Here are five lessons we learned from Sunday’s disappointing 27-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
“You’ve got to tip your cap to them; they just outplayed us tonight really. It’s hard enough to win on the road, but when you give a team a 17 point lead, you’re fighting an uphill battle the rest of the way. It’s a tough thing to overcome in this league.”
2. Too Many Mistakes – As we also pointed out last night, the Chargers simply made too many mistakes to win the football game. Winning on the road is difficult enough, but committing five turnovers, giving up big plays on defense and committing special team blunders are a recipe for disaster. As such, Head Coach Mike McCoy lamented the team’s mistakes and lack of execution immediately following the game:
“No excuses; we got beat tonight. We came out and got beat in all three phases. It’s tough to go on the road and turn the ball over the way we did. We gave up too many big plays. It all starts with just executing the system that’s in place. (There was) a lack of execution. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us so we’ll just keep working.”
3. Young Receivers Step Up –We will shortly have an article on the performance of two young, dynamic wide receivers in
“Those two guys, it was great to see them play the way they played because we’re going to need them to step up big like that the rest of the year. Those two guys are going to be on the field just about every snap. So I thought both of them we were really good.”
4. Next Guy Up…Again – Once again, the Chargers relied on many reserves entering the game, and for the most part they performed admirably. During the game, the team lost a couple of weapons, most notably
“You saw the ball going up and down the field. It wasn’t like we were stuck in mud there (with the changes) and couldn’t get a first down.”
5. Better Preparation for Week 6– It’s been a see-saw each and every week of the season so far as the Bolts fell only to bounce back with a win the following week. While the team has been prepared each week, what many have said they learned so far from this back and forth is that the games they have been victorious have been when they were the best prepared. That being said, they will spend the next day or two watching the tape to learn from their mistakes in order to be prepared for the Indianapolis Colts. Take what Gates said for example:
“You definitely have to go back and watch the film to get ready for the next week. We have to fix the mistakes and move on. We kind of know in essence what this loss was about. Slow start. Too many turnovers. You can’t win a football game like that. Not in this league. But it’s on to the next game now and we’ll use this to get better. We have to."