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Mike McCoy Mixing Up Offensive Line

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Head coach Mike McCoy is using training camp to make sure he finds the best five-man combination.

A lot of attention has been paid to the San Diego Chargers offensive line.

That’s going to happen when a team signs four free agents, spends its first-round draft choice on a right-tackle, moves last year’s right tackle inside to guard and has only one player returning at the same position.

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Over the first three days of training camp, head coach Mike McCoy has diligently been trying to find the right combination to compose his starting five. 

“We’re going to move guys around,” he said. “We’ve got to find out who the best five guys are and that’s our goal; to figure out who those guys are going to be, move guys around, play guys right and left, bounce them around, maybe move a center to a guard.  Just do things because it’s a long year as we all know and the bad part of the game is that guys get dinged here and there so guys have got to be able to step up and we’re going to figure out who those guys are.  We’re going to build depth on the football team so we’re going to move guys continuously throughout training camp.”

It doesn’t matter to McCoy how quickly it takes to decide upon a starting five, it just matters that they make the right decision.

“I think the sooner (a decision is made) the better,” he said. “But I’m not going to say it has to be set by this date. We’re going to do whatever we can to put the best five guys out there, and obviously involve the tight ends and fullbacks and everybody. And make the receivers do a great job of blocking in the running game and do certain things. The sooner we can do that the better. But we’re not going to say it has to be set by this date.”

Overall, the offensive line is making great strides as the head coach said they had a particularly strong practice Saturday morning.  

“I think the offensive line did a good job running the football today,” McCoy said. “There is give and take to every practice. I think we did a great job up front of communicating and coming off the football. They did a nice job.”

Chad Rinehart agrees with his head coach that the team is coming together nicely, building off what they did in the offseason.

“It takes a little while to gel but I feel like we’re picking up where we left off in OTA and it’s feeling good,” said the guard who signed with the Chargers on the first day of free agency. “It’s a new coach and a new system so everyone is feeling the system out.  The running backs are getting used to the blocks and where the holes are going to be.  We’re just getting used to Philip (Rivers) and getting used to his cadence and how he audibles and whatnot.”

Still, the players constituting the offensive line aren’t satisfied with where they are.  They know they have to put in the work in order to become the cohesive unit they need to be.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Nick Hardwick. “Every day we’ve got a lot of work to do.  We’ll continue to find something that we have to build on every single day. Then we’ll go back and get better at something.  It’s a day to day thing and it’s a week to week thing and we’ll have to continue to do that until the end of the year if we want to be where we want to be.”

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