Here are five lessons we learned from Sunday’s narrow 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
“In a football game like this, (we had) too many mistakes at critical times during the game,” McCoy said. “Little mistakes killed us in this game today. (We had) a number of them. We’ll go home and analyze the film, look at it and correct it as soon as we can.”
“We’ve got a good football team here and that’s why you’ve got 53 on the roster. I think the players who had an opportunity to step in today did a nice job. They really did. They came in on short notice because of what happened during the week. That’s all part of the game. (We) had every opportunity to win the football game with the guys that were playing. We just didn’t get it done at the end.”
3. Finish Finish Finish –It appeared as though the Bolts learned this lesson following Week 1’s loss to the Houston Texans when they finished the game as well as any Charger fan could hope for against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. Against the Titans, this lesson did not appear to stick. McCoy noted how the team was not able to come up with the big play at the end to finish the game:
“It comes down to the end of the game where we’ve got to make a play, and they made one more play than we did. So give them the credit where it’s deserved. We put them in a situation, and we didn’t finish the game. So we’ve got to improve there.”
“He’s a guy that definitely gives us an opportunity to win football games. Every week we’re trying to put the ball in his hands and let him make decisions….He just has a competitive spirit. That’s the nature of who he is. As you can see he wants to win football games. I’ve been in so many battles with him. He’s going to be the first guy in the locker room, he’s going to be the last guy to leave and he’s going to play his heart out every Sunday. ”
5. Correct it and Do Better – That’s the (correct) mindset the Chargers are taking after another last second loss. It’s a long season with 13 games to go. The Bolts will use this experience to fix their mistakes and move on, beginning Sunday at home against the Dallas Cowboys.
“We’ve been through it already against Houston, and we rebounded. Obviously Dallas is as talented a team as they come, so there’s no feeling sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to correct it, look at the film and see what could have been done better. "