San Diego Chargers: Crezdon Butler

SAN DIEGO -- Observed in the locker room after the San Diego Chargers' 30-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Fast-talking McCoy: Still wired from the win, San Diego coach Mike McCoy did not take too many breaths in between words at the podium after this one.

So does McCoy always talk that fast?

“My wife tells me, 'yes,' ” McCoy joked. “But I’m a little excited, too, so it’s a good reason to talk fast. ... There’s nothing like winning, so I’ll probably talk fast all night.”

A team-defining win: San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers said Sunday’s win over the Cowboys is the type of victory that can help create an identity for his team. “These are the kind of wins that kind of define your character, your personality, your identity,” he said.

Redemption for Butler: Reserve cornerback Crezdon Butler gave up the winning score against Tennessee last week, a 34-yard touchdown reception by Titans rookie receiver Justin Hunter. Butler redeemed himself on Sunday, forcing Dallas rookie receiver Terrance Williams to cough up the ball at the goal line late in the game to help preserve a win. Butler’s teammate Richard Marshall recovered the fumble.

“It feels good,” Butler said. “Last week was tough, and I had to move on from that. Being a defensive back you have to have a short-term memory, and it was time to move on. I’m glad I made that play today.”

A strong finish: After giving up two fourth-quarter leads in the first three games, the Chargers finally finished strong, scoring 20 unanswered points to put the game away. San Diego linebacker Reggie Walker said his team can build on Sunday’s effort.

“It’s a thing that was kind of being held over our heads, not finishing,” Walker said. “And then we went in there and finally finished a game, which is awesome.”
SAN DIEGO -- A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers30-21 win against the Dallas Cowboys.

What it means: With several starters out, the short-handed Chargers rebounded from a tough loss on the road last week at Tennessee with an impressive win at home against the Cowboys. With the win, San Diego improved to 2-2 on the year.

Rivers clicks with Gates: San Diego’s longtime quarterback-to-tight end duo of Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates revved it up against the Cowboys. Rivers completed 35 of 42 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Rivers’ only blemish was an interception to Dallas linebacker Sean Lee returned for a 52-yard touchdown. It’s Rivers' fifth, 400-yard passing game of his career. Rivers’ favorite target was Gates, who finished with 10 catches for 136 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown for San Diego’s final score of the game.

Stock watch: Rookie receiver Keenan Allen had his best day as a pro, finishing with five receptions for 80 yards. With Malcom Floyd out for a second straight game due to a neck issue, Allen did a nice job of stepping in to fill the void.

Defense creates pressure: The Chargers came into Sunday’s contest with just six sacks in three games, but managed to sack Dallas quarterback Tony Romo three times. With two starting cornerbacks and pass-rush specialist Dwight Freeney (quad) unavailable in the second half, the Chargers held Romo to 245 total passing yards, and contained running back DeMarco Murray to just 70 yards on the ground.

Turnover drought ends: The Chargers managed to create a turnover late, with cornerback Crezdon Butler forcing Dallas rookie receiver Terrance Williams to fumble the ball as he reached for the goal line. Fellow cornerback Richard Marshall recovered the fumble in the end zone with 2:42 left in the game. The play resulted in San Diego’s second turnover this season.

What’s next: The Chargers go on the road for San Diego’s first AFC West contest of the year at Oakland on Sunday, tentatively scheduled for a 4:25 p.m. ET/1:25 p.m. PT kickoff.

Chargers make move on defense

September, 17, 2013
Tom Telesco brought in one of his former players and now he has ushered him out of San Diego.

Tuesday, the Chargers cut defensive tackle Drake Nevis and signed cornerback Crezdon Butler. This is Butler’s fourth NFL season. He spent six games in Buffalo last season. The Bills released him earlier this month. He adds depth to a fairly thin position in San Diego.

Nevis was claimed off waivers by the Colts earlier this month. Telesco was in Indianapolis with Nevis. He could not crack the rotation in San Diego.