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Derwin James announces he will change the name on the back of his jersey

The Los Angeles Chargers star rookie defensive back, Derwin James, has announced via his Instagram account that he intends to wear the name “James Jr.” on the back of his jersey for next season. The Athletic’s Chargers beat writer, Sam Fortier, had that news via Twitter this morning:

S Derwin James will wear "James Jr." on the back of his jersey next season, he announced on his Instagram Story. What a sentence.

— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) January 16, 2019

James, who fell to the...

ESPN.com - San Diego Chargers

Chargers, Cowboys coaches to lead Pro Bowlers

The coaching staffs of the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys have been selected to lead the Pro Bowl teams.

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Jason Michaels

Is this Championship window just opening?

This team should be fired up for a long run!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we’re back to those familiar Mondays. The ones after a loss, where all the world seems to be falling apart. We’ve been spared this feeling quite a bit this season, so I suppose that it’s been well-earned. The difference with this one is that it’s not just drama- the season is now over for the Chargers, and there was every reason to think that they were the better team before the coin flip.

One of the most...

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With Philip Rivers' Super Bowl window closing, Chargers must improve

Improvements at linebacker and along the offensive line could help the Chargers land a home game in the playoffs next season.

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Watch: Tom Brady ramping up the 'everybody thinks we suck' narrative

Tom Brady is about to be an underdog for the first time since 2015 when the New England Patriots head to Arrowhead for a date with the Kansas City Chiefs. He and the Pats absolutely demolished the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, and after the game the quarterback showed just how much he’s been absorbing all the negative headlines about how he and the New England dynasty is supposedly dead. Then, he posted a message on his Instagram page, noting he’s “Still here.” Then on Monday...

ESPN.com - San Diego Chargers

Derwin James leads talented, productive rookie class for Chargers

Chargers first-round pick Derwin James is already one of the best safeties in the game, but he was the only Bolts rookie to make an impact.

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Richard Wade

Daily Links: Bolts’ season ends with a whimper

Your daily dose of Los Angeles Chargers news & notes from around the web.

Refocused, NFL Divisional Round: New England Patriots 41, Los Angeles Chargers 28 - PFF Analysis Team
The Chargers’ offensive line did not provide any kind of help to Rivers, as they struggled mightily against New England’s defense. Though they didn’t lose too many individual battles, it was a lack of communication and discipline that hurt the Chargers’ front five. The Los Angeles offensive line failed to pick...

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Chargers’ Melvin Ingram gives harsh assessment of team’s season

Defensive end Melvin Ingram was not about to look on the bright side when reflecting upon the Los Angeles Chargers’ 2018 season. Ingram’s Chargers saw their season end with a 41-28 blowout loss at New England on Sunday. Though the Chargers went 12-4 and won a playoff game, Ingram wasn’t in the mood to hear about those accomplishments following the defeat. ESPN’s Eric Williams quoted Ingram saying the team hadn’t accomplished anything because they did not win the Super Bowl. Fans...

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Chargers TE Gates, 38, not ready to retire

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates doesn't think he's ready to retire after completing a one-year deal with the Chargers.

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Philip Rivers After Chargers' Playoff Loss to Patriots: 'Get Up and Start Again'

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is already looking ahead to the offseason after his team's 41-28 loss to the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Divisional Round Game...

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Daniel Stebbins

Patriots defeat the Chargers 41-28

Chargers trail from start to finish, can’t keep the momentum of the 2018 season rolling in frigid Foxborough

Although some forecasts in the week leading up to Sunday expected snow (with some as much as five inches), that no longer was the case as of Sunday morning. Cold, about 26 degrees at kickoff, but no snow.

Patriots win the coin toss and elected to receive the kick. Opening kickoff by newly signed Nick Rose goes off the hands of the returner and out of bounds. Patriots start the drive...

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Richard Wade

Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints open thread

What the analytics tell us about the Saints and Eagles - Bleeding Green Nation
On the year, Foles is tied for the lowest Intended Air Yards which will naturally inflate any completion percentage. He’s also second to last in Air Yards to the Sticks (-2.5), meaning he’s delivering short-to-medium range throws in long situations and letting his playmakers pick up the rest. This isn’t to knock Foles. As noted, he deserves credit for ballooning his numbers with his high xCOMP...

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Chargers defense no-shows in biggest game of the year

Bill Belichick and Co. had two weeks to prepare for their divisional-round matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. That’s usually a recipe for disaster for opposing teams in the playoffs. Most figured the Chargers and defensive coordinator Gus Bradly would be able to combat this by changing up their MO on that side of the ball. In the past, Los Angeles had played cover three or zone defense. This means that the defense has put more defensive backs on the field — seven a majority of the...

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Chargers return to playoffs but fall short of potential

It was an early exit for the 12-4 Chargers in their first postseason appearance since 2013, but this team should be back.

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Philip Rivers getting the Twitter torment during blowout loss

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is one passionate dude. It’s one of these reasons he’s already a borderline Hall of Famer. But it also makes Rivers an icon on social media. When things aren’t going well — Sunday’s game against the Patriots as an example — Rivers’ reactions create a firestorm. Los Angeles headed into halftime down 35-7 in an humiliating performance at Gillette Stadium. Rivers wasn’t happy. And he got the treatment on Twitter....

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Martellus Bennett praises Rob Gronkowski for his quiet contributions

Rob Gronkowski once again did not play a major role in the passing game for the New England Patriots on Sunday, but to say his presence was felt would be an understatement. Martellus Bennett understands that more than most, and the former NFL tight end called attention to it. Gronkowski did not catch a pass in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers, but he was an absolute beast in the running game. Here’s one of several blocks he threw that helped the Patriots run wild against...

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Watch: Keenan Allen burns Stephon Gilmore with fake for 43-yard TD

The Los Angeles Chargers fell into an early 0-7 hole against the New England Patriots on Sunday, but Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen quickly got them out of it. After the Patriots chewed up half of the first quarter with a methodical touchdown drive, the Chargers responded with a 43-yard touchdown from Rivers to Allen. The score was made possible with a fantastic double-move from Allen, who completely fooled Patriots All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore. It’s possible Gilmore was supposed to...

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Richard Wade

Chargers at Patriots is oldest starting quarterback matchup in playoff history

At a combined 78 years and 198 days, Philip Rivers and Tom Brady are the oldest starting quarterback matchup in NFL playoffs history. Both offenses today will go as their veteran signal callers go. The New England Patriots have given their quarterback a superior offensive line to the one protecting Rivers, but the skill position players for the Los Angeles Chargers are significantly more talented than those surrounding Brady.

Ultimately, this game will come down as so many do to which...

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Richard Wade

Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots open thread

A week removed from taking the Baltimore Ravens apart in Baltimore, the Los Angeles Chargers are once again road underdogs as they face off against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Foxboro. The Chargers have not beat the Patriots since 2008, have not beat them at home since 2005, and have not beat them in the playoffs since 1964. Still, today is a new day and Anthony Lynn’s Chargers were not supposed to win last week either.

Philip Rivers has performed at an MVP level this season....

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Richard Wade

Chargers at Patriots inactives: Hunter Henry will make his season debut

We have expected it all week and now it is official. Hunter Henry who suffered an injury that was supposed to keep him out all season will take the field for the Los Angeles Chargers in Foxboro against the New England Patriots. The Chargers star tight end will be on a “pitch count” but he should bring an element on offense that has been lacking in a best case scenario and in a worst case he is a decoy the Patriots will have to account for. The full inactive list below is from the...

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