahead of cuts to 53 this weekend

    Chargers general manager Tom Telesco stood outside the door of the visiting locker room at Levi’s Stadium and thanked every player and coach after they had completed their final preseason game Thursday night against San Francisco. It’s a ritual he undertakes after every game — an opportunity to...

  • Chargers pledge $500,000 to help victims of Tropical Storm Harvey

    Chargers chairman Dean Spanos and the Chargers organization have pledged $500,000 to victims of Tropical Storm Harvey, the storm that’s devastated Houston and other parts of south Texas. In addition to the funds, Chargers’ coaches, players and staff members will be on hand Wednesday for a food...

  • Kyle Coleman hoping to parlay his interception for a touchdown into a spot on the Chargers

    As Kyle Coleman raced into the end zone Thursday night completing a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown, he tapped the top of his left wrist with his right hand several times, as if trying to get a watch to start. The outside linebacker’s return was the only touchdown the Chargers would...

  • Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett makes presence known after lengthy layoff

    Jason Verrett knew he would play only two series in a game that didn’t count, but as the Chargers cornerback prepared to take the Coliseum field against the Rams on Saturday night, his emotions caught him by surprise. “Man, I almost got a little teary eyed during the national anthem,” Verrett said...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 21-19 loss to the Chargers

    What we learned in the Rams’ 21-19 defeat by the Chargers: Jared Goff remains inconsistent Goff played without a turnover in the first two preseason games, but he committed two costly mistakes against the Chargers. Chargers end Joey Bosa stripped Goff of the ball, and Melvin Ingram returned it...

  • Chargers defense sets tone, often looks back

    Melvin Ingram did not heed the advice of Satchel Paige, the legendary pitcher who was famously quoted as saying, “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.” The Chargers defensive end did just that, after scooping up a fumble forced by fellow edge rusher Joey Bosa’s sack and strip of...

  • Jared Goff has two turnovers in Rams' exhibition loss to the Chargers

    Starting quarterbacks in the NFL rarely, if ever, play in final preseason games. The potential risk of injury — and the team’s fortunes — is too great. So Jared Goff probably won’t get another start before the regular season opens in two weeks. But after Saturday’s performance against the Chargers...

  • Chargers offense finds rhythm with Rivers back in the lineup

    Philip Rivers opened up the Chargers’ preseason with a methodical touchdown drive against the Seattle Seahawks. Then, he went to the bench. He stayed there for the next 25 possessions, a stretch that lasted the rest of the opener and all of the team’s second preseason game. Without him, the Chargers...

  • Chargers see fights for making the team overshadowing any other fights

    If the “Fight for L.A.” could be won on a football field, the Chargers would send quarterback Philip Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates and the rest of the first string out onto the grass at the Coliseum for as long as it takes to win. But the “Fight for L.A.” isn’t about wins and losses. It’s not...

  • Los Angeles Chargers are excited about their new practice facility in Costa Mesa

    While the Chargers are excited about Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams, there were other reasons the team was buzzing Thursday. “It’s like the first day of school,” offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins said. The doors opened for the first day of class at the Hoag Performance Center, the Chargers’...

  • Chargers eye preseason meeting with Rams as they get ready for games that count

    Training camp opened with players stepping off black limousine buses at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, slapping hands and posing for pictures their new — and some old — fans. It was a scene. More than three weeks later, the Chargers held their final practice of training camp with...

  • Podcast | Fearsome Twosome: Mike Martz vs. Sean McVay and progress on offense

    The Rams are 2-0 in the preseason. And though it is just the preseason, the offense has looked encouraging. Before the Rams take on the Chargers in a “Fight for L.A.” on Saturday, listen to the Fearsome Twosome podcast with Lindsey Thiry and Gary Klein. This week’s topics include: Former Rams coach...

  • Plenty of Chargers sweating cutdown day

    Sweat poured off Chargers cornerback Craig Mager, beading on his shaved head and falling off his beard. The weather in Costa Mesa wasn’t responsible for the perspiration; it was the result of a post-practice session that had Mager working on technique while sprinting in and out of drills. “I’m...

  • Rams' secondary wants to turn the corner

    The last time the Rams and the Chargers were on the same field three fights broke out, each one started by Rams cornerbacks. At the time, Rams cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant said fighting was “never OK.” He has changed his stance since then. “That intensity, that fight, we love it,” Pleasant...

  • Chargers offense is off to a frustratingly slow start

    The words “ground and pound” have been used to describe Chargers coach Anthony Lynn’s offensive philosophies, and through two games, they’ve been pretty accurate descriptors. Once the Chargers hand the ball off, the runner has been quickly forced to the “ground.” And after two full games of failing...

  • Chargers coach Anthony Lynn evaluates two quarterbacks

    Chargers coach Anthony Lynn had a specific goal in mind when he gave quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Cardale Jones equal time Sunday night, playing Clemens in the first half and Jones in the second half of a 13-7 preseason loss the New Orleans Saints in StubHub Center. “I’d like to create a little...

  • Compact, cozy StubHub Center could be just the ticket for a unique fan experience and a Chargers rebirth

    It was nearly the end of the first quarter at StubHub Center when, standing on a concourse overlooking the field, I ran into a fan who had not yet been to his seat. He had not been stuck in traffic. He had not been slowed by security. He was not avoiding a section of drunks. No, from the moment...

  • Stars sit as Chargers fall to Saints 13-7 in exhibition at StubHub Center

    Quarterbacks Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, two of the best in the NFL, put on a show while their teams’ fans roared. They threaded the tightest of openings, pushing the ball deep into the chests of their receivers. They scored touchdowns. They entertained. It was some of the best action of the...

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