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Chargers DE Joey Bosa focused on winning, not personal goals

SAN DIEGO -- After totaling four sacks in his first three games, San Diego Chargers rookie defensive end Joey Bosa has been held without a sack for the last three contests.

The Ohio State product still is tied for second among this year’s rookies with four sacks. But with six games left in the season, Bosa said he’s more focused on helping his team secure victories than putting up monster sack numbers.

“I want to win,” Bosa said. “I think all of our goals here is to go 6-0 these next six weeks. I don’t have any personal goals right now. I just want to win games, and that takes help for me.”

Bosa said he went back to Columbus, Ohio, to watch his former teammates at Ohio State practice and also visited friends in Chicago during the bye week. He also got some much-needed rest to recharge his body for the final stretch run of his rookie season.

“Phil was just saying right before we broke that everybody wishes they can go back and change one little thing, but we obviously can’t do that,” Bosa said about a pep talk quarterback Philip Rivers gave to his teammates at the end of Monday’s practice. “So we’re just looking forward. We’ve got a six-game season. That’s really all we can handle, so that’s what we’re focused on.”

Bosa missed training camp due to a contract stalemate, which led to a hamstring injury his first day at practice in September, forcing him to miss the first four games of the regular season.

He credited nose tackle Brandon Mebane for making the transition from college to the NFL easier. Mebane suffered a torn biceps two weeks ago in a loss against the Miami Dolphins and is done for the year.

“If I could thank anybody on this whole team this year, I’d have to thank him for helping me the most through this whole process,” Bosa said about Mebane. “He’s been doing it for -- this is his 10th year -- so he’s obviously been through it, just with offensive schemes and how to handle myself through the season. I mean we’re losing a great player and a great guy.”

Because of the late start Bosa has not hit the rookie wall and is surprised the regular season is coming to a close.

“I remember years ago, six weeks was like an eternity, that’s like your whole summer break -- it was forever,” Bosa said. “Now six weeks is the snap of your fingers. It’s unbelievable how fast time goes. Just to know there’s a month-and-half left of my rookie year is pretty incredible.”

Bosa said one focus for San Diego’s defense will be improved play in the second half. The Chargers allowed 72 more points in the second half through the first 11 games than the first half.

“We’ve just got to finish as a defense,” Bosa said. “We’ve been playing teams really well in the first half and stopping the run. But there’s just something about going into that third quarter. I don’t know, we’ve just got to execute.”