Chargers' Melvin Ingram: Mitch Trubisky 'Felt Our Presence' as a Defense
Jason B. Hirschhorn
CHICAGO — After missing the Los Angeles Chargers' last three games with a hamstring injury, defensive end Melvin Ingram returned Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Along with his defensive teammates, Ingram forced Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky into mistakes that altered the outcome of the game in Los Angeles' favor.
"I think we played good," Ingram said. "There's always room for improvement, but we just went out there and gave it our all. We played our ass off today."
Though neither offense could consistently move the ball, the Chargers made precious few mistakes while Trubisky and the Bears turned the ball over multiple times and couldn't capitalize often enough when in scoring position. The pressure generated by Ingram, Joey Bosa, and the rest of Los Angeles' defensive front forced the third-year signal-caller into mistakes at critical moments.
"You could feel it all game," Ingram said. "We're going to rush no matter what's going on. We're going to keep rushing, keep rushing. And sooner or later, we're going to get there. We had a couple sacks today and that's what it's all about. It's not about just sacks. It's about him feeling us, and I felt like he felt our presence today."
The Chargers' defensive line hasn't played with all four of its starters since September, a trend which continued this week with defensive tackles Justin Jones and Brandon Mebane out with injuries. Ingram's return gives the group a boost, and he came out of Sunday's game without suffering a setback.
"It felt good, man," Ingram said of his return.
Perhaps the Chargers will see more of their top defensive linemen make comebacks in time for next week's tilt with the Green Bay Packers.
-- Jason B. Hirschhorn is an award-winning sports journalist and Pro Football Writers of America member. Follow him on Twitter: @by_JBH