More bust than Boom: Rough start for Legion

San Diego wide receiver Eddie Royal stiff-arms Earl Thomas on Sunday (AP)
San Diego wide receiver Eddie Royal stiff-arms Earl Thomas on Sunday (AP)

The Legion of Boom had trouble with the dehydrating temperatures in San Diego, and the group is taking some heat in the aftermath of a 30-21 loss to the Chargers and a two-game start that has been more bust than boom for the all-star unit.

Whether it was what happened on the field or what was (or was not) said off the field, Seattle’s top defenders did not respond very well in San Diego.

Philip Rivers threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns and Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell all had to leave the field to get fluids for cramps in the second half of a game in which the field temperature reportedly reached 120 degrees.

Chancellor, who had hip surgery in the offseason and has been back for only four weeks, seemed the most affected. He missed four tackles and was one of tight end Antonio Gates’ three touchdown victims. Chancellor now has missed seven tackles in the first two games — he missed nine in 19 games last season (per Pro Football Focus).

“I never make excuses,” Chancellor told reporters, “but it was a hot game — something we do not practice in, something we are not accustomed to. We will not make excuses. We still have to play our ball and make our plays and make our adjustments.”

Thomas — who last week was demoted from punt returns — admitted he struggled in San Diego, too, and he is taking some criticism for hinting that the Chargers were lucky — even though he also credited them for having “a great game plan” and being “ready for what we were throwing at them.”

“I exerted a lot of energy out there,” Thomas said. “Moving from sideline to sideline, I am always going to exert a lot of energy. When you add this heat, it was hard for me at times. I think I left everything out there. I do not have anything to hold my head down (about).”

Then he added, “If somebody beats us, I always feel like it was luck to me. It’s not about them.”

That comment, along with Richard Sherman’s uncharacteristic refusal to talk about the loss, underscores the fact that the Hawks have become used to winning and do not take losing very well.

“We are not accustomed to losing,” Chancellor said. “We always talk about winning.”

That explains why Sherman, who was the focus of much attention after Green Bay refused to throw in his area last week, didn’t want to talk.

Of course, the Chargers were more than happy to talk about him, reportedly saying they “exposed” him after Rivers threw his way six times and completed four for 54 yards.

Sherman responded to that via Twitter:

Meanwhile, the loquacious Sherman has been blasted by media for choosing not to speak after the loss.

But all of the drama over what was said or not said has nothing to do with the game itself — it’s just the emotional fallout that is the foundation of talk radio and columns. So take it for what it’s worth.

As for the players’ reaction: Coach Pete Carroll always focuses on the positive, so is it any wonder his Legion of Boom prefers to do the same thing?

“I never look at a game as losing. I look at it as lessons,” Chancellor said. “There are a lot of lessons from this game all around the board. We have to bounce back, and it starts with practice. We have to get to practice, find where the mistakes were and correct them and get better.”

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