COSTA MESA – Joey Bosa has prioritized his mental health in recent seasons including meditating on his daily routine and visiting a therapist regularly.

Perhaps this explains how Bosa is able to control his anger when an opposing player disturbs him on the field. Last week, Denver Broncos center-back Drew Lock got up from Bosa when he pointed his finger at him and shouted “he’m tired” before snapping the ball.

“When he said that, I took a three-point stance and said, ‘Run me, then,'” Bosa recalled Thursday. “‘Come on, run towards me’.”

The boss got his wish and went on to face the Broncos by bringing back Melvin Gordon 4 yards after the collision line during the third quarter of Chargers ’34-13 victory at the SoFi Stadium.

“In a way, they ran towards me,” Bosa said. “Then, I said, ‘Who is tired?’ “I left the field and needed a break. I was pretty tired, but it worked.”

The boss has learned to use his anger to his advantage when he goes out on the field, but sometimes it takes some time to lower his competitive tone when matches are over.

The boss did not tear up the words the last time the Chargers faced the Las Vegas Raiders.

Four times Pro Bowler was asked how the defense was able to restrain Raiders center-back Derek Carr during the win of Week 4 and offered this memorable quote: “We knew that after hitting him several times, he was really shocked . And you saw him in the bag (Christian Covington), he was more or less leaning on a ball before we got back there.

“Great friend, great player… but we know that once we put pressure on him, he somehow shuts down.”

Of course, this fluid quote reappeared this week with Chargers playing the Raiders at “Sunday Night Football” in Las Vegas with at least one playoff spot in the game. There is a unique scenario in which the Chargers and Raiders can both move on to the following season if the Jacksonville Jaguars upset the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday morning and AFC West rivals decide on a draw tonight.

Of course, this will not happen intentionally, and the competitive battle between Bosa and Carr is a perfect example of this.

Carr admitted a few days later that Bosa’s comments bothered him, but he added that he likes the Chargers star very much and that he has a right to have his opinion. When Carr was asked again about this this week, he downplayed the situation and did not seem motivated by Bosa’s comments from October.

“The part we lost, he said I was a great player and a great guy,” Carr said Wednesday. “I think we should talk about those things instead of negative things. I think his world. I always wish them all the best, except this week. ”

Bosa’s opinion on how Carr plays under pressure did not change much this week, but he made sure to make it clear that he has a lot of respect for the center-back, who is fourth in the NFL in passing (4,618) and second at the end. percentage (69.2%).

“I’m a fan of him,” Bosa said Thursday. “I think we are fine. I was just pointing out something I noticed. When pressed, it appears to close slightly. It seems like a lot of quarterbacks do this with pressure on the face. He is one of the best passers in the league.

“He is a really good guy. I have nothing against him. Don’t ignore it that way, but just point out something you can easily look at and see. But yes, he is a great competitor. And we are always good to each other. “I would not want anyone to shrug my shoulders to live.”

Carr also acknowledged that his rubbish conversation on the field could have led to Bosa’s criticism of him after the first meeting.

“I will always talk to him during the game,” Carr said. “I’ll probably talk to him more (Sunday night).”

Chargers defensive meetings Justin Jones has seen many center-backs, like Carr and Lock, attack Bosa during games and this usually leads to better results for Chargers.

“If you hit a bear, you’ll be fooled,” Jones said of Lock’s comments to Bosa last week. “It simply came to our notice then. If I were him, I would not have done that.

“Joey likes a challenge. He likes a challenge from anyone. If someone challenges him, he does not back down. This is what I want from him. He has that fiery energy in it and it is sticky all over our line, all over the front, (middle) and back. “Everyone feels it.”

Chargers coach Brandon Staley may not say if Bosa plays better when he is crazy, but he has noticed that his level of intensity increases when things get worse on the field. Bosa has 49 hits in total, 9.5 bags and six strip-these this season.