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Six Cold Hard Facts from the Colts Game
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Here is a six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 26-22 loss to the Colts:
“Nobody is perfect out here. It is football. You will make mistakes, even the best of them do, so like I said, we have to get back in the film room and tighten up. We played pretty sloppy today. I don’t think we played Chargers football. This wasn’t our best football. We will figure it out.”
“Like I told the team, we have to put teams away when we have the opportunity to do it. At some time, when you have an opportunity when there is a four-minute drive, a two-minute stop, so it is never just one play, it's never just one series, as we all know in this game, in the NFL, more often than not, it comes down to making those plays at the end of the game.”
“This is nothing compared to what is going on in my head and my heart. I have been playing this game for 20 years. I have been playing this game since I was five and all my family is in my head and my family here with the Chargers and we just had so many big dreams. I had so many big dreams for my team. Just because I am down does not mean that it is over and it is still going, but I just wish I could be right there with them. I am still going to be there just like I was in the second half, but I am not going to be out there with them and that is the thing that hurts the most. It is where I am most comfortable. It is where I have the most fun. It’s stuff like that that happens.”
“There were a number of them during the game, but there were five first downs. It’s something we have to obviously eliminate…. There are going to be (flags each game) whether it’s a holding or a contact penalty, but to have that many in a game is way too many. We’re going to play aggressively, but we have to make sure we don’t penalize our team.”
“It was cool just to be able to be in that position. I was happy to capitalize on the opportunity….(Today’s loss was) all execution. It all comes down to that – just taking advantage of every opportunity. It’s disappointing when it doesn’t happen.”
“Give the Colts credit for what they did to take some things away but I know a couple plays (where) there were some missed opportunities. That is one of our strengths. The success we have had in the red area historically, so we have to finish with touchdowns in the red area. It is that third down, that four-point play you always talk about, converting on third down to give yourself a touchdown or more opportunities to score a touchdown.” Read