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Six Cold Hard Facts from the Titans Game
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Here is a six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 43-35 win over the Tennessee Titans.
“A big team win. Great effort by everybody in all three phases of making enough plays throughout the game. Got off there to a fast start and then they kind of got on a little roll there, but we responded to it. Very pleased with the way everybody played the game.”
“He was just awesome. I would have paid a ticket to watch him today. It was good. We were very balanced obviously, today. We had more of an up tempo, no huddle deal like we’ve done plenty of times over the past three and a half seasons now. We thought that was going to be to our advantage and I think it was. We came out and scored the first drive and was really rolling there for a while. And then obviously some of the big runs Melvin had and the guys did a great job up front blocking and protecting. It was all around good.”
“We knew it was going to be a physical game and we understood that this football team was coming in here to run the football. We talked about it and said, ‘Listen, we’ve got to be the ones to run the football more efficiently in this game.’ We understand they’ve got a good front on defense, so we’ve got to challenge these guys and we say, ‘This is what it’s got to be. This is how we’ve got to do it.’”
“He played really well. Obviously this is as physical of a game that he’s had to play in a long time. He was the lead blocker on isolation. As he likes to say in his words, ‘I’m in the mix out here’ and he was. And there were a couple he caught going out there then coming in the flat. So it was a good job, a good plan, and we got in a rhythm. In the personnel group a lot of times with Antonio Gates and the three receivers, they’re a heavy past. But we were able to keep them honest with formations and things we were doing. Although I wanted to get him another touchdown. Coming in today I shorted and didn’t quite get what I thought. I told the guys last night in the quarterbacks meeting that I was going to get him nine catches and catch a couple touchdowns. He didn’t quite get that but he definitely had a heck of a game.”
“It felt good to just make a play at home. A key play that was big for our football team. I felt like this was a game we needed to win. We have got like the next five out of eight at home, just to create a spark. I think our team did a good job of creating a spark, to making us just have that feeling at home. (When) we come into the stadium we think we are going to win. That is how we feel. I just felt good to make that play and get a win.”
“Seeing some of the guys at the practice field and here, it puts faces to names and you realize there’s way more than just these guys here over the past 56 years. Over the different times and eras, you just realize what it means to be a San Diego Charger and what it means to be part of this community. A lot of those guys are still part of this community. There were a lot of years represented here today and I was just glad we were able to go out and take care of our part.” Read