NFL Team Report - San Diego Chargers - INSIDE SLANT
The San Diego Chargers knew what they were getting Sunday when facing the Cincinnati Bengals. A hard-nosed squad from the AFC North that will have nothing to do with a finesse style of play.
Translation: a team that likes to run the ball, and will do so, until it is stopped.
Well, the Chargers failed on that and failed to pull out of a tailspin that has them on verge of seeing another season come and go and not being playoff-worthy.
The Chargers lost for the fourth time in five games on Sunday, this time a 17-10 verdict to the Bengals. Whatever buzz the Chargers had constructed when breaking 4-3 from the gate has dissipated.
They are 2-3 at home and Sunday's date was the lone NFL game to be blacked out this season.
But McCoy can't worry about putting backsides in the seats. He's still trying to figure out how the Chargers repeatedly got put on their backs with a running game which carved them up for 164 yards.
"We have to do a better job of being gap sound, where you are suppose to be on the run fits, certain things," said McCoy, as the Chargers tumble to a 5-7 record. Not running through the back side. The disappointing thing is
There were certain times we weren't solid enough at the point of attack.
"We had it stopped, but the guy gets 5 yards somehow. For some reason or another we had four or five plays there where they should be zero runs and they have five, nine yards whatever they are -- we got to stop that."
There was that, and allowing Bengals A.J. Green to waltz in for an easy touchdown in which the Chargers blew a zone coverage.
"Just go play and it all starts with knowing what to do," McCoy said. "Physically, you are going to get beat by somebody, there are some great players in the game. No. 18 (Green) is a very good receiver. You are going to get beat one-on-one sometime.
"But you can't give him a free touchdown where he is not even touched, walking down the middle of the field in the red area. That's one of those things you got to know what to do first. You can't have a breakdown somewhere. Everyone has to be on the same page. It's all 11 doing their job better. You just gave them seven points."
NFL Team Report - San Diego Chargers - NOTES, QUOTES
-- Tight end Antonio Gates is a sure-handed as they come -- usually. But in Sunday's loss, Gates had pass taken away from him -- the interception went to Philip Rivers -- and then fumbled on the Bengals' 13-yard-line in the third quarter.
"I made some plays that are uncharacteristic of who I am and what I stand for," Gates said.
-- The Bengals had their way with the Chargers' defense in the second half, collecting 250 yards. In particular, the Chargers got pushed around when trying to defend the run. The Bengals finished with a 164 rushing yards on the day.