What We Learned: Chargers 24 - Cardinals 7

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Aug 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Chargers quarter back Philip Rivers (17) makes a pass in the first half of a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Return of the King - Our last LT liked to go out for back spasms, cramps and his return was always mystery. This LT went out, got treatment, taped up his ankle and went BACK into the game. A preseason game. That alone shows a guy who wants it. Wants to be here. Wants a job. Wants to win. He could have stayed out, there was no reason for him to go back out there. To me, I think somewhere in the back of his mind, he has something to prove. To Philly, that he wasn’t the problem. Now he’s showing to be the solution to a brighter future.

Depth - It’s shrinking. What I mean is the need for it or perceived illusion of lack of it, is shrinking. When I look at depth I look at “do we have players that T&M believe in”. And when they go on the field can they play, was there overall improvement or drop-off? IMO there is improvement. The depth is showing up and making plays, making stops when they need to. The problem isn’t they’re young, the problem is the comfort level from fans of going into the season with so much youth on the roster. “Who do they turn to if Cox goes down..”? ” What happens when Liuget goes out?” “What if we Lose King?” We learned for the latter two, they did just fine. Ed Reed was young. Troy Palomalu was young. Mike Ogden was young. Lance Alworth was young. They have to start somewhere. Usually it’s when they were young.

This is the purpose of the preseason. Mike McCoy has been doing, getting his young players involved, early.

Mike McCoy - The more talks, the more i like him.
Cardinals Postgame
Next Day Press Conference

What I’ve noticed is he’s taken an unfamiliar approach to preseason, he’s actually turned it into a competition. A lot of players that might not get playing time are out there. That’s what you would expect, but that isn’t the case from team to team. At some point the Chargers are going to turn to the back-ups and expect them to step up and play at a high level. The only way you can turn to them, if you put them out there to play.

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  • Tazzster

    Nice write up.
    From what I have seen so far the team looks improved from last year. It should be a good season. The one thing that was really troubling was the fumble at the goal line. Matthews seems to be real uncomfortable around the endzone. Even on his one touchdown he awkwardly dove while hanging the ball out their to be knocked away.
    Maybe Fozzy should be our ‘red zone’ running back.
    Speaking of Fozzy, he has got to be the biggest steal of the offseason. He looks like he will be a great number 2 back and we signed him off of someone’s practice squad. Props to TT and the staff!

    • Pels04

      I know im just making excuses here but (R) Nick Becton was in at LG and not Rinehart. Not really sure why since all the other first teamers were in. Anyways he went way to low. I think it was more of a bad block by Becton and a good defensive play than poor ball security by Mathews

      • arnie

        Yeah that could be a concern, but that seems to be McCoy’s plan. The ones are going to play full time in less than two weeks, and they need to know who they can count on, if they need to give the starters a breather.

    • arnie

      I thought about it to, his ball security needs to tighten up. Both hands on the ball please. But then again every Back fumbles. I don’t want to make excuses for RM24, the problem is if he were rushing for 1400 yards a season an putting up 6-10 rushing TD, the question i asked myself, would “one or two” fumbles matter? I know he hasn’t, so his fumbles have become a focus. That’s my point, when he gives us something else to focus on, the fumbles, like Te’o catfish story, will fade away.
      I agree with everything you said about Fozzy, he will get his touches. Unfortunately the days of the “every-down RB” left with LT.

  • 619chargers4life

    Excellent read!! I agree with everything u just threw down, 110% good stuff. and i cant stand how the media is treating us as well and i noticed all of which you noted about our highlights this week. We gets no love, so sad. cant wait for us to shock the world. Go Chargers !!!!

    • arnie

      I can’t stand it either, however i mentioned it before, showing the Chargers doing well is in direct conflict to what the “pundits” are saying, how well they will do. Thanks for the luv.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Nice article, Arnie. The only Charger highlight that they would show WAS that fumble… almost as if to say “Look at this ridiculous play.. the Chargers just got lucky against a Cardinals team that was out of synch”.
    One thing I am bookmarking this season is the appearance that Mike McCoy made on NFL Total Access about a month ago. They were asking him about “fixing Philip Rivers”, and he was explaining how him and Whiz were going to do that. Then the host turned to Sapp (who was the one they picked to stand across from McCoy during the piece, to my disgust) and asked him “Do you think Philip can turn it around”? Sapp barely even let the host finish the question before abruptly answering “No”, with that smarmy dumb look he always gets on his face when he thinks he is a football genius. It was the rudest thing I have ever seen! If that was Fox, or Reed, or ESPECIALLY Schiano standing there.. he would never have the guts to do that. You could tell McCoy wasn’t even phased, either. He didn’t even really acknowledge that Sapp was even there. I can’t wait for PR to have a great season, JUST so I can point out what a moron Sapp is later.

    • arnie

      Pete, I am bookmarking all the “experts” and at the end of the season, I would like to do a write up, with all there “expert” opinions, then email, tweet, Facebook, to show how much we appreciate all there great coverage of our team.

      • Pels04

        I would LOVE to see that! Great idea

        • arnie

          Oh it will. All this reminds me of Tom Brady’s combine workout. He looked like he had never played football. The point, everyone except Bellichik was looking at the wrong things.

  • Adam

    Hey do you think the ones will play at all tomorrow?

    • Adam

      As in Philip rivers and RM?

      • arnie

        I’m with Ernie, but there is a good chance may we not see either. This is an opportunity for CBJ an Sorensen to get behind the 1st O-line. This game is mostly for 22 players to make there last impressions for the roster.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i think for a series or two