In the back corner of the
Snacks were on a table. Discarded athletic tape littered the floor. Pads and jerseys were being collected. the room The room had been filled with 53 players who had just lost their fourth consecutive game.
Now, the veteran offensive lineman was about the only player remaining.
He has been to the playoffs five times. He has been to the
"We're about to find out what kind of team we have," he said after the Chargers lost to Philadelphia on Oct. 1. "We're about to learn about this group's character."
Three weeks later and the Chargers locker room is a different place. Guys move a little slower, spend more time talking with one another, laughing, smiling.
In a blink, the Chargers have gone from losers to winners, from cold to hot.
And Okung must feel like he knows what kind of team he's on — one with tons of character and one able to fight its way out of anything.
He'd have to feel that. Right?
“That jury,” Okung said after the Chargers shut out the
While the Chargers have played their way back into the
"We've dug ourselves into a hole. And we've won three in a row, but we've lost four in a row. So we can't get comfortable at all," coach Anthony Lynn said. "We're not even .500 yet, so we've got the world champs coming up on Sunday. I think we're confident, but I don't think anyone is overconfident."
The Chargers take that confidence to New England on Sunday, where the
"We try to encourage the guys and talk to them about the peaks and valleys of the season," Gates said. "You got your highs and lows. And if you continue to focus on the past, you can never reach your potential. That's why we preach one game at a time, one week at a time. We started out 0-4, and we're still the same team. We're still the same guys making the same plays. We just have to believe in that and trust that process, which we have.
"To me, we're the same team we were when we started 0-0."
Chargers add veteran lineman
With starting left guard
Ola spent most of last season on the practice squad with the
Rookie Dan Feeney, the Chargers' third-round pick in this year's draft, is slated to start in Slauson's absence.