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Chargers' defense plays with more passion after loss to Seahawks

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley didn’t like the lack of enthusiasm from his defense in last week’s preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

So he talked about it with his players this week, and the result was a much more spirited practice on Wednesday, particularly in an 11-on-11 scrimmage against the first-team offense.

“I didn’t think our energy was very good during the game,” Bradley said. “It wasn’t like we anticipated, and they agreed. I showed multiple times plays being made and not a lot of enthusiasm. But again, I think it’s being out there for the first time and maybe playing with some guys you haven’t played with, and getting a feel for that.

“It’s an energetic group, and I think when you have some success and have some good things happen, that helps too.”

The Chargers had some success defensively in practice early on. An example of that was safety Dwight Lowery making a shoestring catch to intercept a Philip Rivers pass intended for Keenan Allen on a deep route. All the defensive players along the sideline stormed the field to congratulate Lowery.

“It was really important because they get a chance to create turnovers, and score even,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “But it’s just nice to see them running around having fun, while they’re using their techniques and fundamentals.”

One of the tenets of Bradley’s defense is creating turnovers. The Chargers forced 28 turnovers last year under departed defensive coordinator John Pagano, good enough for a tie for fourth most in the NFL.

However, the Chargers created just one turnover on defense last week against the Seahawks. Bradley said bringing more energy could help in that regard.

“It’s been a big point of emphasis the last couple days of practice,” Bradley said. “We were solid yesterday, but today was very, very good. It was an extremely good practice -- a very focused group and attacking the weaknesses from that first game as we should.”