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Mailbag: Tight Ends & the Effect of New Rule Changes
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Q: The only tight end I recognize is Antonio Gates. Should I be concerned? - Charley Brackenridge
Q: Which new rule will have the biggest impact on the Chargers? – Lucas Blackburn
Q: Why does coach McCoy defer when we win the coin toss? Don't we want the football to get a quick start and not give the ball to the other team for them to score first?– David Valez
A: Mike McCoy’s preference to defer until the second half is becoming the norm in the NFL, and is a strategy I believe every team should deploy. The opportunity to score at the end of the first half, get the ball back and score again can have game-changing ramifications. You are giving your team a chance to post 14 straight points without the opposition even touching the ball.
Q: Who is Dexter McCoil? I see him on the roster but don’t remember signing him. – Blake Thompson
A: The Chargers signed the CFL import in mid-January, and he is a 6-4, 240-pound hybrid defender capable of playing both inside linebacker and safety. He was highly productive over two seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, posting 76 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and one fumble recovery as Edmonton captured the 2015 Grey Cup Championship. He was also the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2014 when he had 67 tackles and four sacks and tied for the league-lead with six interceptions, including three returns for touchdowns. The Bolts have had success with CFL stars in recent years, and hope he can be the next.