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Turnovers, Mistakes Doom Chargers in Loss
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Too many mistakes.
Yes, despite the loss there was a still good amount of things to come away happy with in Thursday night’s game. Most notably there was the way the team battled back from a 20-point deficit, the defense limiting the Bears to field goals despite the home team having strong starting field position and the continued development of a strong rushing attack led by Ryan Mathews.
But in the end, there were too many mistakes for the Chargers to overcome in a 33-28 loss to the Bears.
According to head coach Mike McCoy, that is unacceptable.
“I want to point out obviously is that it’s tough coming out on the road enough as it is, and to turn the ball over as many times as we did today (and) giving up big plays on special teams makes it difficult for the football team,” McCoy said. “So that’s one area we definitely have to improve upon going on the road next week again. I’m very disappointed in the (amount) of turnovers we had and the lack of protection early on at certain times with the first group in there. So we’ve got to improve that.”
Three of the Bolts’ four turnovers occurred on offense. While Philip Rivers was encouraged by the way the team moved the ball, he acknowledged that from this point going forward, they can’t shoot themselves in the foot by giving the ball away.
“I thought we did some good things,” the quarterback said in the locker room after the final whistle. “We moved the ball well. We just can’t turn the ball over. Really, that’s the only negative I can find offensively. Obviously you want to score. But I thought the guys up front were solid. We got beat one time. The other time, the sack-fumble was 100% my fault. I was too deep. I looked at the picture and saw it right away. It was absolutely perfect by the left tackle. He’s running the guy by him 10-plus yards deep, and there I am standing there. But I can fix that. That’s already been fixed right now. And you start to see there’s the difference between a gimme touchdown to Vincent Brown or a sack fumble.”
Those mistakes put the Chargers defense's backs up against the wall. While they did give up 33 points, they did a good job for the most part limiting the Bears fortuitous field position to field goals instead of touchdowns.
“The defense, give them a lot of credit,” he said. “They kept us in the game. . I know the points that they gave up, but there was poor field position the entire for the defense. It put them in a bind. They stepped up and answered the bell in sudden change situations there. They did a nice job…If the defense eliminates the one big run, they had a pretty decent day.”
One player earning McCoy’s praise was Mathews, who picked up right where he left off last week by rushing for 45 yards on nine carries.
“The way Ryan Mathews ran the football today was outstanding,” he said. “We ran the football efficiently tonight, and I think the way he’s running the football that’s what we’re looking for.”
Still, in the end, there were too many mistakes that doomed San Diego. McCoy is eager to head back to Chargers Park and get started on correcting them.
“There are no excuses here,” he said. “We’re going to move on. We’re going to learn from the film. We’ll go back and have a meeting tomorrow with the team, and we’ll evaluate the film as a staff and make whatever changes or improvements we have to do moving forward.” Read