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Former Chargers QB Philip Rivers Announces Retirement

Former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers called it a career on Wednesday morning, announcing his retirement from the National Football League.

Rivers played 16 memorable seasons for the Chargers before signing a one-year deal worth $25 million last offseason with the Indianapolis Colts.

The 39-year-old leaves the NFL throwing 397 touchdowns with 198 interceptions.

Oddly enough Rivers walks away 13 years ago to the day he played on one leg in the AFC Title game in New England against the undefeated Patriots, the closest that the Chargers got to the Super Bowl with the fiery quarterback.

Rivers played in 244 games, starting the final 240 of those without missing one. That streak is second to just Brett Favre, who played in 297 straight.

Eight times in his career Rivers made the Pro Bowl.

Chargers Make HC Hire, Bring in Rams DC Brandon Staley as New Voice

The Chargers have a new coach, making a somewhat surprise hire on Sunday evening of Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.

Staley led the Rams in 2020 to the league’s #1 ranked defense, allowing (281.9 yards allowed per game) and they ranked first in points allowed per game, allowing just 18.5 points per contest.

The move was a surprise in that not many even had Staley on the map to be the next Bolts head coach.

Just a few years back Staley was coaching at John Carroll University, and that didn’t hurt when it came to the fact that Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco went to college there as well.

The team will bring in Staley for a meeting with the media on Monday.

Chargers to Exercise Patience When It Comes to Hiring a New Head Coach

The Chargers continue to be on the lookout for a new coach after canning Anthony Lynn Monday, but GM Tom Telesco is taking a very different approach to the search for a new voice.

That approach includes the “P” word – patience.

“If it’s something that we have to wait for. We’ll wait. We’ll wait and we’ll make it work,” Chargers GM Tom Telesco said Wednesday.

“We have an opportunity to ascend and ascend quickly. We’ve got work to do. Obviously, it’s nowhere near a perfect roster, but I think we got a bright future here.”

The Bolts have a couple current candidates that many teams are also interested in, such as Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

Many of the big name candidates are on teams that are in the playoffs, meaning that if the Chargers locked one up they would have to wait till that team is out of the playoffs to make the hire.

Most of the hot candidates are still on teams that are in the postseason, so even if the Chargers locked one up they would have to wait till that team is out of the playoffs to make the hire.

Telesco hiring a new coach is becoming old hat, as the next hire will be the third head coach hired by Telesco since taking over for A.J. Smith back in January of 2013.

Chargers Fire Anthony Lynn After Four Seasons

The Chargers will have a new voice for 2021, as the team announced Monday that they have fired head coach Anthony Lynn.

Owner Dean Spanos put out a statement regarding the firing of Lynn.

“This morning I informed Anthony Lynn that we have made the decision to part ways with him as our head coach. I’m not sure there is another person in this league more respected as a human being than Anthony, and I want to sincerely express my deepest gratitude for his leadership during a time of great change for our organization,” Spanos said.

Lynn went 32-32 in four seasons with the Chargers.

The Bolts will have plenty of competition when it comes to looking for a new head coach, as already on “Black Monday” the Jaguars, Lions, Jets, Texans, and Falcons all have coach openings on the first day post the 2020 regular season.

Report: Chargers to Fire Head Coach Anthony Lynn

A season that has not gone as expected for the Chargers is set to cost head coach Anthony Lynn his job according to reports Sunday.

Jay Glazer from Fox Sports reports that Lynn will be one of the coaches canned on “black Monday,” the day in which a handful of NFL coaches each year get fired the day after the season ends.

Lynn did have times of success with the Chargers, leading them to a 12-4 mark in his second second as coach.

He was able to get the team to the AFC Divisional Playoffs before losing to the New England Patriots.

After that season the team has struggled, as they have just 11 victories, and this season have slumped to a 6-9 record.

Austin Ekeler Expected to Play Thursday, WR’s Allen and Williams Game-Time Decisions

The Chargers look like they will have at least one key player when they play in Las Vegas against the Raiders Thursday, as Tom Pelissero from NFL Network reports that running back Austin Ekeler (quadriceps) is expected to play.

Pelissero says that wide outs Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) are true game-time decisions, per sources. Both receivers were sore Sunday and the short week doesn’t help.

The Bolts are 3.5 point underdogs in Las Vegas for the Thursday showdown.

Report: Anthony Lynn’s Job with the Chargers Safe – For Now

Sunday was one of the most painful losses in recent memory for the Chargers, as they were blasted at home by the New England Patriots 45-0.

The Bolts were never in the game, and were clearly outplayed and outcoached, much to the chagrin of the fan base as well as the front office.

With all that, there’s plenty of questions about the future for head coach Anthony Lynn, and if he will return for the 2021 season.

CBS Sports reports that, for now, Lynn’s job is safe, but it sounds more and more unless there’s a turnaround and the team is a LOT more competitive, that Lynn could be shown the door.

The Los Angeles Chargers have lost two straight games and currently reside at the bottom of the AFC West with a 3-9 record, but don’t expect head coach Anthony Lynn to be handed his walking papers anytime soon. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, no Chargers head coaching change is imminent. The organization reportedly has a “tremendous amount of respect” for Lynn and always has. The franchise would prefer to evaluate everything at the end of the year rather than make a quick decision about Lynn’s future.

The Chargers current head coach has had success, as when he came into the organization in 2017 he was able to get the organization to a winning mark of 9-7, and the following year the Bolts went 12-4, and even win a game on the road against the Baltimore Ravens.

Last year the club went backwards, going 5-11 and this season they are 3-9, going just 2-4 on the road and 1-5 at home in Los Angeles.

It’ll be the second straight losing season for Los Angeles, and some think it will be the last season for Lynn when it comes to him coaching the Chargers.

LB Uchenna Nwosu Injures Shoulder, to Miss Possibly Three Weeks

Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu could miss a few weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in Sunday’s 34-28 home win over the New York Jets.

In a report from Aaron Wilson from the Houston Chronicle the Bolts linebacker sprained the AC joint.

The linebacker should miss about three weeks of action for the 3-7 Chargers.

Nwosu’s shoulder injury took place during a sack by teammate linebacker Denzel Perryman. This season Nwosu has 23 tackles, eight quarterback hits, 3.5 sacks and three tackles for loss.