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Monday, December 2, 2013
McCoy: Slumping Chargers still believe

By Eric D. Williams

SAN DIEGO -- For San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy, his team’s 4-3 record at the bye week seems like a distant memory.

“Yeah, it does,” McCoy said during his news conference with reporters here on Monday.

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But even with his team losing four of its past five games and clinging to the faintest of postseason hopes at 5-7, McCoy says there is no concern about players mailing it in for the rest of the season.

“No,” McCoy said. “And the reason I say that very confidently is that I think the coaching staff we have here in place, the way the players have worked from Day 1 -- from the very first meeting all the way through OTA’s [organized team activities] and training camp -- and knowing what kind of players we have here and the leadership we have here, not at all.

“I think they work extremely hard and they play their tails off, and they all know what’s at stake.”

So what’s the reason for his team’s free-fall?

“I think at critical times we made too many mistakes,” McCoy said. “If you go back through every game, I think you look at certain situations where we haven’t executed properly. We just haven’t got it done. And that’s what this game is all about. ... It’s about being more consistent week in and week out. And not just in a certain time, but the whole game -- making the plays that are there.”