A disappointing season for the San Diego Chargers appears to be winding down with a whimper. The team announced that two veteran members of their defense, defensive tackle Corey Liuget and cornerback Brandon Flowers, are going on Injured Reserve.
San Diego currently sits in last place in the AFC West at 3-9, two full games behind the third-place Oakland Raiders (5-7). The Chargers’ defense has been especially underwhelming this season, ranking in the bottom five of categories like net yards per pass attempt (28th), yards per rush attempt (30th), and total points conceded (29th).
Liuget and Flowers were some of the highest-earning members on San Diego’s defense, receiving $7.9 million and $4.2 million on the season, respectively. Liguet’s cap hit will escalate to $10 million for the 2016 season, while Flowers’ cap hit will go up to $9.75 million.
This is only the second losing season that the Chargers have had since Phillip Rivers took over as the team’s starting quarterback in 2006. (The team went 7-9 in 2012.) San Diego has, arguably, yet to defeat a quality opponent this season, with their three wins coming against the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, and Jacksonville Jaguars — with all three victories coming with a one-possession margin of victory. The team still has to play road games against all three of their divisional opponents, starting with the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.