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Mistakes, Lack of Execution Doom Chargers
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From the moment he was hired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers, Mike McCoy stressed execution from all three facets of the game.
Sunday night in Oakland, the offense, defense and special teams failed at executing as they fell to the Raiders 27-17.
“No excuses; we got beat tonight,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “We came out and got beat in all three phases. It’s tough to go on the road and turn the ball over the way we did. We gave up too many big plays. It all starts with just executing the system that’s in place. (There was) a lack of execution. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us so we’ll just keep working. ”
The first mistake came on the third play of the game. Facing 3rd-and-10, Philip Rivers looked deep for Eddie Royal. It appeared that the wide receiver came to a stop while Rivers thought he’d keep running, and the ball soared over Royal’s head into the arms of Usama Young.
On the very next play, Terrelle Pryor completed a 44-yard touchdown to Rod Streater to give the Raiders an early lead.
“You never want to get down like that obviously,” said Eric Weddle. “(Pryor) made a great throw. Derek (Cox) was in position, you’ve just got to make the play. He gets confidence from making that throw, and then they come down and score again. We played well after that, but it just wasn’t a team effort. They outplayed us. Give credit to the Raiders. They outplayed us in every facet and they deserve all the credit.”
The next most glaring lack of execution came in the second quarter with the Chargers at the one-yard line down 14-0. McCoy opted to go for it on fourth down, but Danny Woodhead met a wall of Oakland defenders shy of the goal line and the team failed to come away with any points.
“I just thought it was a good opportunity for us,” McCoy said about his reason for going for it. “They had all the momentum in the game at that point in time. It was 4th-and-1 and we had a good idea to run the play. We had a run/pass check in there, we ran the ball and they went blitz-zero on us. They made a play (but) I’d do it again tomorrow.”
After the defense came up with a stop, Royal muffed a punt in Chargers territory that Oakland’s Chmidi Chekwa recovered. Three plays later Sebastian Janikowski booted a 46-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead.
Later in the third quarter, the Raiders blocked a Chargers field goal, but Ladarius Green managed to salvage that mistake by recovering the ball and running for a first down.
After a clutch stop by the defense it appeared the Chargers had a jolt of life. Unfortunately, two plays into the series, Woodhead fumbled and the Raiders returned it for a touchdown, all but sealing the win. With less than two minutes remaining in the game and the team down by 10, Rivers tossed two more interceptions while trying desperately to force his team into making a play.
According to McCoy, the five total turnovers are unacceptable. When a team commits that many mistakes it becomes incredibly tough to pull out a win.
“Give them all the credit in the world,” said McCoy. “They created the turnovers. They made the plays. We didn’t. There was a lack of execution on our part. They out executed us. They played better than we did. That’s why you lose. The parity is so close in this league week in and week out, you’ve got to play you’re ‘A’ game every week." Read