Heartbreaking news today at Chargers HQ’s as Brandon Mebane disclosed the loss of their daughter. No words seem to be appropriate or enough to give to someone who has lost a child.
As a journalist or reporter it is my job to report what’s going on however as a person who loves people and honors their privacy during difficult times it’s a challenging one to navigate, as it was today at the Chargers.
In the presser Coach Lynn was asked about the status of Mebane for Sunday vs. Patriots, he said he’s working today and expecting him to play, unless something happens.
I saw Brandon in the locker room I stopped to shake his hand, believing that it was a good sign to see him, and say that my prayers are still with him and his family. I had no idea that his daughter had passed last Thursday, no one did at this point.
As things proceeded in the locker room, as they do with different media interviewing different players, Brandon’s locker became swamped with five times the amount of media for practice than normal, he was surrounded, too many to try and get close. This is when he disclosed the heartbreaking news that his 7-week old daughter Makenna, died Thursday.
“I’m still thankful, and I thank God every day,” Mebane said. “I still pray. We’re taking it one day at a time.”
I had honored his privacy today, I just welcomed him back and shared my continued prayers being a very sensitive and personal manner with his family, and what they have endured the last 7 weeks with his infant daughter in the hospital, but he did share his heartbreak.
Words are hard to come by with the passing of Brandon Mebane’s infant daughter, Makenna.
We are heartbroken.
Please join us in keeping Brandon, and his family, in your thoughts and prayers.
Chargers loss a case of one less vs. Broncos but the sky is not falling.
One less mistake, one less penalty and one made PAT or special teams play and they would have won. This was their first game back at home since October 7th, that is in 5 weeks, but came up short by one 23-22 Broncos.
Won the coin toss once again, Joey Bosa’s first game of the year, but the 6 game winning streak was haulted.
14 penalties for 140 yards, one negating an INT, another successful fake punt for their opponent, and a failed conversion gave the Chargers their first loss since September 23rd vs. the LA Rams.
But the sky isn’t falling the Chargers still find themselves only 2 games back from the Chiefs and tied with the Patriots & Texans with the second best record in the AFC and in the number one spot in the wildcard (yet we aren’t even in December).
Penalties, special teams errs and . Had Philip Rivers taken a sack, the Chargers run on 3rd and 7 and we would be taking about another gritty win. All the variables one brings up after a loss, the what if game.
But despite the loss … the good point (no one will agree) one got a loss out of the way, they had an off day, but more directly so, a big slap to tighten up before they fly to Heinz Field ( 12/2) and Arrowhead (12/13) in the coming few weeks to face The Steelers and The Chiefs.
Third most penalized team in the NFL.
the hype or anticipation of Joey Bosa has been documented he made an impact, but wasn’t the messiah ( which is ridiculous to put on anyone) . This defense has been stellar without him, but need him now and he did show the brilliant impact the number 1 draft Ohio state player can add to this roster.
Anthony Lynn on Bosa: “I thought he looked good from the sideline. On a couple snaps I saw him edge rush, but I’ll know more when I watch the tape”.
Another loss on the day, Corey Luiget, however the next man up mentality is prevalent and productive with this stellar adaptable defense and Darius Philon will step up once again.
Chargers rack up more miles in the air, but this game will be on the ground.
A somewhat delusional month or 2 week bye feeling for Chargers. Not only on the road non-stop from Cleveland to London with a game commencing at 6:30AM PST followed by a bye week. It has felt almost like a 2 week bye add Halloween follow with another business trip to Seattle and the Bolts have played on the road the entire second quarter.
The road trip winning Chargers have been flying under the radar a little, which suits this team as they sit at 5-2. Let me remind you their only 2 losses were to the 7-1 Chiefs and the 8-0 Rams. Bolts find themselves with the 3rd best record in all the AFC behind the Chiefs (7-1) and the Patriots (6-1). In all the NFL they are tied with two other teams with the fourth overall record at (5-2) Panthers and Redskins.
I hate to use a comparison from another team but Todd Gurley going down before a gimme TD illustrated complete unselfishness and true team move, that’s what I see in this Chargers team! I can’t, but we can mentality, a true team.
Milestone for Philip Rivers on Sunday, toughness personified as this one is really special. Philip will have his 200th consecutive start! Beyond awing, and will join a very short list of QBs; Brett Farve, Peyton and Eli Manning.
Of all of Philip Rivers’ notable accomplishments, the milestone he’ll set on Sunday tops the list.
“I always thought of all the things in the pros, that would be the one (I’d want to beat).”
The last time Rivers played in Seattle (2010), he threw for 455 yards which is the second most passing yards of his career. But almost more importantly his respect from his teammates. I’ve spoke on his demeanor shift or this more calm or less worrisome face, his love for football and this team somehow appears even stronger this season. There is a playfulness in him, in his body language, it has even been illustrated and captured in celebration photos, another thing I’ve not seen, not this way at least.
Melvin Gordon on Philip Rivers: “He’s out there playing chess. And when you’re a master at chess, and you know what moves are made before they’re made, it’s kind of hard for people to beat you.”
At CenturyLink yes, home field advantage always an asset for Hawks and the 12s are LOUD! Both share in a few similarities the first a sad one, loss of their owners’ Alex Spanos and Paul Allen this last month and both wear decals on their helmets. Secondly they see themselves in the two best divisions, trailing the NFL’s top two teams and both seem to have to prove themselves despite their records and streaks. Add the loss to the Rams and lastly have shared DC Gus Bradley, which in my mind nullifies any advantage.
Defensive minded Hc Pete Carroll vs Offensive minded HC Anthony Lynn.
Seattle struggled early in this season, but have looked to find their stride with a 2-win streak, 4 out of 5 wins, including a 2-pt loss to division rival Rams and a big win at Ford Stadium vs. the Lions last week.
Chargers come in to continue their 4-win streak and come with a restful bye week. Fourteen days since they have played along with racking up flight miles and add to their month long of road trips with a total of 11,229 miles, Cleveland to London and back to Orange County adding a mere 978 miles to Seattle to total 12,207 for the quarter and that includes a bye week! Headed to the northeast a quick flight comparatively to their flying month.
Pressure, pressure, and more pressure on QB Russell Wilson, I’m sure Gus Bradley has it all set in stone (and don’t forget he also was at Seattle with Pete as DC, knowing how he thinks) however you have to believe the same true for Pete Carroll knowing how Gus thinks).
Brandon Mebane also a connection , this however I believe more vital as the vet will lead the defense with vengeance. There is a bit of revenge there. No Bosa, but Bolts are fairing well without him, just think how his contribution will impact when he returns however.
This should be a close game, the spread indicating Seattle (-2).
Chargers can handle noise and a hostile environment, they come with rest, a prolific offense, a bonus love from London fans along with time with their families, as well as a special cohesiveness and comradery with the team.
Look for Ekeler to have a prolific game, more so with catch and runs, and Gordon, (although listed as questionable that is usually a yes) with a productive day on the ground. Both Williams and Keenan Allen impacting with a big game, as well. Seahawks will most likely be attentive to all the threats that the Chargers have, but there are just too many weapons to cover. But this game most likely will be on the ground as rain and a wet field will be prevalent. Along with a physical disruptive defense and a special teams whom have found consistency.
Weather at CenturyLink Field for kick off rain and a wet field forcasted! Chargers have cohesiveness but on the flip side Seahawks have seemed to gel, as well and have their Legion of Boom.
Both teams find themselves in the 2 toughest divisions trailing the NFL’s top 2 teams and both looking to continue and add to their W columns. Injury reports (as of Friday)
OUT: Joey Bosa, Christopher Landrum, Kyzir White.
Questionable: Melvin Gordon
Doubtful: Jordan Simmons & Neiko Thorpe
Questionable: Chris Carson, Bradley McDougald, K.J. Wright
Chargers head to Cleveland to face America’s new favorite sweethearts the stars of HBO’s Hard Knocks, but the Bolts don’t see them as darlings.
If you have football Tourette’s as I do you also watched it, and if your the kind of person or sucker I am you wished they could just get a win, learn or relearn how to. Just like how life sometimes is hard with multiple adversities hit you, you start to expect the shoe to drop, on a personal note I know I have had to shift my thinking to get thru similar hard times. Human interest or the common rooting for the perpetual underdog, is obsolete in this scenario, the Browns first win this season was the first in 635 days when they beat the Chargers on Christmas Eve 2016.
It’s not a trap game, not for LA. Although many variables have changed in those days (635) the exclamation point of loosing to the win-less Browns on Christmas Eve is not forgotten and will not be overlooked.
Chargers played their most complete game this season vs. the Raiders last Sunday and are 3-2. Rank in top offense with yards, both rushing & passing. Phillip Rivers showcasing something special with this team as epitomized Sunday with the celebration TD photo! Quite a rarity! Something cool is brewing with this offense or gelling.
Chargers have experience and success with new quarterback’s ( Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and C.J Beathard) whom also come with little film, they’ve been able to contain, disrupt and pressure them successfully. And vs the run last week the defense contained Marshawn Lynch to 31 yards, Sunday they will face Carlos Hyde.
The special teams woes addressed with the reuniting of former Eagles teammates, the addition of Donnie Jones last week however Caleb Sturgis may be out on Sunday and Michael Badgley is on stand by.
The kicking game is one aspect that these two teams have had in common one that both teams have had issues with this season.
The Browns who started the season not with a loss but a tie are at 2-2-1. They have a new king at the helm number one draft pick Baker Mayfield coming in with 3 TDs and 3 INTs whom made his debut in their first win. Sunday will be his third start, although the hype has been on him, Browns defense led by DC Greg Williams are first in the NFL in takeaways with 15.
The Browns are 2nd in rushing and their defense 12th allowing 22.9 points a game (reminder they contained Drew Brees and the Saints to 21 points in the 3-point loss). They handed the Ravens their 2nd loss and the Steelers a tie in OT. This team has some grit and probably the most loyal fan base in the NFL, ones whom no matter what the record or the temperatures are at FirstEnergy Stadium. They have a new mascot as well whom showed up at their first win vs. the Jets, a possum, another showed in their win vs. the Ravens.
A few connections
Adrian Phillips played against Baker Mayfield when he was at Texas Tech and Chargers are familiar with Todd Hailey (KC HC 2009-11 and OC Steelers 2012-2017).
IMO prediction: Chargers win, no way they go back into Cleveland with this group and not come out with win.
Chargers (2-2) and Raiders (1-3) reunite in LA, both have had their share of LA as their title, however this one is the Chargers. I also am reuniting with the blogging so please bare with me as this will be all over the board, a quick whip around, just so I get my rhythm rolling, so hear it goes!
This will be the second time in decades that the match up is in Los Angeles, with either as the host team, obviously last year was at the Stubhub Center, but the last time that the LA Chargers hosted before last year was November 27th 1960 where the LA Chargers walloped the Oakland Raiders 52-28, and the final time before The Raiders departure from LA, The San Diego Chargers edged over the LA Raiders 26-24 September 25th, 1994.
This rivalry started November 27th 1960 since the two have met up 117 times including 1 playoff and combined have been in multiple cities, the Raiders lead the series 63-52-1 however the Chargers hold the longest win streak (2003-2009) along with the current win streak of 2 (2017).
Oakland has a new head coach as you know, John Gruden at the helm, whom finally had his first win in nearly 10 years, even though the Raiders play with passion on the field they have shown an inability to finish games, that is until last Sunday vs. the Browns, where the received their first W in OT in the 2018 season.
Chargers came out with a W vs. the Niners, putting them at 500 but perhaps not as big as what was forecasted however many positives, but a few struggles, third down conversions and the kicking game slightly dimed the positives.
Inside the NFL kicked off their highlights this week with the fantastic NFL Films with Mic’D Up Phillip Rivers, pretty fabulous! If you didn’t get a chance to see it here it is for your viewing and listening pleasure.
Philip Rivers said that it was more balance of an offense, I have seen something else a more of a je ne sais quoi something I can’t put my finger on but, it definitely looks like there’s some cohesiveness
and a bit more of a relaxed demeanor for Phillip on the field and in his pressers.
He seems just more at ease, less strained maybe the last few years mayhem or change surrounding the moving, commute, the new city and a temporary stadium struggles have finally ebbed, but there just seems to be something different with Philip Rivers -something I haven’t seen in the 11 years I have been covering the team.
The cohesiveness with this offense coupled with the duel threat productivity in the run.
The physicality and passion in Melvin Gordon’s running, not by mistake he’s out there doing foot drills daily and has been strengthening his leg throughout the off season, (Great piece by Sam at the Athletic). And then the other half Austin Ekeler with great hands, catch and runs as well as his ability to utilize suggestions from his coaches are visibly seen.
Couple that or triple it with the big presence of Mike Pouncey and add the receivers sharing the catches and the blocking duties for the run.
All seem to be ingredients of a TEAM, no “I”, a strength of unity perhaps by a challenging few years with the move and the double edged sword of living in a place where most any away teams fans would want to come visit and take over the stadium.
Rivers has had a big stretch of success vs the Raiders actually the longest win streak between the two, and then a hiccup since last season and currently with a 2 win streak vs. Oakland.
Gus Bradley was LB coach Under Gruden at Tampa, Anthony Lynn friend of Gruden since NY days ( Presser) but the biggest one in my eyes is NT Brendan Mebane and RB Marshawn Lynch former team mates and vets both at Cal during a very special time and SB Champs with the Seattle Seahawks. There is something to practicing against some one on the daily, plus there is a long history.
At age 32, Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch hasn’t lost his touch. “He’s a lion. He just refuses to ever die. He refuses to ever let anything else beat him. He is the apex predator. Period. He’s a freak show.” https://t.co/MhdiGGBBi1
Shift with Special Teams, Chargers announced that they had released Punter Drew Kaiser ( whom was also the holder) brought in retired P and SB Champion Donnie Jones
Coach Lynn spoke on shaking things up a bit with the crucial holding position and brings in a familiarity with former team mates, both having played for the Eagles last year that and the fact that he is an experienced holder and Punter. Donnie Jones had retired after the SB, so prior to his calls, or I should I say missed calls from his agent he had been at Home Depot getting Halloween decorations, that evening he was on a flight to LA and signed the following day.
Hayley Elwood spoke with him on Wednesday on the last 24 hours.
Welcome back to DT Corey Luiget who returns after his 4 week suspension, his presence will be visibly seen and the team announced Saturday he was activated for Sundays Game and to make room, Chargers waived DT T.Y.McGill, whom has not played.
Gruden’s complimentary praises to Rivers, and Derwin James, even on Bosa, whom will not be playing on Sunday.
WR Travis Benjamin (foot), * to miss 2-3 weeks
On how Raiders plan to contain Rivers and company…….
Paul Guenther asked if his DBs are fast enough to limit big plays:
“Well we got what we got. We gotta do the best job with what we’ve got right now.”
ICYMI: Tuesday Michael Gehlken joined me on the the Desiree Show, he shares a very unique perspective having covered both teams, former UT SD beat reporter for the SD Chargers and currently Raiders beat reporter for the Las Vegas Review.
Take a listen if you missed it!
Chargers find a way to get their 3rd win at Stubhub despite it most likely being a mini sea of the Black Hole, continue their streak at get to 3-2, before hitting a 4 week road tour.
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INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM with Désirée
Join me for this weekly locker room visit at the Chargers HQs
Hoag Performance Center in Costa Mesa.
It’s odds and ends, the third dimension, b-day cheers, games, some stats, high school & college roots and more, Its fun, quick and RAW.
Essentially a little get-to-know some of these LA Chargers players.
Join me weekly for this special on the Desiree Show
Welcome to ITL INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM with Desiree.
A few weeks ago I was granted the opportunity to come to the Chargers on a regular, weekly basis.
My intent and it still is to cover the team on all my platforms, a weekly quick hits on The Desiree SHOW on Dash Radio including locker room interviews, blog entries, social media posts and in addition I came up with a fun idea.
Having the opportunity to have access is something I am super grateful for. I have covered the Chargers on many levels throughout the last 9-10 years, from shooting still photos for ESPN the Magazine, KUSI Sports for TV coverage, multiple media outlets for events on all giving back the Chargers do for the community, helping document, via photos and words or packages for KUSI-PPR among other outlets and obviously for The Desiree SHOW.
I thought that it would be pretty cool to let you all get to know some of these players on a different level from inside the locker room, with that I would like to welcome you to ITL!
Join me for this weekly locker room visit at the Hoag Performance Center in Costa Mesa, The Chargers HQ’s.
It’s odds and ends, the third dimension, birthday cheers, games, some stats, high school & college roots and more…. It’s fun, quick and raw.
Essentially a little get-to-know some of these LA Chargers players.
Join me weekly for this special only on The Desiree Show.
Warm thanks to all the Chargers PR Department and to all the players whom have given me time and to those who will in the future.
Also, would like to once again thank the ever so talented Mark Penxa for the art, I did make some changes, but he designed the Desiree SHOW logo, this one I have kept and found that it worked perfectly for this special on my show with one quick addition.
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Last Day of Chargers Training Camp & Joint Practices with the Saint.
Costa Mesa, CA
Beautiful day in Costa Mesa at Jack Hammett Sport Complex where theLos Angeles Chargers hosted the New Orleans Saints for a second day of group practices many fans, media and player’s families in attendance. The set up truly beautiful with regal white pillowy shade canopies for the fans and media, although many fans made their way as close to the field as possible to take in all the action.
This was my first time at Jack Hammett and my first time back since OTA’s in May this year. As to be expected a special buzz of excitement as football is back and week 3 of the Preseason is here and kicks off tonight with the Browns hosting the Eagles. Saturday the vibe will be different, as Chargers will host the Saints at Stubhub Center 5 PM PST for game 3 of the Preseason.
One of the special things about Training Camps is that families are present, and that fans have the unique closeness to their rooting teams.
Another is the bond from college that go beyond the line of scrimmage for life. Football truly is family! Throw in two head coaches, Anthony Lynn and Sean Payton whom have a history both working under Bill Parcel’s for the Cowboys, 2 Quarterbacks Phillip Rivers and Drew Brees whom have a strong long bond connecting to their families. Alabama BCS champion teammates Damion Square and Mark Ingram and even Coach Payton’s daughter Meghan shadowing Chargers Team Reporter Hayley Elwood. That’s just part of the special atmosphere that happened on Thursday for the joint practice.
Scrimmages make for a real quality connect as well, not just for the players, but also to the fans. For the players it is a chance to compete with another pro team and for the fans it’s well, just exciting, plus they get to get some autographs of their favorite players and be really close to the action.
Chargers second round draft pick, Trojan and rookie Uchenna Nwosa spoke on his first scrimmage,
” It’s kind of cool to be able to go against another professional team in practice I’ve never had that happen before, to be able to get that field atmosphere, see how things go around, fans come out and watch it’s all a great feeling. I just try to embrace it and come here prepared to work.”
– Uchenna Nwosa
Although Saturday’s Exhibition game at StubHub between the two will be disparate, passions will be flying for prospective players having the chance to make it on the field vying to make an important impact on coaches to make the final 53-man roster. Normally teams that have scrimmages play starters minimally, but because it is week 3, Anthony Lynn stated his intentions were to play the number ones for 30 plays or a half as the starters won’t play that much the final preseason game in San Francisco next Thursday.
“We are still going to play our starters 30 plays, a half, we are still going to do that, it just happens to be the third game.
Usually when you practice against a team you can pull them back a little bit, but we need to see those guys play a little bit, because they won’t play much the following week.”
The cut from 90 to 53 is coming soon, September 1st. This year marks the second year to have one cut vs. the older 2 cut scenario. As you all know there are many competitions going on to make an active roster, for the Chargers a few specific battles going on, the kicking game probably at 1, at number 2 the Backup QB, along with the RBs and who will fill the void without Antonio Gates or Hunter Henry?
I will assume if your reading this that your aware that the ‘easiest spot’ to get on an active roster is on Special Teams.
As visually seen last Saturday vs. the SeahawksJ.J. Jones made an impact with his 72 yard punt return for 6, and a combined total of returns (kick and punt) of 114 yards, he also received quite a few fans at the scrimmage.
RB Rookie Detrez Newsome also making an impact last week with 19 carries for 78 yards.
I asked Detrez what it was like walking out to play his first NFL game vs. Cardinals, he smiled
“I’m not gonna lie, I was nervous one, as all no way, but as soon as I got the first contact I was all good, that’s all I need was that first contact to get me in the zone.”
Super excited to be able to bring you weekly coverage on the Chargers both on and off the field, from x’s and o’s to giving back and everything in between!
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