Last week the Los Angeles Chargers lost in gut-wrenching fashion to the Dallas Cowboys, 20-17, on a last-second field goal. Chargers star running back Austin Ekeler was not at all amused by how the game ended.
According to NFL Network’s James Palmer, Ekeler immediately addressed the team after the loss. He told the team that their performance was unacceptable and that they beat themselves.
Ekeler made sure to make it clear that he didn’t blame the defense for what happened. He reportedly apologized to them and said that it was the offense that didn’t perform.
The Chargers were limited to one touchdown on offense in the loss. Ekeler was responsible for two of the team’s points, running the ball into the endzone after Justin Herbert’s touchdown pass to Mike Williams.
Austin Ekeler finished the game with 54 rushing yards and 61 receiving yards.
I’m told after the #chargers loss to the #cowboys Austin Ekeler immediately addressed the team. His message was to make sure everyone knew their performance was unacceptable. They beat themselves. He apologized to the defense & made sure they knew the offense didn’t perform
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 26, 2021
The Los Angeles Chargers have had a rough time finding the endzone through the first two games this season. Their 37 points through two games ranked in the bottom 10 of the league.
But turnovers have been an issue. They have four of them through the first two games, which also ranks among the worst in the league.
The Chargers have plenty of time to turn things around on all sides of the ball. But there is no room for error over the next few weeks.
Will the Chargers take Austin Ekeler’s message to heart?