The San Diego Chargers have been through a lot this year. They’ve had injuries; they’ve had late-game collapses; they lost four of their first five games by a combined 14 points.
So yeah, it’s been a rough year.
But not for Brandon Flowers.
“Playing in the NFL, the more years you play, the more you understand you’re going to be hit with some type of adversity,” the 30-year-old Chargers cornerback said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “You don’t know what it’s going to be. You don’t know if it’s going to be injuries or stadium-wise or fans not coming – you never know what kind of adversity you’re going to face. You just have to be ready for whatever. You can’t get too high in this league or too low. You have to have that calm medium about you. ‘All we have to do is win once, and we’ll know how to win the rest of them.’ I think that’s the mentality I had, and I think that’s the mentality our team has been having since (we lost in) Kansas City (in Week 1). We had no quit. We just wanted to go out there, keep having fun, playing ball and trying to get some more wins.”
The Chargers have done that a lot lately. They’ve won three of their last four games, with the only loss coming at Denver. They beat the Titans, 43-35, this past Sunday, thanks in part to a fourth-quarter 33-yard pick-six courtesy of Flowers.
San Diego (4-5) is currently last in a crowded AFC West, but make no mistake: this is a team on the rise.
“I feel like we have a great football team,” Flowers said. “I’m not trying to compare us to any other team or (say) we should be right here and there. I love my team. I’m confident that we can win every Sunday with my football team. Even with the injuries, we have young guys that just come in and have fun. They’re playing in the NFL. We just probably signed them two weeks ago at certain positions. We don’t pay attention to this guy is out, that guy is out. We just have fun together. I think that’s been the best thing about this season. Like I said, I’ll take my guys every Sunday.”
Flowers was also asked for his thoughts on Prop C, which will determine whether the Chargers build a new stadium.
“We definitely want a new stadium here,” Flowers said. “San Diego is our home. Myself playing in the division, even when I was in Kansas City, all I know is the San Diego Chargers. I would love to keep the stadium here, but as a team, we’re not trying to buy into it at all. Then it’ll be even more of a distraction. We went through it last year. The best thing for us is it’s out of our control, so why worry about it? Whatever the decision is, we hope it’s in our favor. We just got to roll with it. We just got to sit back and do what we’re paid to for right now, and that’s go out there and win some football games.”
The Chargers host Miami (4-4) this Sunday before a Week 11 bye. Kickoff is at 4:05 p.m. ET.