The Chargers have found their identity as a football team in this league.
"We're 2-0 in the second quarter," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn shouted to his team after a 17-16 win in Oakland against the Raiders on Sunday. "It’s a new beginning, we’re moving forward," Lynn continued.
Those words were apropos in the aftermath of the Chargers second victory of the season. Several weeks elapsed as the team searched for answers, formulas, algorithms -- anything to get their first win. Lynn remained steadfast and optimistic with a strong belief in his talented players, that not even a California earthquake could shake him of his faith. After surviving the Giants in New York, it became clear to the team that anything is truly possible. The Bolts never gave up on themselves throughout the 0-4 stretch.
As a first year head coach, Lynn understood the expectation of the franchise in a new market like Los Angeles would be high. His team losing three games within three points or less was very frustrating for Lynn and his staff.
One message was clear, as long as they fight, in the words of Kendrick Lamar "we gon' be alright!" While many of the media plotted on their downfall in Los Angeles and San Diego, some of us in the media still believed in Lynn's message of hope, while they were in a vortex of alienation.
Sunday’s game against the Raiders also proved that Lynn's philosophy could also be fine tuned. While many were focused on the inconsistent play of quarterback Philip Rivers (and they should), the staff made sure to utilize the talents of running back Melvin Gordon, the tenacity of tight end Hunter Henry, and the nose to the grind attitude of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram on defense.
Rivers struggled at various points and times, but also took Lynn's philosophy to heart, and it worked.
Whether they have a 50/50 fan base at Stub Hub Center, the win at home against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, could propel the Bolts as one of the most dangerous teams in the AFC. With Denzel Perryman's return from injury just weeks away, we may all witness an against all odds attitude be executed in the realist form.
With approximately eleven weeks remaining in the grueling NFL season, the Bolts remain focused on not just winning, but earning the respect as team that could put it all together on the field. Finally closing the mouths of their doubters for a very long time.
"It's a new beginning. We're moving forward!"
Coach Lynn delivered another �� postgame victory speech. pic.twitter.com/EWFMSaCIAh
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) October 16, 2017
Paraphrasing a quote from the late great Tupac Shakur, do you believe in God, then believe in these Los Angeles Chargers! Lynn does and over the course of time, you may too.