The LA Chargers needed to have more fun.
That was the message that defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley had after the team fell to 2-4 on the season with a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. In response, per Daniel Popper of The Athletic, the Chargers formed a celebration committee in an effort to have more fun on the field while celebrating each other.
That committee had plenty of celebrating to do in its first game against the Chicago Bears in Week 8. The Chargers comfortably beat the Bears on primetime and the hope was that the team could continue that momentum into the next week against the New York Jets.
Los Angeles certainly continued that momentum as the Bolts locked down their second-consecutive blowout win on primetime. There was plenty of fun to be had as the defense was flying around the field and making life miserable for Zach Wilson and the Jets' offense. The fun didn't stop there, though, as the Chargers went into the locker room and celebrated the team's hard-fought win in a way that the team has not celebrated in recent years.
The Chargers locker room certainly is not lost
There were concerns that head coach Brandon Staley lost the Chargers locker room after the team fell to 2-4 against the Chiefs. Austin Ekeler's odd response to whether or not the team believed in Staley got the conversation started and it looked like it was a ticking time bomb for Staley.
Alas, the Chargers have won two games in a row and this does not look like a locker room that is lost. This is a group of guys who obviously love each other and are playing for each other and that is incredible to see after what this team has gone through over the last two years.
It might seem like a trivial celebration. After all, the Chargers are still only 4-4 and are on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. But the NFL is a grueling league and wins can be hard to come by. Seeing the team celebrate like this can only lead to good things, and may provide the momentum that this group needs to pick up wins down the stretch.
This is exactly the kind of content that Chargers fans have been itching to see out of this group; any sign of life that the players on the roster are still bought in. This was more than just a sign. It proved that this team is all the way in, and will be until the very end.