Here are five lessons we learned from Sunday’s big 30-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
“I think when you sum it all up, from an individual standpoint, the sky’s the limit on what he can do and what he can accomplish. You satisfy it when you can get away with a win. I think that’s when you can embrace scoring a touchdown and you go into the next week saying, ‘Wow that was pretty spectacular.’”
2. The Finishers –It seems every week we’re talking about the need to finish, and the Chargers did just that against Dallas. The team ended the game on a 20-0 run, and they punctuated it by forcing a turnover at the goal-line.
"You have to finish and you have to come up with the opportunity. Come up with a big stand on defense. Then you have to finish it on offense, go down and score, run out the clock towards the end and come up with a turnover like we did in the end of the game. That’s what it’s all about.”
“Danny’s funny because in a lot of ways he looks like a wide receiver, the way he runs routes, the way he catches the ball. But, he’s a heck of a running back, as you see. I was handing it to him. You get him matched up there on a linebacker on a go route. It’s not a ball you throw very often but when it comes up, you’ve got to take advantage of it, and get him on a will route down there in the red zone that – kind of the same deal – [he’s] matched up on a linebacker, and they kind of busted it I think. I know a lot of you heard me say how excited I was about him all off season. He’s been everything I certainly expected and hoped for these first four weeks of the season.”
4. Stepping In and Stepping Up – The Chargers were without numerous starters before the game and lost some during the game as well, forcing the reserves into action. They responded and they responded well. .
“That’s part of the NFL. It’s a business and I understand that. You just have to be ready when your number is called.”
5. To the Coaches’ Credit – It’s sometimes easy to overlook the coaches after a win, but every single Chargers coach deserves kudos for the job they did cultivating the game plan and preparing the players. McCoy gave them kudos on numerous occasions after the game:
“That’s what this game is all about. I’m proud of the football team and the coaches. The coaches deserve a lot of credit for what we’ve gone through last week with all of the injuries, especially up front with the offensive line. (Offensive Line Coaches) Joe D’Alessandris and Andrew (Dees) did an outstanding job and never skipped a beat. They did an outstanding job up front, not only putting a great plan together, but teaching it to the players. And it all started in practice. The big saying last week on the football team was to practice the way we’re going to play. From Wednesday to Friday, we can’t do much better. We’re going to ask for better, but it was very efficient and the tempo that we wanted."