Philip Rivers on why the idea of a lost locker room isn’t happening

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.

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  1. charged99

    TT is in Denial…….. first the owner has clearly agitated the fan base to the point that if the city doesn’t provide him a new stadium next to Petco park he is Balking. 2nd when we see 80 yr old Martha Ford at the Bye who has 0 knowledge of football she 1st apologized to the fan base for a horrific season 2nd she promised the fans she is not going to accept losing. 3rd she fired a few coaches and put the head coach on notice that if he doesn’t win the majority of the games he is gone. Now I wish the Chargers were 1/2 as good as the Lions. If we played the Lions on Thanksgiving we would of lost like 37-0 like we did last year to the Dolphins. TT you don’t have the Balls that Old Martha Ford has.. neither does John Spanos. TT when it’s 3rd&25 why are you allowing FR to call a 2 yard pass to Woodhead? the odds of woodhead running 23 yards is 10% so then MM on his press conference says my goal as a HC is to do everything not to have us punt the ball. Look at the god damn play calling Norv’s Playcalling was 10x better. The playcalling is absolutely horrendous you have a rookie HC with a rookie OC and a rookie GM. we should of fired Norv 1 year earlier and replaced him with Ron Rivera. When we lose to Gus Bradley everyone will be saying we should of hired him also over Mike Mcnutt-less