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Chargers: Nine moments leading to 4-7 start

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 15: Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions intercepts a fourth quarter pass in front of Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 15: Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions intercepts a fourth quarter pass in front of Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the sidelines during a 19-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the sidelines during a 19-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Chargers are 4-7 through 11 weeks, and have to regroup during the bye to make a playoff push. Here are the moments that led to this record.

The Chargers were projected to be more 7-4 than 4-7, but here they sit with the latter record. Was it injuries, bad luck, poor personnel decisions, or turnovers? The answer: Yes, to all of it.

So how did they get here? What are the defining moments of the season, both before it began and during the 11 weeks of the regular season the Chargers have endured so far? Here’s nine moments that led to their 4-7 record.

Chargers moment: Chargers select Jerry Tillery at No. 28

As many have stated since the moment Tillery was drafted, it’s less about what the young defensive tackle is and will be and more about the position he wasn’t: Offensive tackle (or even offensive guard). No. 99 will develop and become a fine player in this league, particularly when he has a full offseason without an injury ailing him and forcing him out of most practices and preseason games.

However, there is no denying the tackle situation has been dreadful for most of the season, though half the blame is due in large part to an unpredictable medical issue (more on that later). Is it too bold to say the Chargers would have had one or more wins had they gone with an offensive lineman instead of Tillery?

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