Despite the 21-7 loss, the Chargers’ top offense looked sharp in Sunday’s Week 3 preseason matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
“Offensively, there were a lot of good things with that group, but unfortunately with the short yardage situation and going for it, we stubbed our toe there,” McCoy said. “We’ve got to do a better job there and execute in critical situations. But we told them last night if we have a fourth-and-one we’re going for it so we’ve got to do better there.”
Even though it’s only the preseason, when playing against opposing first-team defenses, Rivers looks to be capitalizing on last season’s career-year performance. He looked crisp working through Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich’s no huddle, shotgun offense for most of his time on the field going 9-for-10 for 85-yards and one touchdown.
Rivers said he was pleased with what he accomplished today.
“Statistically I don’t think it means much in the preseason, but it is more about the communication, the rhythm and the little things. It is more about ironing out the kinks and I believe we have done that thus far,” he said.
“That’s the way he’s been since the first day we got here,” McCoy said. “When you’ve got a quarterback like that who understands the system the way he does, he’s going to make a lot of good decisions for your team. He’s got a great supporting cast also and a good offensive line. We’ve just got to keep building on that.”
Rivers’ sole touchdown came to a familiar face on the Chargers offense, tight end
“I just try to go out and do what I need to do to help us win,” Gates said. “My job is not to criticize or look at no one else’s play and say ‘this is what they need to do.’ That’s why they pay the coaches. For me, it’s just to go out and try to do things I can to do help us win and that’s what I was trying to do today.”
As for the running backs, the “three-headed-monster” of