Chargers notebook: Offensive line, Austin Ekeler’s usage, playcalling

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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Scott Quessenberry #61 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on prior to the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The big questions are being asked now by Los Angeles Chargers fans.

It’s been a tough three-game stretch. A 2-2 record felt fine, the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions aren’t slouches. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, and Denver Broncos, are. What is the combined record of those three teams? It’s 7-13. That would be more along the lines of 4-16 if the Chargers had anything to say about it. They didn’t, so here they are.

That said, there are reasons to be optimistic but first, things need to clean up. Fast. There is no more time, there can be only two more losses at the absolute most for the rest of the season. This is it. The Chargers now are stuck playing every game like they are in the playoffs. A record of 2-5 is not a good place to be.

Again, there are reasons to be optimistic. Russell Okung is returning, Scott Quessenberry looked fantastic at center, and Hunter Henry looks fantastic. The offense is coming together, except for one thing, we’ll talk about that later.

The defense is improving, the pass rush is getting home and the run defense is vastly improved, but some things need to change still. So, let’s get into this notebook.

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