AFC West: 2013 Week 14 NYG at SD

SAN DIEGO -- Mike McCoy acknowledged after the San Diego Chargers' win over the New York Giants that teams may covet his offensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt, for potential head coaching vacancies.

But those organizations will have to wait until the end of the season for a chance to interview Whisenhunt.

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Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesChargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will get plenty of attention from teams seeking a new head coach.
“He's ready to go this week to try and find a way to beat Denver,” McCoy said. “He's going to take care of all of that down the road. Ken's not worrying about that one bit. He put a great plan together, and he's not worrying about that right now.”

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Saturday that the Houston Texans have Whisenhunt squarely on the radar for their vacancy, and are expected to interview the San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator at the soonest chance possible, according to league sources.

Per Schefter, Texans general manager Rick Smith and Whisenhunt got to know each other well from the one year they spent together working on the NFL's competition committee.

Whisenhunt served as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2007-12. He joined the Chargers after being fired by Arizona following a 5-11 season in 2012. Whisenhunt was 45-51 overall with the Cardinals and led them to Super Bowl XLIII, where Arizona fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In his first season with the Chargers, Whisenhunt is partly responsible for quarterback Philip Rivers playing his best football during his 10 years in San Diego.

“His record for where he's been speaks for itself,” McCoy said about Whisenhunt. “Good coaches get good opportunities. And when you have good players and you win games, and offense, defense and special teams -- your phase does well -- it's deserving.”
SAN DIEGO -- Ask Melvin Ingram how he feels playing for the first time since anterior cruciate ligament knee surgery in May, and you’ll get the same answer.

“Not good, I feel great,” says a smiling Ingram after playing unofficially 13 snaps in San Diego's convincing 37-14 victory victory against the New York Giants on Sunday.

San Diego coach Mike McCoy said the team and the training staff had a plan to manage Ingram in his first game action in nearly a year, after being activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to the active roster this weekend.

“We could have waited, but where he was -- the medical staff did an outstanding job with him,” McCoy said. “And give Melvin a lot of credit for the way he’s worked. From the very first 30 seconds after he went down he said, ‘Don’t worry coach, I’ll be back. I’ll play next year.’ So give him and the medical staff all the credit in the world for the way they’ve worked.”

For his part, Ingram said he was pleased to part of his team’s victory Sunday.

“This is my first game back,” Ingram said. “I feel like I’m in a good spot, but there’s always room for improvement.”

Ingram was part of a handful of veteran players returning from injury for the Chargers on Sunday, including receiver Eddie Royal, outside linebacker Jarret Johnson and left tackle King Dunlap.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers said the team received an energy boost from having Ingram and the rest of those veterans back in action.

“Anytime you get a guy like that back, it gives you a spark,” Rivers said about having Ingram back on the field. “Obviously the guys that have been around have seen the way he’s pushed [to get back on the field]. And you want to see guys be healthy.”

Added cornerback Shareece Wright: “Just his passion for the game, and his determination to get hurt and come back -- just wanting to play so bad. We definitely feed off of that.”

Ingram seemed out of place and a step slow at times. But he provided some good pressure off the edge on a handful of pass rushes, and finished with a tackle. Now, Ingram has to turn around and do it again on the road against the Denver Broncos on Thursday in a short week.

Rapid Reaction: San Diego Chargers

December, 8, 2013

SAN DIEGO -- A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers' 37-14 victory over the New York Giants.

What it means: San Diego recorded its largest margin of victory this season. The Chargers move to 6-7 and are tied with the New York Jets (6-7) and a game behind the Baltimore Ravens (7-6) and Miami Dolphins (7-6) for the final AFC spot with three games to play.

Manning sputters: In his first game back in San Diego since 2005, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning struggled, finishing 20-of-32 for 259 yards, a touchdown pass and two interceptions. Manning was loudly booed by fans at Qualcomm Stadium when he took the field. Manning, who spurned the Chargers in the 2004 draft, is 0-3 in his 10-year career against San Diego.

Melvin Ingram solid in return: In his first game in nearly a year coming off anterior cruciate ligament knee surgery in May, Ingram unofficially played 13 snaps. Ingram had trouble containing the run a few times and finished with just one tackle. But he left the game healthy, which is the most important thing for the Chargers.

Stock watch: Running back Ryan Mathews gained 103 yards on a season-high 29 carries, as the Chargers controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Mathews eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season.

What’s next: The Chargers travel to Denver for the team’s final road game of the season, a Thursday night contest at Mile High Stadium at 5:25 PT.