Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers debut did not go according to plan, while last season's Super Bowl participants the San Francisco 49ers started their 2020 NFL campaign with a loss.

Legendary quarter Brady struggled as the Buccaneers went down 34-23 to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 on Sunday.

As for the 49ers, they were upstaged by Kyler Murray's Arizona Cardinals 24-20 in San Francisco.

 

BRADY'S BUCS BEATEN

Brady has taken his Super Bowl-winning expertise to Tampa Bay, but the six-time NFL champion endured a tough debut against NFC South champions the Saints.

A high-profile recruit from the New England Patriots following 20 years in Foxborough, Brady threw two interceptions in the team's season opener.

The 43-year-old had a pick-six, finishing 23 of 36 for 239 yards and two touchdowns, while he was sacked three times.

Brady started well, scoring a two-yard touchdown. He led a nine-play, 85-yard drive, completing his two passes for 37 yards before running the ball into the endzone for the first points of the game.

But Brady turned the ball over twice, with the second turnover resulting in a touchdown for the Saints' Janoris Jenkins.

It was a far better outing for fellow veteran quarterback Drew Brees, who passed for 160 yards and two touchdowns, without turning the ball over – throwing TD passes to Alvin Kamara and Emmanuel Sanders in New Orleans.

 

CARDINALS RALLY AMID GAROPPOLO WOES

The Cardinals – led by their star QB Murray – completed a comeback to upstage the highly rated 49ers on the road.

Murray's throw to DeAndre Hopkins set up Kenyan Drake's one-yard score with just over five minutes remaining as the Cardinals topped the 49ers.

The Cardinals overcame a pair of fourth-quarter deficits thanks to Murray, who threw for 230 yards and a touchdown, while running for 91 yards and another score.

It came as 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo struggled as criticism grows.

After a disappointing display in the Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, further questions have been raised after Garoppolo led just one scoring drive in the second half.

Garoppolo finished 19 of 33 for 259 yards and two touchdowns, and he missed two crucial throws, with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan saying: "He's gotta play better. We've all gotta play better. The entire offense missed opportunities."

 

RAMS OPEN NEW STADIUM WITH WIN

In their first game at SoFi Stadium, the Los Angeles Rams topped the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 behind a career-high 79 yards and two touchdowns from Malcolm Brown.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff passed for 275 yards, while Cowboys counterpart Dak Prescott was 25 of 39 for 266 yards and a touchdown.

Number one draft pick Joe Burrow put the Cincinnati Bengals in a position to claim a dramatic last-gasp win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

But after running 23 yards for a touchdown, Burrow watched Randy Bullock miss a 31-yard field goal with seven seconds to play as the Chargers prevailed 16-13.

 

Week 1 scores:

Seattle Seahawks 38-25 Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Ravens 38-6 Cleveland Browns
Buffalo Bills 27-17 New York Jets
Las Vegas Raiders 34-30 Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears 27-23 Detroit Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 Indianapolis Colts
Green Bay Packers 43-34 Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots 21-11 Miami Dolphins
Washington Football Team 27-17 Philadelphia Eagles
Arizona Cardinals 24-20 San Francisco 49ers
New Orleans Saints 34-23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Los Angeles Chargers 16-13 Cincinnati Bengals
Los Angeles Rams 20-17 Dallas Cowboys

NFL Sundays are back with a bang this weekend as Tom Brady and Drew Brees duel in New Orleans.

The two future Hall of Famers are set to face each other twice this year following ex-New England Patriots quarterback Brady's decision to join the Saints' NFC South rivals the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason.

Six-time Super Bowl winner Brady - the league's most decorated quarterback - will be aiming to bring the success he enjoyed in New England to a Bucs team deprived of postseason action in recent years.

Here, using Stats Perform data, we take a look at some of the most intriguing Week 1 matchups.

 

FEATURE GAME

Bucs at Saints - Sunday, 4.25pm (all times Eastern)

- Tampa Bay have gone 12 straight seasons without making the playoffs, the second-longest drought in the NFL (Cleveland Browns, 17 straight). The Buccaneers have not won a playoff game since defeating the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII in January 2003.

- Brady has joined the Buccaneers after 20 seasons and 285 career games played with the Patriots – the most games with a franchise all-time by a player who subsequently played for another team. Brady has an all-time best .774 career win percentage as a starting QB (minimum 100 starts); the Bucs' .387 all-time win percentage is the worst among current franchises.

- The Saints have won the NFC South three straight years, posting a 13-3 record in each of the last two. They are the fourth NFC team since the merger to have back-to-back seasons of 13-plus wins, joining the 1985-86 Chicago Bears, 1989-90 San Francisco 49ers and 1996-97 Green Bay Packers; no NFL team has ever had three straight 13-win seasons.

OTHER KEY GAMES

Browns at Ravens - Sunday, 1pm

- Since the franchise returned in 1999, the Browns are 1-19-1 in season openers, with the lone win in 2004 versus Baltimore (20-3). Every other team has won at least seven season openers in that span. 

Seahawks at Falcons - Sunday, 1pm

- Ten of the Seattle Seahawks' 11 wins last year – and two of their five losses – came by eight points or fewer. They joined the 1978 Houston Oilers as the only teams in NFL history to win 10 one-score games in a season (defined as seven points when there was no two-point conversion rule, and eight points when there was).

Chargers at Bengals - Sunday, 4.05pm

- Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will be trying to become the first Heisman-winning QB drafted first overall to win his first start in the NFL since Jim Plunkett in 1971.

Cardinals at 49ers - Sunday, 4.25pm

- In their three-game postseason run in the 2019 campaign, the 49ers outrushed their opponents 612 yards to 212 yards, the best playoff differential for any team since Washington in 1982 and the best all-time by a non-champion.

Cowboys at Rams - 8.20pm

- The 2019 Los Angeles Rams finished third in the NFC West with a 9-7 record. Los Angeles were 7-0 when allowing fewer than 17 points last season, but just 2-7 when allowing 17 or more.

ELSEWHERE...

Dolphins at Patriots - 1pm

- When Cam Newton starts for the Patriots on Sunday, it will snap a streak of 471 consecutive games – regular season and playoffs – in which the Pats have started a QB that they drafted. This is the longest such streak in NFL history.

Bears at Lions - 1pm

- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is set to make his 150th career start on Sunday. His 41,025 career passing yards are already the most by any QB through 150 career starts, with only Aaron Rodgers (40,715) also reaching the 40,000 mark.

Saturday was roster cutdown day in the NFL, with teams required to trim their squads to 53 players ahead of the start of the 2020 season.

However, instead of being dominated by news of players losing their jobs, it was those who received significant paydays who made the headlines.

Deshaun Watson was the first of three players to receive lucrative extensions, while a high-profile free agent finally found a new home.

Here we recap a free-spending Saturday in the NFL.

 

Deshaun Watson: No problems for Houston as QB signs massive deal

The Texans star quarterback kicked off a busy day of NFL news when it was revealed he had signed a four-year, $160million extension with Houston.

Watson will have an average annual base salary of $39million over the next four years, the highest in the league in that timeframe.

It is a deal he undoubtedly deserves. Watson has propelled the Texans to the ranks of AFC contenders and had them 24-0 up in the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Kansas City Chiefs before Patrick Mahomes propelled his team to the first of three comeback wins in their run to the Super Bowl title.

He is one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL but will have a more difficult task on his hands this year, with head coach and de-facto GM Bill O'Brien having traded away his favourite target, DeAndre Hopkins, for a remarkably scant return this offseason.

For Watson to complete his ascension to the NFL elite with a Lombardi Trophy, the Texans and O'Brien may have to part ways.

KEY STAT: Since entering the league in 2017, Watson ranks fourth among all quarterbacks in yards per attempt. He has averaged 8.07 yards per pass.

Keenan Allen: Chargers reward route-running phenom with extension

Though he does not receive the same attention as the likes of Michael Thomas and Hopkins, Allen has firmly established himself as one of the league's premier wide receivers.

A route-running savant who has fought back from injury derailed seasons in 2015 and 2016, Allen received his just reward for three outstanding seasons since the Los Angeles Chargers left their former home of San Diego.

He agreed to terms on a four-year extension worth over $80m, keeping him with the Chargers through the 2024 season.

The Chargers picked quarterback Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick this year and Allen maintaining his stellar form will be critical to their new franchise passer living up to his draft status.

KEY STAT: Allen has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons (2017-19). In that time, he has 3,788 receiving yards. Only Julio Jones, Thomas and Hopkins have more in the same period.

Tre'Davious White: Bills extend All-Pro cornerback at a bargain rate

Arguably the most important player on an excellent Buffalo Bills defense, cornerback White was named a first-team All-Pro in 2019.

He will be paid at a level that reflects his status after agreeing a four-year extension worth $69m with $55m in guarantees. 

Yet, with some anticipating the Bills would have to pay White around $20m a season, Buffalo appears to have got something of a steal.

If he continues to improve and help the Bills dethrone the New England Patriots in the AFC East, general manager Brandon Beane will see it as money well spent.

KEY STAT: White has 43 pass breakups and 12 interceptions since entering the league in 2017. He had a league-leading six interceptions in 2019.

Jadeveon Clowney: Star pass rusher takes his talents to Tennessee

The longest-running free agency saga of the 2020 offseason came to a conclusion as pass rusher Clowney decided to sign for the Tennessee Titans.

Inexplicably not re-signed by the Seattle Seahawks, Clowney was subject to a late push for his services from the New Orleans Saints.

A former team-mate of Watson in Houston, he will reportedly receive a one-year, $12m contract, bolstering a defense already blessed with significant talent on the front and in the secondary.

After coming agonisingly close to reaching the Super Bowl last season, Clowney could be the player that puts the Titans over the top, though among his first tasks will be helping them keep Watson at bay in the AFC South.

KEY STAT: Clowney is fifth in the NFL in stuffs - defensive stops at or before the line of scrimmage - since entering the league in 2014 with 48.

Los Angeles Chargers star Keenan Allen has signed a multi-year contract extension with the NFL franchise.

The Chargers announced a new deal for wide receiver Allen on Saturday, reportedly a four-year contract worth more than $80million.

Allen – drafted by the Chargers in 2013 – has been a Pro-Bowl selection in each of the last three seasons since 2017.

On Instagram, Allen celebrated by writing: "Want to thank the organisation...Tom Telesco especially for giving me an opportunity! Super juiced about this.

"CHARGER FANS WE LOCKED IN FOR ANOTHER ROUND, FOREVER A CHARGER!"

The 28-year-old has played in 86 games and made 82 starts for the Chargers.

Allen has posted 524 career receptions and 6,405 career yards with 34 touchdowns, while he has four 1,000-yard seasons.

He also set a team record with 104 receptions last year, and he is one of just three players in the NFL with more than 300 catches and 3,700 receiving yards over the last three seasons.

The Chargers will open their season against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 13.

Washington head coach Ron Rivera has announced Dwayne Haskins will be his team's starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 2019 first-round pick faced competition from veteran Alex Smith - who is coming back from a horrific leg injury - and the recently acquired Kyle Allen, who is well known to Rivera following their time with the Carolina Panthers. 

After a difficult season in 2019, Haskins has been given the full backing of his new coach.

"Dwayne's lived up to everything we talked about in January," Rivera said. "He deserves the opportunity. He's going to get the opportunity, and he's going to get my support."

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Chargers have named Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback for 2020.

The 31-year-old, who was the Buffalo Bills' starter from 2015 to 2017, has been preferred to rookie Justin Herbert for the spot.

"Right now Tyrod Taylor is our starter," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. 

"Until someone steps up and shows that they can run this team, that's the way we're going into it."

The Chargers open their 2020 season at the Cincinnati Bengals on September 13, the same day that Washington take on Philadelphia.

Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn had coronavirus, it was revealed in HBO's Hard Knocks: Los Angeles.

The latest episode of the behind-the-scenes documentary series aired on Tuesday night, focusing on the Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams.

It included footage of a video call between Lynn and his team in which he announced he had previously contracted COVID-19.

"This year is not like any year we've ever had in the National Football League," Lynn said.

"I can't promise you you're not going to get infected. I got infected."

The NFL is preparing to return amid the pandemic, although a number of players from around the league have opted out of 2020 due to the crisis.

The NBA returned in a 'bubble' in Orlando, but MLB has played home-and-away games and seen its schedule hit by a number of confirmed cases once the season was under way that prompted postponements.

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Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said he is "excited" after star defensive end Joey Bosa agreed to a new contract.

Bosa is set to become the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL following his reported five-year extension with the Chargers on Tuesday.

The two-time Pro Bowler will reportedly earn $135million, $102m guaranteed, and Lynn is glad to have Bosa's future sorted following Melvin Gordon's holdout last year.

"Joey is tied down for a little while, and we're all excited about it. We have some other guys with contracts coming up, but time will tell," Lynn said on Wednesday.

"It's one less distraction you have to deal with."

Running back Gordon missed camp in 2019 and did not report back until the fourth week of the regular season, before eventually signing for the Denver Broncos in the offseason.

"It didn't work out with Melvin last year but glad it worked out now," Lynn added.

"It's my job to build these players up and make them feel like Superman. When they want to get paid like Superman I step back."

Bosa finished the 2019 campaign with 67 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks for the Chargers as he earned his second Pro-Bowl appearance in four seasons.

The 25-year-old – the third pick in the 2016 NFL Draft – posted the third double-digit sack season of his career, but the Chargers missed the playoffs.

Colin Kaepernick is not scheduled to visit with the Los Angeles Chargers but remains a possibility in a "constantly changing world", according to general manager Tom Telesco. 

Speaking last month, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Kaepernick fits the team's style of play and, while the franchise are happy with their options of Justin Herbert, Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick, the former San Francisco 49er is on a workout list. 

Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, during which he opted to kneel for the national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality. 

He was involved in a workout for teams in November last year and his cause received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25. 

Telesco, speaking on a Zoom call with reporters, said the Chargers have no need to look for a new quarterback – as it stands right now. 

"No update, we're very comfortable with the quarterbacks we have right now," Telesco said.  

"If something changes at some point down the road, yeah, we would look at him and treat him no differently than any other free agent quarterback that's available.  

"But workouts for us are needs based, the need is not there right now. As you can see, this is a constantly changing world right now, so you always leave everything open.  

"Right now, we're happy with the three guys we have." 

Telesco added he is confident about the NFL season going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic despite complications other team sports in the United States have faced. 

"The protocols we're following, the distancing, I felt really good. People holding each other accountable, it's a lot of change for us but we felt really good about it," he told the media.

"Then you wake up in the morning and I saw that the Miami Marlins had a lot of players test positive and a couple of coaches. 

"The head trainer for the Minnesota Vikings, he tested positive, the Rockets CEO, I know how well they do things there. We're all under the same protocol. That's reality.  

"The reality hits hard that you just cannot let your guard down at any point, any time, it's going to be 24/7 that we're fighting this.  

"I will say that Anthony and I, we feel a real responsibility to keep everybody here safe. Players, coaches and a very large support staff of people.  

"What we've done so far, all the planning that's gone into this so far for us has been very efficient and we're going to keep working through it every day." 

HBO's Hard Knocks show will have co-headliners for the first time, as the network and NFL Films announced on Thursday they will include both Los Angeles franchises for this year's training camp docuseries. 

'Hard Knocks: Los Angeles' will focus on both the Rams and Chargers as each prepare for their first seasons as co-tenants in the brand-new SoFi Stadium in nearby Inglewood. The five-episode series will debut Aug. 11.

"We are looking forward to having Hard Knocks in our camp this year," Rams coach Sean McVay said.

"Hard Knocks always offers a rare opportunity for our fans to see our players' hard work to prepare for the season, as well as gives them a peek behind the curtain to observe these guys off the field, too.

"This year will be special because the show will also get an unprecedented look at SoFi Stadium, (Rams owner) Stan Kroenke's vision for professional football in L.A."

The Rams were previously featured on the show in 2016, the first year of their return to Los Angeles after a 21-year run in St. Louis.

They will join the Dallas Cowboys (2002, 2007) and Cincinnati Bengals (2009, 2013) as the only teams to appear twice on Hard Knocks, which HBO has aired every summer since 2001 but has chronicled only one team in prior seasons.

HBO also announced it has extended its agreement with NFL Media and NFL Films to produce the series in future years.

"NFL Films cherishes the relationship we've had with HBO for over four decades, and specifically with the Hard Knocks franchise since 2001," NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover said.

"To be able to announce this extension as we embark on an unprecedented two-team series this summer brings us incredible pride and only heightens our excitement for the return of football."

The Chargers will also be ushering a new era in multiple ways, having parted with longtime quarterback Philip Rivers during the offseason and selecting Oregon signal-caller Justin Herbert in the first round of this year's draft. The Rams, meanwhile, will be attempting to bounce back from a disappointing 9-7 campaign in 2019 after reaching the Super Bowl the previous season.

The two Los Angeles teams are based around 80 miles apart, with the Chargers located in Costa Mesa and the Rams in Thousand Oaks.

The NFL has mandated that teams hold their training camps at their own facilities this year for health and safety reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Colin Kaepernick fits the Los Angeles Chargers' style at quarterback, according to the team's head coach Anthony Lynn.

The Chargers are happy with their three current options at the position in Justin Herbert, Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick but do have Kaepernick, 32, on a workout list.

Lynn feels fellow NFL teams would be "crazy" if they did not have him listed as one of their own options as a potential signing.

Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, during which he attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He was involved a workout for teams in November last year and his cause has received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25.

"It would be crazy to not have him on your workout list," Lynn told reporters.

"I haven't spoken with Colin, not sure where he is at as far as his career [goes], what he wants to do, but Colin definitely fits the style of quarterback for the system that we are going to be running. 

"I'm very confident and happy with the three quarterbacks that I have but you can never have too many people waiting on the runway." 

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job, a case which was settled in February.

Following his apology to players for the league's previous stance on protests, commissioner Roger Goodell this week said he is encouraging teams to sign the former San Francisco 49ers QB.

New Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers admitted he was "aggravated" by criticism of his performances for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019.

Rivers, 38, signed a one-year deal with the Colts in March after entering free agency when he left the Chargers, where he had started every game since 2005.

The eight-time Pro Bowler is now determined to prove he can still cut it the coming season, having revealed he was well aware of suggestions he was past his best last year.

Rivers, who threw for 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, acknowledged he made "some very costly mistakes" but insisted there was also "so much good" as the Chargers finished with a 5-11 record.

"At times what may have aggravated me a little bit last year was [critics saying] that I couldn't play anymore," the veteran told reporters.

"When you heard that, it bothered me, because I wanted to go, 'Shoot, let's go turn on the tape and watch all the good things.'

"There were some bad plays, certainly some throws I want back and certainly some very costly mistakes. I own up to all those.

"There was so much good and I had some throws last year that were probably as good as I've had my whole career.

"I knew, so I didn't feel like I had to sell that to anyone. But at the same time, it did aggravate you little bit.

"I think it's okay to be aware [of criticism]. I'm one of those guys that likes to be aware."

The New England Patriots paid tribute to their former wide receiver Reche Caldwell following reports he was killed on Saturday in Tampa, Florida.

Caldwell, 41, was shot in his leg and chest outside his home, according to TMZ.

Caldwell's mother, Deborah Caldwell, told the Tampa Bay Times: "You get killed right here in your hometown? You made a statement here, and y'all just took it away from us?

"All of us are imperfect people, but he's perfect to me. He was my hero."

Caldwell was the leading receiver on the 2006 Patriots, who lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots said in a Twitter message: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Patriot Reche Caldwell. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Caldwell played for the University of Florida before the San Diego Chargers selected him in the second round of the 2002 draft.

The Gators said: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of former Gator WR Reche Caldwell."

He had 152 catches for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in an NFL career that also included a stint with the Washington Redskins.

The Chargers also expressed sorrow at hearing the news, saying: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Reche’s family, friends and teammates during this difficult time."

Caldwell’s brother, Andre Caldwell, also played at the University of Florida and spent eight seasons in the NFL.

Colin Kaepernick could have been one of the 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL, says Anthony Lynn, who bemoans that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's message was lost in the controversy surrounding his 2016 protests.

As protests have spread across the United States in response to the death of George Floyd, an African American man who lost his life in the custody of Minneapolis police officers last week, Kaepernick and the stance he took against racial injustice and police brutality have come into focus once more.

Protesters throughout the USA have been seen taking a knee, which is what Kaepernick famously did throughout the 2016 NFL season during the playing of the national anthem.

He has not played a game since and last February settled a grievance with the NFL, having accused owners of colluding to keep him out of the league.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Lynn said: "People completely misunderstood Colin and what he was trying to do. 

"People talked about disrespecting the flag... the flag covers a lot — patriotism and civil rights and other things. And Colin was speaking out against the injustice and a lot of people didn't catch on to that because it was happening during the national anthem.

"They thought it was disrespectful to the flag. I was surprised by the number of people who didn't know why he was protesting.

"I got letters from people. I had people walk up to me and ask, "Coach, what are you going to do if someone on your team protests?" And I had to explain to them that Colin is taking a knee for criminal justice [reform] and police brutality and once you broke it down, they were like, "Oh, we didn't know that. We thought he was protesting the flag." And that was the case for a lot of people I came across.

"A lot of people for their own political reasons pushed out the wrong narrative. A lot of people didn't catch on as to why he took a knee. I understood and applauded him for it.

"I thought it was a shame that Colin's message got lost because people kept bringing up patriotism. It was brave for him to do that.

"I have a lot of respect for that young man standing up for something outside of the "Big 3" — God, family, football — and I have to say social justice right now is challenging my priorities. Right now I can't think of anything besides social justice.

"I know when you look at 32 quarterbacks in the National Football League, Colin could have been one of the 32. If not, he could have been a quality backup. For me being an African-American head coach, this is tough."

Addressing the unrest in the wake of the death of Floyd, Lynn expressed his belief that nothing has changed since 1992, when there were riots across Los Angeles in response to the acquittal of four police officers for the usage of excessive force in the arrest and beating of Rodney King.

"I've read some good statements. I read Brian Flores from the Dolphins and I agree 100 per cent with him. I read Doc Rivers' statement and those guys spoke from the heart," said Lynn. "I think statements are needed to bring awareness to the situation.

"But I want to do something too. I don't want to just put [a statement] out there because it's the right thing to do. I want change... so I guess it starts with having this conversation and talking things out. In 1992 I remember watching L.A. burn and here we are in 2020 and I'm watching it again and it just hit me, nothing has changed.

"I haven't done anything to make this a better place for my son. I remember having the talk with him when he was 16 about how to handle police and then at age 30 I called him up and just had the talk with him again because I'm so scared. I want to do something but to be honest with you, I don't know what that is."

Lynn spoke of his dismay after joining a protest in Huntington Beach and speaking to those leading the demonstrations, only to be informed there was no plan or endgame.

He added: "The Chargers have done more in the community than just about any organisation I've been with. I've been out in the community, talking with Mayor [Eric] Garcetti and I've been to the juvenile detention centers to encourage young men to do something positive with their life when they get out, and City Council people about making L.A. a better place.

"But this stuff that's taking place with police brutality and unarmed black men dying and white people feeling like they can use their privilege to threaten black people like that white woman did in Central Park, that's ridiculous. How do we affect that type of change? Where's the accountability for that kind of [expletive]? That's where I'm at right now. I'm angry, I'm [expletive] off and I don't want to just put out a pretty statement."

Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn believes "tremendous" quarterback Cam Newton will win games for a team this season.

Lynn explained it was the Chargers' confidence in their own players that led to their decision not to add him to their roster.

Newton remains unsigned almost two months after his release from the Carolina Panthers, having spent nine seasons in Charlotte.

After Philip Rivers' departure, the Chargers were seen as one of his most likely landing spots but they declared Tyrod Taylor as starter before drafting Justin Herbert at number six overall.

With it looking likely Newton will settle for a backup job in 2020 unless there is a major QB injury, Lynn talked up the 31-year-old's credentials as he confirmed the Chargers considered signing him.

Asked if the team explored the possibility, Lynn told CBS Sports Radio: "Absolutely, Cam is a tremendous quarterback.

"He's been MVP of this league, he's led his team to the Super Bowl and he's healthy now from what I hear. 

"Cam is going to be on somebody's roster and he's going to help somebody win a few games, but yeah, we did take a look at that, sure."

"I feel really good about the quarterback room that I have," Lynn added, as he explained why the Chargers opted not to sign Newton before the draft.

"With Tyrod Taylor, Easton Stick - those are guys that a lot of people don't talk about. He [Stick] was a Division I AA, he won like three National Championships. 

"He's a hell of a leader, hell of a professional and I think he has a bright future in this league one day."

Meanwhile, Rivers – who left the Chargers for the Indianapolis Colts after 16 seasons – is already making a strong impression with his new team.

Rivers only signed a one-year, $25million deal and has a deal in place to coach high school football in Alabama after his NFL career is over.

But Colts coach Frank Reich said the "spirit" of their agreement was a multi-year pact.

"I can just tell you I really believe it's Philip's intent to play multiple years," he said, per The Athletic. "I'm very optimistic."

Philip Rivers is not quite done playing yet, but the longtime NFL quarterback does have a job lined up for when he decides to hang up his cleats.  
 
St. Michael Catholic High School announced on Friday that Rivers will become its head football coach following his retirement from the NFL.

The decision to coach the school in Fairhope, Alabama, is a natural career move for Rivers, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts in March after spending his first 16 NFL seasons with the Chargers. 

His father, Steve, was a successful high school coach in Alabama for 25 years and mentored his son during the younger Rivers' days as a star quarterback for Decatur High School. 
 
"It's a special day for me and my family," said Rivers at a press conference announcing his hiring. 

"I had two childhood dreams. One is to play in the NFL, and now I'm going into my 17th season. The other was to be a high school football coach as my dad was. How blessed am I to be able to live those out?" 
 
Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowler whose 59,271 passing yards and 397 passing touchdowns both rank sixth in NFL history, had contemplated retirement before agreeing to a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts.

The 38-year-old is yet to make a firm decision on his plans beyond this season and has not ruled out extending his playing career beyond 2020. 
 
"I think it is a one-year-at-a-time deal," he said. "I've expressed publicly and the Colts have too they hope it's more than one year. But we take it one year at a time. 
 
"I love playing. When that time does end, you will get the same passion and work ethic at this school and community that I've poured into my career."

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