For the first time in 10 seasons, the Los Angeles Chargers find themselves with a 0-2 record heading into Week 3. It’s been an especially frustrating start to the campaign given that the Chargers have not received much support in their new home of Los Angeles and have lost the two games by a combined five points.
The savvy veteran that he is, quarterback Philip Rivers doesn’t seem to be too concerned over this slow start to the season.
“We have 14 games left, and I just know the years we have been on runs,” Rivers said Wednesday, via the Associated Press. “We were 3-1 one year and went to 3-2 and then won 11 in a row. Shoot, what were we, 13-3? We were 2-3 out here and then won 11 in a row. And we were 5-5 the championship year that we went to the championship game and won six in a row.”
Of course, Rivers is talking about the 2009 season when the then San Diego Chargers started 2-3 only to finish the year with 11 consecutive wins.
It’s most definitely a positive attitude to have. But LaDainian Tomlinson and Shawne Merriman aren’t walking through that door anytime soon. Despite this, Rivers most definitely remains upbeat.
“There’s no worry or concern,” Rivers continued “There is an urgency, but the guys still have a heck of a positive outlook.”
The issue here more than their inability to close out games, the Chargers exist in an AFC West with two legitimate Super Bowl contenders in the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. Heck, the Denver Broncos appear improved with what looks to be a dominating defense. Going up against the aforementioned Chiefs at home on Sunday, this is almost a must-win game for Los Angeles.
Not only is it two games back of the other three teams in the division, a total of three percent of the teams to start a season 0-3 since 1980 have gone on to make the playoffs. Rivers might be confident, but it’s time for the team to show said confidence on the field itself.