While Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler recounted his first NFL touchdown on Sunday, Melvin Gordon was slumped into the adjacent locker, clearly frustrated and down after a 26-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The rookie from Western State Colorado was saying all the right things about how the Chargers could bounce back from their latest narrow loss.
The Chargers need consistency, Ekeler said. They need to avoid having to play from behind. They need to establish the run.
When it was finally Gordon’s turn to talk, he said what everyone that has watched the Chargers in recent years was thinking: Whether they’re located in San Diego or Los Angeles, these heartbreaking results are sadly familiar to Chargers fans.
“It sounds like everything we said at this point just gets repetitive,” Gordon said. “We’ve been saying this since I’ve been here. We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to do better. Just no answer right now, to be honest.”
The Chargers (0-4) have now lost nine straight games dating back to last season. All but three of those losses have been decided by a touchdown or fewer, none by more than 14 points. They have lost by three, two and two points this season, and last week’s 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was still in doubt before a back-breaking touchdown run after the two-minute warning.
“It’s not the effort, or otherwise we wouldn’t be in these games if the effort wasn’t there,” Chargers head coach…