The San Diego Chargers did so much right for long stretches of the 2013 season which made it frustrating to so many of the players to commit such uncharacteristic plays against Denver for the majority of the game.
“Give credit to them because they had a good game plan and switched it up a little bit,” said
During the five-game winning streak, the team played the brand of complementary ball Head Coach Mike McCoy constantly preaches. On Sunday they were unable to do so. After the defense forced a key turnover early in the second quarter, the offense was unable to muster a sustained drive. They set up a long 53-yard
Overall, the offense was out of synch for a large portion of the game. The best team in the league at converting third downs managed to make only four of 12 attempts. Known for dominating time of possession with long drives, San Diego actually lost the time of possession battle by over 10 minutes. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Bolts found their groove, but by then it was too late, and
“We didn’t take advantage of our possessions,” he said. “The defense forced) a turnover right there at mid-field and we didn’t do anything with it. We got a break with that face mask in the first part of the game and didn’t do anything with it. We just didn’t convert on first downs. And we didn’t manage first and second down all that great. We weren’t in a good rhythm and when you’re going against that offense—I mean, our defense did a good job to keep them to 14—but that’s no place you want to be in this environment against this team. They outplayed us today, especially in the first half. When you dig a hole like that, it’s hard to overcome.”
The team also made a number of uncharacteristic mistakes. For instance, against the Cincinnati Bengals they made the opposition pay for being careless with the ball, but on the first Broncos drive of the game,
To the credit of the Chargers, everyone accepted responsibility for their own shortcomings, not placing the finger toward anyone else. A great example of this is
“The way we executed and communicated wasn’t up to par, but I take responsibility because part of that was my fault,” said the rookie. “I should never give up sacks, especially like the ones in the first quarter of the game. We came to life eventually, and it was about how much effort we put into it, and I take blame for (my shortcomings).”
Eventually the Chargers played the brand of ball they are used to, but it proved to be not enough. The end result was the end of the Bolts season.
“I just think we came out flat and it was not what we wanted to do,” said