Standing in an emptying locker room, Antonio Gates was asked to speculate how the Chargers would have performed in the postseason.
The delivery of his words was measured. The statement wasn’t.
“I didn’t see a team beating us at this point,” Gates said.
So it will be an offseason of what-ifs for the Chargers, who didn’t reach the playoffs despite winning nine of their last 12 games.
What was lost extends far beyond the lines of the football field. If this season could be considered a minor success on the field — the Chargers won four more games than last year— it was a borderline disaster in the ways that really mattered.