AFC West: 2013 Week 9 NFL Buzz

LANDOVER, Md. -- Quotes from the locker room after the San Diego Chargers 30-24 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins.

Goal line play-calling questioned: San Diego coach Mike McCoy answered several questions on his team’s inability to get in the end zone from a yard out with 21 seconds left to win the game in regulation

McCoy said even though his team was unsuccessful, and had to settle for a Nick Novak 19-yard field goal to push the game into overtime, he stands by offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt’s play calling in that crucial part of the game.

“I’m not questioning what we did,” McCoy said. “We’re not questioning that. This is a team game. It’s the San Diego Chargers organization, and I’m not questioning any of the calls. We did what we thought was best to win the football game. And we’re moving on.”

So will the Chargers try something different on the goal line next time?

“We’re going to do what we think is best to win the football game,” McCoy said. “We’re not trying to second guess ourselves. In this business, would’ve, should’ve, could’ve. If one of those three plays work, there’s no questions asked. If they don’t work, the questions come out, and they won’t stop. So it’s part of the game.”

McCoy said he never considered going for it on fourth down.

Washington’s Young surprises Chargers: San Diego’s defense was prepared for running back Alfred Morris to get a lot of touches, so it’s no surprise he ran for 121 yards. However, Darrel Young getting the ball at the goal line and scoring three touchdowns -- including the game winner -- was unexpected, according to Chargers outside linebacker Jarret Johnson.

Young had just two carries for 19 yards heading into Sunday’s contest.

“They’ve haven’t done that all year,” Johnson said. “They’ve had 12 goal line plays this year, and eight of them were the same play, which was not that one.

“The first one, it bellied back my way, and it kind of shocked me because he hadn’t had that many carries this year. And then we got down there again, and we kind of played it a little better. But it was just so tight, and he’s a big strong guy. So he fell forward and made a play.

“And then the last one, he went the other way, so I’ll have to look at it. But he’s a big, strong guy and we have to play better on the goal line.”

Defense can’t get off the field: In the last two games, the Chargers had allowed opponents to convert just 5 of 21 (23.8 percent) times on third down. But against Washington, San Diego’s defense allowed the Redskins to convert 12 of 17 times (71 percent).

Washington finished with four drives of nine plays or more and 500 yards of total offense. Despite that, the Chargers still had a chance to escape with a victory.

"It’s one thing if a team just blows you out," Johnson said. "You’re like, 'All right, on to next week.' But God dang, we came back strong and made a bunch of plays on offense with two unbelievable drives. And then to still lose is frustrating."

Locker Room Buzz: Kansas City Chiefs

November, 3, 2013
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Observed in the locker room after the Kansas City Chiefs23-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills:

Celebrating in style: Linebacker Tamba Hali, on his 30th birthday, did something before the game that he says he rarely does before playing. He had breakfast. “I usually don’t eat on game day but I ate today for some reason," said Hali, who scored a fourth-quarter touchdown on a fumble return. “A bagel and bacon and an omelet [that] I put on the bagel. It was good."

Injury-free: The Chiefs didn’t lose anyone to injury. Last week against Cleveland they didn't lose any of their front-line players, but rookie defensive lineman Mike Catapano, a backup who played mostly on special teams, suffered a high ankle sprain that kept him out against the Bills.

Smith’s introduction to Buffalo: Quarterback Alex Smith played his first game in Buffalo on Sunday. On a wintry day with temperatures in the 30s, Smith survived the tricky winds at Ralph Wilson Stadium to complete 19 of 29 passes. But he threw for just 124 yards, with his longest completion of the day going for 20 yards.