A Look at the 2017 Chargers Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 San Diego Chargers Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 11 at Denver Broncos (Mon) 7:20 PM

Sep. 17 Miami Dolphins 1:05 PM

Sep. 24 Kansas City Chiefs 1:25 PM

Oct. 1 Philadelphia Eagles 1:05 PM

Oct. 8 at New York Giants 10:00 AM

Oct. 15 at Oakland Raiders 1:25 PM

Oct. 22 Denver Broncos 1:25 PM

Oct. 29 at New England Patriots 10:00 AM

Nov. 5 BYE

Nov. 12 at Jacksonville Jaguars 10:00 AM

Nov. 19 Buffalo Bills 1:05 PM

Nov. 23 at Dallas Cowboys (Thu) 1:30 PM

Dec. 3 Cleveland Browns 1:05 PM

Dec. 10 Washington Redskins 1:05 PM

Dec. 16 at Kansas City Chiefs (Sat) 5:25 PM

Dec. 24 at New York Jets 10:00 AM

Dec. 31 Oakland Raiders 1:25 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: After an opening day game against the Rival Broncos, the Chargers have three straight at home, three games that could get this young team off to a quick start provided they can play well in their new surroundings. The Chiefs in the third week is an early key game.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: If the Bolts are going to make any sort of playoff push, they will have to do it on the road, as two of their final three games will be away from Los Angeles against the Chiefs on Christmas Day and then against the Jets in a final trip out East.

Philip Rivers Not Opposed to Chargers Taking a QB In Upcoming NFL Draft

With Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn telling reporters at the NFL owners meeting last week that he wanted to add a young quarterback to the position group, veteran signal-caller Philip Rivers said he wasn’t totally opposed to the idea, Eric Williams of ESPN.com reports.

The Chargers held private workouts with QB draft prospects Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech and Josh Dobbs from Tennessee. Team representatives also have attended the pro days of Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer.

“We’re going to at some point,” Rivers said. “I’m not going to be here forever. And part of this business if you look around the league — in New England they’ve drafted a handful of guys the last few years, and they’ve got one of the best to ever play. And it looks like he’s still got a lot left in the tank.

“That’s just one example, and there’s been many. I think that’s just part of it. I certainly don’t fear that day when that comes, whatsoever. But I don’t take it as my role, ‘Oh we draft a young guy so get him ready.’ But at the same time, I enjoy sharing things I’ve learned and letting a young guy see how I’ve done things. And at the same time, shoot, I’m always going to compe

New Chargers Coach Lynn: “I Would Never Call Myself a Players’ Coach”

In a recent interview with ESPN, new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn was asked about the “players’ coach” title, which was often readily bestowed upon Rex Ryan before his brand of coaching became wildly unpopular, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports. Lynn served as Ryan’s running backs coach, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator from 2009-2016.

“I would never call myself a players’ coach,” Lynn said. “But I think the real players, they crave the discipline. They crave the accountability, and that’s what I’m going to hold you to.

“We’re going to operate that way. And guys that don’t like it, they won’t be around.”

Remember that discipline was a buzzword throughout Ryan’s two-year tenure in Buffalo.

Lynn added: “Players have always played hard for me. I feel like I’ve always got the most out of players. But I’ll be honest with you — I have got the most out of them because of fear. I don’t have a lot of players calling me, asking me how I’m doing. But Rex has the personality where guys call him all of the time.

“I’m probably more balanced now because I’ve been around Rex. My mom used to say you deal in truth and grace. And I probably demonstrate a little more grace with my players right now. And when you do that, they appreciate it so much. I think the relationship becomes more relational than just professional.”

Lynn is hoping this hybrid philosophy works. Or, as Lynn put it, “the big market will turn on your ass if you don’t win.”

Chargers Hire Former Falcons DC Richard Smith as New LB Coach

The Chargers announced that ex-Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith has been hired as linebackers coach, Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego reports.

Smith, 61, was fired by the Falcons last week. He was the Falcons’ defensive coordinator for the last two seasons. His NFL coaching career began in 1988 with previous defensive coordinator stints in Miami and Houston.

Chargers Hire Longtime Vikings Receivers Coach George Stewart

The Vikings will need to hire another assistant on offense as receivers coach George Stewart has reportedly accepted a new job with the Chargers after 10 seasons in Minnesota, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Stewart will be the Chargers new special teams coordinator under head coach Anthony Lynn, according to Sporting News. Stewart coached Lynn during his first season in San Francisco in 1996. Stewart got his NFL start as a special teams coach, leading units in Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and San Francisco before coaching 49ers receivers in the early 2000s, including Terrell Owens.

Stewart has coached receivers ever since, joining the Vikings in 2007. During his tenure in Minnesota, three receivers made the Pro Bowl in Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice and Cordarrelle Patterson. Their two leading receivers last season were Adam Thielen, an undrafted free agent, and Stefon Diggs, a fifth-round pick. Stewart was the second-longest tenured Vikings assistant coach behind Kevin Stefanski, who has moved to quarterbacks coach.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon Somehow Feels Fans in San Diego Will Accept the Team Again

Chargers Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon has an interesting perspective on the team’s move from San Diego to Los Angeles, James Walker of ESPN.com reports.

“I don’t think we’re going to lose everyone in San Diego,” Gordon told ESPN Friday. “I really don’t think of it like that. I just think of it as we’re on a break — like a relationship. You know? But she’ll be back and we will be back. We will be back together. That’s how I look at it.” That’s a good thought, just like playing casino games at 12bet.

There has been plenty of outrage and backlash from San Diego fans since Chargers owner Dean Spanos decided to relocate to Los Angeles on January 12th after 56 years of being in San Diego.

The primary reason was due to the Chargers being unable to get public funding to build a new stadium to replace Qualcomm Stadium, a stadium that really does need to be updated, but also at the same time was playable for teams around the league. They even have had Super Bowls at the stadium over the years.

Gordon said there is a helpless feeling among Chargers players when it comes to the fans of San Diego.

“We can’t stop it. We can’t help it or help the situation,” Gordon said. “So speaking on it don’t really make the San Diegans feel any better. But we do feel for them to say the least.

“You feel for them, but it’s out of our control. As players, we can’t do anything about it. You got to deal with the cards you’ve been dealt with.”

Gordon is insane to have that feeling that folks are going to embrace the Chargers after leaving the city. Even in Los Angeles with the Rams this season, it was not exactly easy for the Rams to get a huge fan base, as the team wasn’t all that good, and by the end of the year people seemed to be staying away.

The Chargers running back is going to see quite quickly how the fans in Los Angeles react to teams that are not very good. Just ask the Rams players from 2016.

If the Chargers come out and win, people are going to come, and those in San Diego will still feel shunned as they had their team ripped away from them. There’s really no other way to look at it.

Gordon needs to accept that, and move on with the team as it is now in Los Angeles.

Chargers Set to Hire Anthony Lynn as New Head Coach

Anthony Lynn

The Chargers are planning to hire former Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn as their next head coach, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Eric Williams of ESPN.com.

A deal is “unofficial, but in the works,” a source tells ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Lynn would be the Chargers’ 16th head coach in franchise history and the team’s first African-American head coach. He had a second interview scheduled with the Chargers on Thursday.

Lynn, 48, was one of six candidates initially interviewed by the Chargers. The others included Sean McDermott, hired as the Bills head coach, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith, Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

Chargers at Browns NFL Week 16 Inactives

Here are today’s inactives for the Browns and Chargers at First Energy Stadium with kickoff set for 1pm Eastern.

Chargers: RB Melvin Gordon, T King Dunlap, C Max Tuerk, TE Asante Cleveland, CB Craig Mager, WR Jeremy Butler, DT Kaleb Eulls

Browns: QB Kevin Hogan, DE Tyrone Holmes, C Gabe Ikard, QB Josh McCown, DT Stephen Paea, DT Gabe Wright