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Mailbag: Goal Line Offense and Bouncing Back

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Check out this week's edition of Ricky Henne's Fan Mailbag.

Q: What is the team’s take on the goal line series against Washington in which they did not score?  How are they going to remedy this? – Joe Smyth

A:  This was undoubtedly the hottest topic in today’s mailbag, and I understand why.  The team’s take is pretty simple – they have to execute better.  They understand that they are just 2-of-11 at the opposition’s one yard line, but getting into the end zone comes down to execution.  This is what Philip Rivers had to say about it Wednesday at the podium:

“You’ve just got to score. There’s no magic we ‘ll dream up (at practice) in the next few days. You’ve just got to find a way to score. It’s really nothing more than that. Just find a way to score when we’re in those situations. I’m sure we’ll be presented with them here soon.  If not Sunday, then games in the future. We’ve got to find a way to get in.”

Q: I'm very heartbroken over last week's loss. How does a team bounce back from that, especially with the Broncos up this week?  Thank you. – Joe Smyth

A:  Simply put, this is a team full of professionals.  After the game, many said they would allow themselves to be upset and angry for the next day or so, but then they would manifest those feelings into getting prepared for the task at hand, which is the Denver Broncos.  After speaking with the players today, that is the exact mindset they’ve come back to practice with.  This team is focused on one thing and one thing alone right now, and that’s getting a ‘W’ against the Broncos.


Q: Our rookies have been so good so far. Are you worried they will hit a rookie wall? – Adam Phillips

A: I’m not worried about this so called “rookie wall.”  I understand that there is a significant jump in the amount of games and quality of play from the collegiate level to the pros.  But the Chargers have terrific strength and conditioning coaches, as well as trainers, so they are in tip-top shape and ready for the second half of the season.

Q: Does the team get extra motivated to play AFC West opponents more than other opponents? – Melissa Hammer

A: I’m not sure if extra motivated is the correct word since they are supremely motivated each and every week.  However, there is a certain extra “professional hatred” as Head Coach Mike McCoy calls it that does exist.  The Bolts face the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs twice a year as they battle for the AFC West crown and a guaranteed spot in the playoffs.  That inherently breeds extra animosity and acrimony.

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