Q: As a diehard fan I'm disappointed in the result of this game. Can you help me find the silver lining in this situation?– Charlie Himmelberger
Q: Ricky, I too am heartbroken over our Week 1 loss. Talk me off a cliff here! – Jerry Watkins
A: I got a lot of questions similar to those of both Charlie and Jerry. There are many positives to take from the game, especially from the first half. But for everyone who is so upset over the loss, which everyone in the organization is as well, overall, it’s only one game; there are 15 more. And from what I’ve witnessed on the practice field and in the locker room, this team is using the loss as motivation going into Week 2 rather than letting it be a setback. On Tuesday I wrote about how the team is using the loss for motivation as they prepare for Week 2 if you’d like more reassurance.
Q: Man watching our offense out there made me proud to be repping a Philip jersey. But the fourth quarter got me worried it would be the same thing as last season. What did you think about the offense overall? Positive or negative? What about the fourth quarter? – David Davis
A: This was another popular question in the mailbag this week. Many of you were thrilled about how Philip and the offense championed thru the first 35 minutes, but were baffled and then discouraged by the last 25. The encouraging signs were hard to find in the end , but looking back, don’t forget the four touchdown passes Philip tossed for the fifth time in his career while also completing a pass to seven different receivers. The Bolts also pieced together numerous long scoring drives, moving the ball down the field in a variety of ways. They were 50 percent on third down, four for four in the red zone and converted their lone fourth down attempt. As McCoy reiterated, when you do those types of things you will win more often than not. Now, if you want my thoughts on the fourth quarter, I’m going to defer to what McCoy said yesterday as it echoes my feelings as well:
“First, you have to give them a lot of credit for the play Brian Cushing made, there is some technique we could do better as well. Offensively, there is a way to do things there to execute the play a little better. Not just Philip, but other players as well. Everyone has a responsibility to do a certain thing on a certain play. It came down to us not executing the system properly. We had a big drop on third down. We should be moving the chains there and we dropped the ball. That’s the game of football. It’s a matter of us executing when the game is on the line.”
Q: Ricky! Many of us are jealous of the access you get to have to our favorite team. What is one thing about the Chargers that you think we may not know? – Harold Faith
A: Great question. I think every team in the NFL puts in a tremendous amount of work, but I know for a fact the incredible work ethic of the San Diego Chargers. Watching them on the practice field, it’s impossible not to be impressed by how much effort they put forth day in and day out to get ready for each Sunday. So much preparation goes into every single play from the coaches down to the players, and if there is one thing I hope the fans appreciate it would be how much hard work the Chargers put in each and every day.
A: Hard to argue with you Manuel. Watching him out there reminded me of what Chris Berman said when I spoke to him last month, when he said Butler is probably the best player no one knows about. Those that matter in the NFL certainly know about him, and if he has more 13 tackle games while sacking the quarterback, he will be a household name in no time. He certainly deserves to be.