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Whicker: Chargers show promise, now seek proof

By in Press Enterprise on January 1, 2018

By Mark Whicker

CARSON — No need to congratulate the Chargers on how they rang out 2017. They took care of that themselves.

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They finished their first L.A. season with a 9-7 record, which means they went 9-3 after September. They carpet-bombed Oakland 30-10 with 387 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions from the hand of Philip Rivers. They looked upon their handiwork and were pleased.

But because Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota kept dancing past Jacksonville tacklers for late-game first downs, the Titans won and thus kept the Chargers out of the postseason. However, the Chargers took pains to promote the assumption that they stand on the cusp of greatness. They intend to carry that all the way into next September.

“We played great the last few weeks and next year it’s going to be scary,” said Melvin Ingram, the sacking linebacker.

“It’s a completely different team, everything all around.” said Joey Bosa, Ingram’s partner in quarterback tracking on the other side of the defense. “Effort, the energy, the love for each other.”

“When you’re 0-4 it’s kind of hard to play the rest of the teams in the league, but we did that,” ” said Tre Boston, the safety who picked off Derek Carr in the end zone. “It’s a little awkward right now. We came in here and found out we were out […]    

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