Quentin Jammer #23 of the San Diego Chargers exits a pre-game tunnel on September 1, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California.
Quentin Jammer didn't stutter, mutter or mince his words.
He insisted it nearly two months ago, and this week, he repeated the same message, again and again.
The first time he faced the Oakland Raiders this season, things went about as poorly as possible for the Chargers cornerback. Now, just as he vowed in the locker room after the game, Jammer says this next time will be different.
The two teams meet Sunday in the regular-season finale, or the first time since Nov. 10 when Jammer allowed 105 passing yards, his most in a single game since at least 2008, according to Pro Football Focus.
"It was probably the worst game in my life," said Jammer, a consistent leader during the bulk of his 10-year career. "I said it wouldn't happen again, and it's not. I'm not doing anything different. I don't need to do anything different other than go out and play better. That's not something I want to put on film ever. I did once, and it won't happen again."
In the 24-17 loss, the Raiders offense was methodical on the ground and explosive in the air, rushing for 191 yards while quarterback Carson Palmer averaged a career-high 15.0 yards per attempt on 20 passes against heavy man coverage.
Jammer, 32, conceded a pair of long touchdown receptions to speedy rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore. Looking back, he called his own footwork "terrible," starting at the point of attack where he had a "bad game at the line of scrimmage."
But those bad games happen.
Coach Norv Turner said it's how players respond.
He and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky both expressed confidence Jammer will rebound Sunday, and on his opposite side, cornerback Antoine Cason isn't doubting him, either.
"Things happen, and he's very confident in what he can do," Cason said. "Knowing him, he's going to be ready. I know he'll be ready. That's why you love Jammer. I know he'll be out there playing for us, playing for not to let that ever happen again. Being on the other side of him, that's great. That's confidence for me to go out there and play for my teammate, and that's what we do."
Said Jammer: "Just shrug it off and move on to the next one. Most people have bad games. It's the NFL. And that was my worst. Like I said, it won't happen again."