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Players point finger at themselves for Chargers' 2-5 record

SAN DIEGO -- Jason Verrett said he doesn’t want to sound like a broken record, but understands the way the San Diego Chargers played the past three games is unacceptable.

"You can’t coach effort -- that’s on all on us as players to give the effort," Verrett said. "There was a lack of effort on my end, and I’m pretty sure my teammates feel the same way.

"It’s going to come down on to us and what we are going to do as a football team, outside of the coaches and just as players."

The Chargers are mired in a three-game losing streak. At 2-5 this season, San Diego has lost eight of its past 11 games dating to last season.

One of the reasons for San Diego’s struggles is slow starts. The Chargers have been outscored by their opponents 108-59 in the first half so far this season.

"We can’t wait to get struck first," safety Jahleel Addae said. "We’ve got to strike first. They jumped out on us, and you’ve got to give credit to them. We’ve got to live and learn from it.

"You know it’s a division game. You know it’s the Oakland Raiders and they come to play every time they play us. We’ve got to start better."

Addae said finding inspiration should not be an issue on game days.

"It’s not motivation at all, especially at this level," Addae said. "You don’t need anyone to motivate you. If you can’t get up for this every Sunday, no matter who you’re playing, then you’re in the wrong profession.

"You’ve got to look at each other. You’ve got to point the finger at yourself first. You’ve got to look in the mirror and see what you can fix, me included."

The Chargers can lean on prior experience to help the Chargers get things turn around. The last time San Diego started the season 2-5, the Chargers finished with a 9-7 record.

"As players, we have to get it together and start closing out games," defensive lineman Corey Liuget said. "It’s only so much our coach can do for us. A player-driven team is better than a coach-driven team.

"Our coaches want us to win badly, but we as players have to continue to put in the work each and every day. We’ll come back tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, until we get this nasty taste out of our mouths next Sunday. We have to go back to the drawing board to fix it."