Art of the ordeal: How the LA Chargers have stayed the NFL's unluckiest team

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The hairline of Tom Brady.

A good moment for Pete Carroll.

When it is too much simpler to succeed, the chargers find ways to fail.

They are the consistencies of the NFL.

It is good to see the chargers still anchor our sense of normality in this year of sorrow and uncertainty.

You can see and exhale everything.

All is going to be okay; things will continue as normal.

As usual, the Chargers find a way to load the game up.

A new year, new jerseys, the new quarterback and a good teacher.

It didn't matter all of it.

The loaders are always the loaders.

This squad escaped to a town to eliminate any of the way we still lost the stench, but along the coast it followed.

You missed already this season three 17-point leads.

They lost six points a year, a total of 24.

Their differential rates, minus 11, are horrible but not horrible.

It will suffice to position them at the top of the east NFC.

They are instead rooted on the field of the AFC West, sitting at 2-6, and Anthony Lynn, their coach, thought of going from if,' to 'then.


But as often there is creative understanding of the Chargers Way: Charger-ing.

You're no longer in San Diego.

Philip Rivers isn't anywhere.

Yet the losses to everything they can begin to mount over the span of a week.

The Chargers squad is not poor this year – the Chargers are not always terrible, amusing bad.

The 10-year record for the company is a consistent 88-89.

Strong years, a few mediocre years.

Its average winning margin over this study size of 10 years is 1.6.

They are the concept of mediocrity by the League in several respects.

But the chargers aren't dull or mediocre.

You love sticking to loses and taking a triumph – typically a run-away success – before slowly defeating.

Somehow the inability of the Chargers to attain success was more insidious than Browns or Jets' ruin in the last ten years.

The two were bad – by default a few occasions.

You tried to expect, but it was hoped that a remote, no time line would be developed.

At the moment, the freight traffic – is it good?

– Assume before you drag off the rug as you get up to go to the refrigerator.

Five years down, need a touchdown, no time outs and the field duration to push.

No it's not the meme/cliché which marked the end of the Rivers age.

Justin Herbert had been there on Sunday. It was there.

If in Los Angeles or San Diego, Herbert or Ponds, the Chargers are unwilling to close games in a pathological fashion.

As Lynn took the lead in 2017, the chargers play 12-21 games.

And in the second season of Lynn almost all those near victories came as the Chargers broke the 12-4 mark.

Lynn's squad was a disaster in close games from all sides of it.

There were muffled punts, fumbled and there were interceptions, blown coverages, clock miscalls, and too many missed goals were missed. There are a number of mistakes.

Every game was more diabolical than the previous game.

A elegance was the new version of the collection.

It did not feature one but two Charger classics.

Hebert, the quarterback rookie feeling of the unit, was flawless.

Five were needed to win, and the chargers drove down the field without effort.

Herbert cut and fell down the five-yard line in the Oakland Raiders' Defense.

And then the Chargers do what ever (right?): they flexed out Donald Parham, their narrow 6ft 8in replacement, and targeted him on a pair of fades.

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The first whiffed Herbert and Parham.

The second, though was nailed by the pair.

In one leap, Herbert received and shot.

She springs from Parham.

Bang. Bang. Bang.

The touchdown. The touchdown.

Chargers win. Chargers win.

Anthony Lynn can disable his alerts with LinkedIn.

Nope. - Nope.

Both six replays were needed to prove that Parham didn't finish the grab.

The ball was bobbling.

The call has been reversed.

Chargers lost. Chargers lost.

This happens, time and again.

Perhaps it is a nice yin to the Chargers: a lasting impression of these river-leading teams' awesiness; are they even the non-aggressive, the unpassionate?

Reaching on the inexperienced jackpot quarterback; the strongest mix of uniform helms in football.

Perhaps in the Gatorade there is something.

There are real concrete explanations why it happens.

Anthony Lynn has shown to be a mentor who controls the time of the game perpetually and is plagued by a persistent depression at crucial spots.

The other explanation is that the special teams of Chargers are stinking.

Special team groups are unlikely – read: borderline impossible – to get poor at all.

Even the teams who compete for field goals or bonus points usually have good positions, kicks off or rebounds.

The Chargers are not.

They are the only team in the league in all five special team metrics this season to rate zero.

Football Outsiders view the squad as the worst in the competition, as the squad was last year (32nd by DVOA/efficiency).

In reality, since 2013, the Chargers have not earned a decent score (let alone good) for special teams.

If the special team unit of a team is terrible, anything else transforms into a slog.

Drives sound a little more, each one a little more significant.

No game really is really put off.

The other side is able to score in bits until they start score.

It is impossible to perform on a regular basis to be poor for special teams.

You ought to be flawless on the two sides of the field to succeed in special teams to be bad.

Take the event of last Sunday.

The chargers were not meant to be in this final drive role.

The chargers were muffled in their own half for 8 minutes down by two.

The subsequent raiders were out of the way, but the raiders had a comfortable field objective in the place of the muff.

What could have been an eight minute range in which the chargers might win a field goal (not that it was reliable) and become a touch-down drive.

Justin Herbert's growth would certainly cover a bunch.

For the last 10 years, the losses of chargers have become as poor and as lamentable and as unbearable.

You have the one most significant now this long-standing dream.

There is nothing in sport that brings optimism as the moment of light as you know that a young quarterback is the real deal.

We're ready for the next 20 years, forget this game!

In seven contests, Herbert appeared as special as any rookie starter might potentially be in the mix in advance.

Yet the Charger Way has subsumed even his brilliance until now.

Regardless of how good he performed the remainder of the team and coaching staff couldn't hide.

Maybe his career Arc will pursue the Charger course: he will erupt from the gate until he returns to the definitely average.

There's hope, though.

Hopefully, he would be the player who will pull the team anywhere similar to the bright land from the decade-long purgatory.

And hope is all a foundation of supporters who always will wonder if it causes sports suffering.