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Getting to know the Los Angeles Chargers

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August 28, 2019 - 9:59 am
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By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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The San Francisco 49ers will wrap up their 2019 preseason schedule on Thursday night at home in Levi’s Stadium when they host the Los Angeles Chargers. The Niners are 3-0 in the preseason while the Chargers are 0-3 in their preparation games.

Preseason records are not an accurate predictor of regular season results, but they can sometimes be reason for concern. As you might expect, the Chargers coaching staff and management are taking a “move on – nothing to see here” approach to their 0-3 record.

The Melvin Gordon troubles

The Chargers star running back has not been to training camp this year. Gordon declared that he would not be putting on a Chargers uniform until he received a new contract, and that has not happened as of today.

According to Ian Rapport, the Gordon holdout will continue into the regular season because contract talks have not progressed. For now, Gordon will stay in Florida and continue training on his own.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says the sides are still millions of dollars apart from reaching an agreement. Reportedly, Gordon is looking for $13 million per season while the Chargers have offered $10 million. Supposedly, the Chargers have offered to add in incentives to increase the value of the contract. Gordon only wants to hear about guaranteed money.

Some experts think the Chargers will be fine if they proceed without Gordon on the roster. Their 0-3 preseason record says the Chargers may want to reevaluate their position. A running back capable of gaining 1000 yards on the ground and 500 yards receiving is not a player who can be replaced easily.

The Gordon saga could have a major influence on the outcome of the Chargers season in 2019.

Head Coach Anthony Lynn on the loss preseason to Seattle

Lynn did not think there was much to get excited about in the first three quarters. He did think that QB Easton Stick did a good job moving the offense in the fourth quarter. For now, Stick is listed as the number four QB on the Chargers depth chart.

The head coach was fairly satisfied with his first-team defense. He was really pleased by the execution of his second-team defense. He thought they played pretty well.

Lynn thought that his special teams contributed a little bit. He liked the way they finished.

“I liked the way they finished. It’s a resilient group and that’s what you expect to see, (there’s) no quit in this team, expect us to get the job done and we did not get that done,” said Lynn.

Lynn on his personnel plan versus the 49ers

QB Rotation

Cardale Jones is going to start the game for the Chargers. He is currently the number three QB on the depth chart. At some point, Easton Stick will get a chance to play. As of Tuesday, only Jones and Stick will see playing time.

Tyrod Taylor – the primary backup to Philip Rivers – is not expected to see any action on Thursday night against the 49ers.

It’s about roster spots 46 to 53

Just like the 49ers, the Chargers know who they want to keep on the team for the most part. The tough decisions now must made about who do you keep in those final active spots and who do you try to convince to join your practice squad? Do you keep six running backs or go with extra defensive end?

Coach Lynn summarized the cutdown days very eloquently. “I wish someone could teach me or tell me how to approach that because these Friday and Saturday are the worst two days of the year for me. [We’ve> got to cut the roster down to 53 and that’s going to be hard to do. Some of these young men have been elite their whole entire life. They’ve never been cut from anything. Some of the emotions that take place — it’s tough. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it, but it’s got to be done.”

Coach Lynn on his team’s 0-3 preseason record

“It does matter. It’s a game. They keep score for a reason and we want to come out on top. I made a decision before camp that there were certain guys that were not going to play, and some guys that were going to play but not very much. I looked at our team last year at the end of the season, I thought we were a little tired. We had some injuries here and there and some guys were worn down. I just feel like it’s going to help in the long run.”

For you wagers out there

The Westgate Superbook has the 49ers as the favorites -4.5 points. The over/under is currently set at 33.5 points. The money line has the Niners at -210 (bet $210 to win $100) and the Chargers at +175 (bet $100 and win $175 if LAC wins).

Listen to the game

You can hear all the action of the Chargers vs. the 49ers on ESPN 1320 with the kickoff scheduled for 7:00 PM.

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