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Monday, September 23, 2013
McCoy hopes Chargers can limit miscues

By Eric Williams

SAN DIEGO -- In talking with reporters here on Monday afternoon, Chargers coach Mike McCoy said there’s enough talent on the roster to be a consistent winner.

However, his team is not doing the little things to win close games in the NFL. At 1-2, San Diego’s two losses are by a combined six points.

“There’s some little mistakes that hurt you in a football game that’s close like this,” McCoy said. “You see a lot of players making a lot of plays, doing their job the right way. And then there’s one little breakdown somewhere or another. But the bottom line is they’re getting better as a team, and that’s the most important thing.”

McCoy went on to say the Chargers have to do a better job of putting teams away at the end of games.

Mike McCoy
Mike McCoy said he's pleased with the way the Chargers are improving despite a 1-2 mark.
“In all three phases there’s a lot of good things,” McCoy said. “But there’s still too many little mistakes.”

McCoy mentioned the offense doing a great job of getting into field-goal position during the final couple minutes of the first half, only to have Nick Novak’s 38-yard attempt blocked by Bernard Pollard.

San Diego’s defense also gave up 10 plays of 15 or more yards against Tennessee’s offense.

McCoy did not place the blame for Sunday’s loss solely on the failure of his defense in keeping Tennessee out of the end zone at the end of the game. Instead, McCoy said it wouldn’t have come to that had San Diego’s offense converted a few more first downs.

“I’ll take any day to make a team go 94 yards in a two-minute situation, and put it on our defense to make a stop,” McCoy said. “But like I told the team, don’t get to that point. Don’t put it on the defense. Convert that four-minute situation, pick up a first down there at the end of the game, and then the game’s over. There’s no excuse there. We didn’t get it done.”

McCoy was asked how he expected to fix a defense that's giving up an average of 470 yards a game, second worst in the league.

“We’ve got the roster we’ve got,” McCoy said. “We’ve got personnel to win with, and we’ve got a lot of good players. We’ve just got to do our job better. It doesn’t matter on offense, defense or special teams, we’ve got good players here. It’s just a matter of everyone doing their job a little better.

“Don’t give up the big plays. Rush the quarterback a little bit better. Find a way to get to the quarterback, and good things will happen.”

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