Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on Thanksgiving at the Rivers household and why the idea of a lost locker room during a 2-8 season isn’t happening.
The 4-6 Jacksonville Jaguars, winners of three of their last four games and residents of the the weak AFC South, actually have something to play for.
The 2-8 San Diego Chargers, who have lost six in a row and can be officially eliminated from the AFC West this Sunday, are left to talk about playing for pride and playing for each other.
As the losses continued to pile up and the margin of defeat went from one score to embarrassing, chatter the last few weeks on the outside has turned its’ focus from the awful return game, incredible rash of injuries and questionable play-calling to if the Chargers locker room has been lost and tuned out the message of their head coach.
Philip Rivers admits the tough season has had more than its’ share of challenges on the team but a lost locker room isn’t one of them.
“I think it’s been tough,” Rivers said. “Those questions are asked and that’s not the case here. It’s been tough in the locker room, we’ve been down, we’ve had injuries, we’ve had a lot of things go bad but we’ve stuck together. I’ve never been in this situation before but I can imagine it can be a lot worse in a locker room. We don’t have the finger pointing.”
“What’s really been a trait of ours over my whole career here and not because of me is a resilient bunch, a bunch that doesn’t quit, a bunch that does fight until the end and that’s what we have to do here.”
“Let’s find a way to some win games.”
That starts this Sunday versus the favored Jacksonville Jaguars and it appears Rivers will once again be without his starting tackles. D.J. Fluker was officially ruled out on Friday with a concussion and King Dunlap (ankle) is doubtful, meaning Chris Hairston is likely to start at left tackle with Kenny Wiggins filling in at right guard.
Corey Liuget missed his third straight practice and is listed as questionable along with defensive tackle Sean Lissemore. Ladarius Green, Antonio Gates Manti Te’o and Eric Weddle are probable and the Chargers got a bit of good news with the efforts of Malcom Floyd, who returned to practice this week after injuring his shoulder diving for a catch nearly three weeks ago.
Floyd, listed as probable, was encouraged by a “great practice” and expressed optimism that he’d be able to play this week. That would be an encouraging sign for an offense that was held to just three points versus the Kansas City Chiefs.