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Austin Ekeler Reveals Why He Quit The Chargers Despite Team’s Interest

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Austin Ekeler made a stunning agreement with the Washington Commanders during free agency after spending several fruitful years with the Los Angeles Chargers. The decision of Ekeler, a vital member of the Chargers, to leave the team baffled the fans.

A recent tweet by Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) sheds light on the offseason move of running back Austin Ekeler:

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“Commanders RB Austin Ekeler on why he left the #Chargers:

‘They wanted a guy to hand the ball off to 300 times a year… that’s not my game. There was a misalignment there, no harm, no foul.'”

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Ekeler’s comments after joining the Washington Commanders highlights a philosophical difference with his previous squad, the Los Angeles Chargers. Regarding role delineation and offensive scheme, Ekeler’s remarks emphasize the significance of player-team alignment.

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Austin Ekeler: A Versatile Playmaker in Los Angeles

Austin Ekeler Reveals Why He Quit The Chargers Despite Team's Interest - THE SPORTS ROOM

Austin Ekeler’s journey began in 2017 when the Chargers gave him a shot. Over seven seasons, he established himself as a versatile playmaker—a threat both on the ground and through the air. Despite never rushing for over 1,000 yards in a single season, Ekeler consistently contributed to the team’s success. His ability to rack up scrimmage yards and find the end zone made him a valuable asset in Hollywood.

The Misalignment

However, as Ekeler’s career progressed, a misalignment emerged. The Chargers’ coaching staff had a specific vision—one that involved a traditional workhorse running back, someone who could handle the ball 300 times a year. Ekeler, though talented, didn’t fit that mold. His game was more nuanced, relying on agility, versatility, and explosiveness. He excelled in catching passes out of the backfield, making defenders miss, and creating big plays.

Austin Ekeler’s: Candid Explanation

 

In an interview with “Up & Adams,” Ekeler laid it out plainly: “They wanted a guy to hand the ball off to 300 times a year…That’s not my game. There was a misalignment there, no harm, no foul.” His departure wasn’t fueled by animosity but by a desire to find a team where he could fully contribute without doubts about his role. Ekeler expressed gratitude for his time with the Chargers while acknowledging the need to move on to a new chapter in his career.

 

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