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Six Cold Hard Facts from the Saints Game
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Here is a six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 35-34 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
“I don’t care what happens throughout the game. I don’t care. Good play, bad play, who gives a (crap). When it comes time to make a play, you have to just do it. Whatever the situation calls for, it needs to be done…. The most disheartening thing is that we are not learning from (the past).”
“You’re up 13 with 6:50 left and two snaps later you’re down one so it’s just tough. I’m not there putting it on those two guys but you hate it for them. Nobody wants to fumble, nobody wants to throw an incompletion and nobody wants to miss a block. And that’s not looking for sympathy but nobody is trying to make mistakes. That’s why it’s a game for me that’s more valuable than just a game. It’s the lessons that you learn and sometimes you don’t know why.”
“Furious. A major disappointment. You get the lead we had and to fall apart. A major disappointment. Frustration is an understatement. I can’t say right now in this microphone how I really, truly feel…We’re making critical mistakes at critical times in the game and giving other teams opportunities to beat us. We are giving it away.”
“There were a number of moving pieces. They’re shuffling and fighting like…. Everybody’s efforts are there. This isn’t an excuse. Some of these plays are coming on you. I’ve thrown that ball to (Antonio) Gates and a handful of others in this game who knows how many thousand times. We’re in Week 4 with a lot of guys and moving parts and still scoring 34 points. It just hasn’t been enough yet.”
“The pass to Hunter that he dove and made an unbelievable catch; I wish I could have kept him up and that one and he would have scored. Maybe that would have been the difference. It’s things like that I’ll be sick about today.”
6. Lesson Finally Learned? – The Chargers have two tough division opponents on deck in a span of five days. There will be no margin for error in either contest, beginning with Sunday’s trip to the Black Hole. So have the Chargers finally learned their lessons from the first four weeks, or will the team make the same mistakes and mental miscues? We’ll all find out Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Read