Los Angeles Chargers

In response to President Trump, Chargers and rest of NFL make statement of unity |Sep 24, 2017

CARSON — They knelt together, stood arm in arm, and raised clenched fists as the anthem played. Their statement of solidarity resounded across the league, from Los Angeles to Denver, from Cleveland to Indianapolis, from Houston to Atlanta, and across the Atlantic, where the most politically divisive day in NFL history began with the league’s only Muslim owner, Shahid Khan, standing together with Jaguars players and coaches, of all races and beliefs.

Philip Rivers’ 3 interceptions doom Chargers in loss to Kansas City |Sep 24, 2017

CARSON >> Even after relocation and a coaching change, this remains true: The Chargers will only go as far as Philip Rivers takes them. On Sunday, that reality did not look reassuring. In their second game at StubHub Center, the Chargers fell to Kansas City, 24-10 — dropping to 0-3 for the first time since 2003.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon’s hot start slowed by knee injury |Sep 24, 2017

CARSON >> Melvin Gordon had his best game of the year on Sunday. Now, the Chargers need him healthy enough for an encore. The third-year tailback was one of the bright spots in a 24-10 loss to Kansas City, turning 17 carries into 79 yards and a touchdown.

Whicker: Chargers’ defense plays well, until it has to |Sep 24, 2017

CARSON >> On the north sideline, Kansas City’s’ Marcus Peters looked at the ground and held up a fist, with teammate Roy Miller holding up Peters’ arm. On the south sideline, five Chargers sat on a metal bench when the anthem was played, and Casey Hayward also raised a fist.

Preview for Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals |Sep 24, 2017

COWBOYS AT CARDINALS Kickoff: 5:30 p.m., ESPN Outlook: Dallas loafed its way through last week’s loss against Denver, like Ezekiel Elliott chasing down an interception. That won’t be the case this week against an Arizona offense that just isn’t the same without David Johnson.

This week’s Chargers opponent: Kansas City Chiefs |Sep 19, 2017

If this is indeed Alex Smith’s final season in Kansas City, he’s certainly making it count. The veteran quarterback has looked like a different player in his 12th professional campaign, subverting his game-manager reputation with 9.

Chargers fall in home opener as missed field goal gives Dolphins victory |Sep 17, 2017

CARSON >> Close, but not enough. On Sunday, the Chargers played their first regular-season NFL game at StubHub Center. They trailed the Dolphins for less than 10 minutes. They averaged nearly 2 more yards per play.

Alexander: Antonio Gates’ record a bit of normalcy in a strange day with Chargers |Sep 17, 2017

CARSON >> Antonio Gates had 111 touchdown catches as a San Diego Charger. He now has one as a Los Angeles Charger. And for all of the change and the newness of the Chargers’ future here, there had to be some melancholy involved when Gates hauled in a pass from Philip Rivers with 8:18 to play in the third quarter Sunday afternoon at StubHub Center, to break Tony Gonzalez’ record for career touchdown catches by a tight end.

Chargers could open kicker competition after Younghoe Koo’s misses |Sep 17, 2017

CARSON >> There was no defender breaking through the line this time. No errant hold, no botched snap. Younghoe Koo missed the field goal on Sunday, and this one was entirely on him. With nine seconds left on the game clock at StubHub Center, the Chargers’ undrafted rookie had a chance to win the game.

Miller: Chargers kick off new L.A. era by missing wide right |Sep 17, 2017

CARSON >> The day ended with one of their defensive tackles attempting to play lead blocker for their kicker. Strange? This came only after their historic return to L.A. was soiled by a missed field goal punctuated by the booming sound of their triumphant sideline cannon, a celebration normally reserved for games the Chargers actually, you know, win.

Chris McCain at home with Chargers after flirting with post-Dolphins retirement |Sep 16, 2017

COSTA MESA >> The lifeline came two days before Thanksgiving. After weeks of fruitless workouts, Chris McCain was flying back to California. The past year had been a rollercoaster for the 25-year-old edge rusher.

Right coach, system can change trajectory of an NFL QB’s career |Sep 16, 2017

The jersey sits in an upstairs room in his home near the Rams’ facility. Inscribed inside the jersey’s number is a message that Sean McVay, the team’s first-year head coach, holds dear.

Dolphins QB Jay Cutler worries some Chargers — but not Melvin Ingram |Sep 14, 2017

COSTA MESA >> Retire for three months, and some people lose all respect for you. That’s essentially the treatment Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler got from Melvin Ingram, whom he will face this Sunday at StubHub Center.

Denver’s stadium noise gave Chargers a lesson in communication |Sep 13, 2017

COSTA MESA >> Matt Slauson jumped early. The offensive lineman is a seasoned veteran, one who entered this month having made 104 career appearances, including three in the playoffs. He had done so wearing three different uniforms, in more than two dozen NFL stadiums.

Chargers vs. Dolphins: Scouting report, By the numbers |Sep 12, 2017

The Chargers and the Dolphins live on opposite coasts. This week, however, they are separated by just 98 miles. The latter team was displaced by Hurricane Irma, the storm that made landfall in Florida over the weekend after ravaging the Caribbean.

The ‘Fight for L.A.’ between the Rams and Chargers begins ... now |Sep 9, 2017

My oh my, how the NFL landscape has seismically shifted in Los Angeles over the last 20 months. The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers? Yup, that really happened. And Year One of their co-existence begins Sunday.

In Chargers locker room, Florida natives worry about Hurricane Irma |Sep 9, 2017

COSTA MESA >> Sean Culkin is hoping for the best. The Chargers’ undrafted rookie tight end grew up in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. — a 1 1/2-square mile plot of land on a barrier island just outside Tampa.

Chargers 2017 preview: Anthony Lynn says limited experience is no measure of potential |Sep 8, 2017

Anthony Lynn wasn’t backing down. Neither was Mike Shanahan. It didn’t matter that the former was a special teams assistant, near the bottom of the Broncos’ staff hierarchy. It also didn’t matter that the latter was at the top of his profession — a Super Bowl-winning head coach who, at the time, who looked bound for a spot in Canton.

Back with Broncos, Mike McCoy gets shot at Chargers |Sep 8, 2017

Mike McCoy was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. Then he became the Chargers’ head coach. And now? The Broncos’ offensive coordinator. Again. Not much of a move, geographically, but the changes have taken their toll.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers itching for his 12th season-opening start |Sep 7, 2017

COSTA MESA >> Twenty-eight NFL teams will play before the Chargers officially open the 2017 season. Philip Rivers will try to watch as many of them as he can. The veteran quarterback is heading into his 12th season opener as a starter, and this time, he’ll have to wait.

Let Rams, Chargers ‘Fight for L.A.,’ Raiders will win Super Bowl |Sep 6, 2017

The Fight for L.A. rages on, as the Rams and Chargers battle to win the collective hearts and souls and wallets of the 20 million or so people residing in Los Angeles and vicinity. But it’s just a local tangle.

2017 NFL Preview: A team-by-team look at the NFC |Sep 6, 2017

WEST ARIZONA CARDINALS 2016 record: 7-8-1 Notable offseason addition: Haason Reddick, OLB. Reddick has been a pleasant surprise early on in Arizona. If he keeps developing as a pass-rusher, he could be an instant star.

2017 NFL Preview: A team-by-team look at the AFC |Sep 6, 2017

AFC WEST DENVER BRONCOS 2016 record: 9-7 Notable offseason addition: Ron Leary, OG. Denver’s fall from grace last season had a whole lot to do with a leaky offensive line. Leary can’t turn that around on his own, but as a competent interior lineman, his addition will definitely help a struggling offense.

Rams, Chargers navigate new defensive schemes with ease |Sep 5, 2017

By Ryan Kartje rkartje@scng.com @Ryan_Kartje on Twitter THOUSAND OAKS >> Wade Phillips has been in this position before. Four of the past six times he has switched teams, to be exact.

Texans’ J.J. Watt shows the real healing potential of sports |Sep 5, 2017

The notion, though long on good intentions, always has sounded short on common sense. Sure, games can distract, offer snippets of relief from a real world that can be unforgiving, brutal and catastrophic.

Chargers vs. Broncos: Scouting report & By the numbers |Sep 5, 2017

Brock Osweiler is Denver’s backup. Again. The 6-foot-7 quarterback walked into the Broncos’ practice facility this week, bringing some amount of closure to one of the most bizarre career arcs in recent NFL history.

Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo is NFL’s latest Korean-born player |Sep 5, 2017

COSTA MESA >> You can count them all on one hand. There is John Lee, an All-America kicker at UCLA whose NFL career lasted 11 games. There is Hines Ward, the five-time Pro Bowl receiver who spent the first months of his life in Seoul.

Chargers claim LB Hayes Pullard; re-sign QB Kellen Clemens |Sep 4, 2017

The Chargers claimed Hayes Pullard off waivers on Monday, supplementing their linebacker depth chart and adding a second USC product to their locker room. A former seventh-round pick, Pullard appeared in 24 games over the past two seasons for the Jaguars, who cut him on Sunday.

Sean McVay manages first crisis as Aaron Donald holdout continues |Sep 4, 2017

The Rams reported to work on Monday to officially begin preparations for their season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Their best player was nowhere to be found. The contract holdout of Aaron Donald just moved to DEFCON 1, folks.

Chargers claim OT Michael Schofield off waivers; LB Denzel Perryman to IR |Sep 3, 2017

The Chargers have set their 53-man roster. For now, at least. “We have work to do,” General Manager Tom Telesco said Sunday. “When you talk about the roster, it’s never over.

Chargers’ 53-man roster: Mike Williams off PUP list; Josh Lambo cut |Sep 2, 2017

Mike Williams won’t play a full rookie season, but the Chargers are hoping that their first-round pick will be healthy enough to return in the next few weeks. Out since May with a herniated disk in his lower back, Williams has only been healthy enough to sprint on his own during practices.

Here are some reasons to be excited about new NFL season |Sep 2, 2017

Let’s start with the bad news. The Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl, and there’s nothing you can do about it. This a foregone conclusion, like Friday afternoon traffic on the 405 or Jon Snow finishing “Game of Thrones” as the hero.

After preseason finale, dozens of Chargers wait for final cuts |Sep 1, 2017

Kyle Coleman never started that run. Less than three weeks ago, the linebacker was at home in Dallas, getting ready to jog around the block. Days earlier, the Seahawks had released him for the second time in less than 12 months.

Austin Ekeler makes strong impression in Chargers’ preseason finale |Aug 31, 2017

SANTA CLARA >> Austin Ekeler entered Levi’s Stadium with just seven professional carries to his name. If this was his last appearance in a Chargers uniform, he made it count. After seeing little action in his first three preseason games, the undrafted rookie made his case for a spot on the regular-season roster on Thursday.

Chargers look uneven in preseason-ending loss to 49ers |Aug 31, 2017

SANTA CLARA >> The ugly started early. On the sixth play of the Chargers’ preseason finale, Cardale Jones zipped a pass to tight end Sean Culkin. It was a solid choice: The undrafted rookie out of Missouri had been reliable this month, catching six of his eight targets for 56 yards.

For some Chargers, roster cutdown is a familiar routine |Aug 30, 2017

They were both stars once, running backs who found themselves on college football’s biggest stages. Kenjon Barner, the All-American who scored five times in a game, and Andre Williams, the Heisman finalist who still owns one of the most productive rushing seasons in NCAA history.

Mike Bercovici could be odd man out among Chargers QBs again |Aug 29, 2017

COSTA MESA >> Mike Bercovici is hoping to tell a different story. A year ago, he was an undersized Chargers rookie trying to earn a roster spot — a rarity for quarterbacks who didn’t hear their names called in the NFL draft.

Chargers to sit starters in preseason finale, but not Korey Toomer |Aug 28, 2017

COSTA MESA >> Korey Toomer is at the top of the depth chart again, but there’s still a fight ahead of him. The veteran linebacker will be the only Chargers starter on offense or defense to play in Thursday’s preseason finale, Coach Anthony Lynn said.

Chargers’ Cardale Jones still has catching up to do |Aug 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A month into his stint as a Chargers quarterback, Cardale Jones remains a work in progress. “When he’s hot, it’s a beautiful thing,” Coach Anthony Lynn said two weeks ago.

Bonsignore: What we observed from Rams’ loss to Chargers |Aug 27, 2017

Preseason NFL football game can often be a tricky thing. There’s not real game planning going on. The starting lineup is a mishmash of first stringers and backups that soon gives way exclusively to second, third and fringe players.

Fight for L.A. - Rams vs. Chargers live updates and how to watch information |Aug 26, 2017

The Fight for LA continues as the Los Angeles Rams host the LA Chargers in Week 3 of the preseason. Check back often for updates, scores and injury news. Viewing on a mobile device?

Video: Rams and Chargers fans decide who runs L.A. |Aug 26, 2017

For the first time since 1994, two Los Angeles NFL teams played against each other as the L.A. Rams hosted the L.A. Chargers in a preseason game at the Coliseum. Fans from both teams were asked who really runs L.

Chargers start fast against Rams, earn first preseason win in L.A. |Aug 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Philip Rivers has been almost perfect. Twelve pass attempts aren’t much of a sample size, even if 11 of them found their intended target. He hasn’t faced any truly fearsome defenses.

Miller: Philip Rivers and Jared Goff display where they are in their careers |Aug 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> He is now our most dependable starter, this pinpointing right-hander stirring memories of the likes of in-their-primes Orel Hershiser and Jered Weaver. Sure, during their careers, those two pitchers were at times hit hard.

Chargers want a preseason win, but won’t sacrifice player evaluation |Aug 25, 2017

The Chargers have not gone winless in the preseason since 1999, when Mike Riley was their coach, Jim Harbaugh was their starting quarterback and Joey Bosa was still in preschool. This month, the team has rolled out two ugly losses at StubHub Center, stumbling against the Seahawks and the Saints.

As season finale nears, NFL locker rooms obsess over ‘Game of Thrones’ |Aug 25, 2017

COSTA MESA >> Joey Bosa is already one of the league’s most feared pass-rushers. Around Chargers practice, there is no doubt he is destined for defensive stardom, even though he hasn’t yet started his second NFL season.

Philip Rivers’ return means Chargers are Chargers again |Aug 24, 2017

COSTA MESA >> The Chargers have run 125 preseason plays, 123 of which have resulted in something other than a touchdown. That’s a failure rate of 98.4 percent, not exactly the “explosive” and “dynamic” flavor of offense envisioned by Coach Anthony Lynn, who recently described the team’s performance instead by using a derivative of a completely different word - “ugly.

Chargers’ new facility still offers impressive amenities |Aug 24, 2017

COSTA MESA — The place is easy to miss. There are no logos out front, no bolt-shaped balcony railings in the back. The only exterior hint that the Chargers reside on this block of Susan Street? Goal posts poking above the gates surrounding the practice field.

Chargers, Rams rivalry brewing? ‘Not really,’ Anthony Lynn says |Aug 23, 2017

COSTA MESA >> For months, the Chargers have publicly waged their “Fight for L.A.” The slogan was emblazoned on street-side banners and carved into a giant block on the StubHub Center concourse.

Despite what you may have heard, Chargers are not freaking out over L.A. move NO REGRETS |Aug 23, 2017

The Chargers will take their Fight for L.A. to the field on Saturday, their opponent the very roommates they’ll eventually share a stadium with. But then, this whole Fight for L.A. thing was never a direct challenge by the Chargers to the Rams, who they’ll play Saturday night at the Coliseum in each team’s third preseason game.