"The season isn't 15 weeks long," Olivea said about Saturday's meaningless game against the visiting Broncos, with the Chargers eliminated from the playoffs. "We owe it to everyone in the locker room and this organization to give it everything we got."
The Chargers had hoped the season finale wouldn't so soon. But Saturday's loss in Kansas City ruined those plans. So now the carrot is posting consecutive seasons with double-digit wins, something not done in San Diego since 1981-80.
Olivea insists the Chargers will be motivated to gain their 10th win. They've lost six games, but not their pride.
"We signed up for 16 weeks, and we have to prepare like it's another week," he said.
Even when carting the pain of a season gone haywire.
"No one feels as bad we all do in here," he said.
It seems missing the playoffs hurt the veterans the most, as they know the Chargers had the type of team to do some postseason damage this year.
"It's a shame with the type of talent we have," said LB Randall Godfrey, a 10-year pro. Godfrey is re-thinking his preseason decision of retiring after the season.