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Mailbag: Staying Focused, the Red Zone & Leadership

Posted Nov 20, 2013

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

Q: It's real easy for us fans to get down on you guys with a month's worth of losses. How do you stay focused on winning with all the negativity around the team? – Lance Pry

A: The Chargers work all week long with one goal in mind – to win.  The team is definitely upset with recent results, but they still believe in themselves.   Heading into the season, Head Coach Mike McCoy said there were going to be ups and downs over the course of the year, just like there are with every team.  Right now, the Chargers are going through their toughest stretch, with McCoy admitting the team has dug themselves into a hole.  But the Bolts believe they can right the ship and dig themselves out of it.  There are six games remaining, and the team is not letting negativity seep into the way they prepare.  Personally, I liked the way Eric Weddle and Danny Woodhead addressed this similar question after Sunday’s loss:

“We’ve got to win. Next week we’ve got to win.  We have no other choice.  Everyone still believes.  There is no one on our schedule that we feel we can’t beat if we go outplay right and execute.”  –Weddle

“We’ll go back to work.  We’ll get back in the routine and get ready for the Chiefs. I mean, we’ve got a huge game coming up and that’s all you can really do…We’re going to keep going to work and work hard like we do.  Obviously we have to do everything we can to get it turned around.  If there is a group of guys that can do that, I think we’re capable of that.” – Woodhead

Q: Do you agree red zone efficiency has to get better?– Antonio Garbatti

A: I don’t think it’s a secret that the team realizes it needs to improve once they get within the opponents’ 20-yard line.  The team is having success moving the ball, but they know that too often they are settling for field goals rather than getting seven.   The Chargers rank 22nd in the league in red zone efficiency, securing a touchdown in exactly 50% of their chances.  Against the Dolphins, they executed at a 33% clip.  The team knows that to be successful, they need to improve in the red zone.


Q: You probably know more than anyone else, what kind of guys are McCoy and Telesco? Do we have good guys leading us?– Steve Crum

A: It seems each week I get at least one question that comes in asking about the two guys who form the brain trust of the organization.   I’m not sure if you mean professionally or personally, but in both regards, the Chargers have two great guys leading the way.  Professionally, they are extremely passionate and dedicated, and their enthusiasm has definitely infused the entire organization, from the players to the coaching staff to the front office.  I also think it’s important to note that they believe in building personal relationships with everyone in the organization, which  has a tangible impact across the board. 

 

The Bolts return to Qualcomm Stadium on Dec. 1 for the first of four home games in the month of December when they take on Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals.  Make sure you are here to cheer on the Chargers.  Click here to purchase!


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