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."