- Patrick Peterson ‘having fun’ with Richard Sherman feud
- Raiders training camp 2014: line of scrimmage a focus
- Raiders training camp 2014: Dennis Allen in ‘love’ with his quarterbacks
- NFL training camp 2014: Tony Bergstrom ready to meet expectations
- NFL training camp 2014: Raiders have an admirer in Justin Tuck
- Dwight Freeney, Chargers’ linebackers look to improve pass rush in 2014
- Byron Scott has offer to coach Lakers, per report
- Chargers training camp 2014: Brandon Flowers ready to blossom with new team
- Raiders cut veteran Kevin Burnett
- Chargers open training camp on competitive note
Dwight Freeney on Chargers’ Week 1 loss: ‘It’s not all bad’
- Updated: September 12, 2013
The San Diego Chargers’ Week 1, 31-28 loss to the Houston Texans on national television on Monday Night Football was by all accounts a disaster from many fans’ perspective. For an NFL veteran like Dwight Freeney, years of ups and downs in an unpredictable league have given him perspective on what positives the Bolts can take from such disappointment.
“It’s not all bad,” Freeney said matter-of-factly. “Yeah, we lost. But, even in the loss, you’ve got to learn and you’ve to gain some type of positive from it, which we will. We’ll go back and analyze what’s going on, take the good things and try to move on from those and get those even better and the bad things we’ll try to clean that up.”
Freeney’s tone is reflective of the fact that it’s only the first week of the season and there’s plenty more football left to be played. It also suggests that the Chargers did plenty of good before giving up Randy Bullock‘s game-winning 41-yard field goal, which they did.
Popular belief around Southern California is that as quarterback Philip Rivers goes, so goes the team. He managed to put together a strong performance despite the late interception that went the other direction for six points. With four touchdown passes for 195 yards, he did enough for the Chargers to pull off what would have been an upset against a talented Texans squad.
Ryan Mathews made it through the evening unscathed and surprised everyone — especially the Texans defense — with the first San Diego score of the season on a stellar catch in the end zone.
Freeney’s point is well-taken. The 2013 Chargers are a work in progress, and with a new coaching regime, it will take time to develop into a playoff team. The biggest question is: How long will everyone around Chargers Park remain this patient.
Photo Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel | USA TODAY Sports
Latest posts by Michael C. Jones (see all)
- Patrick Peterson ‘having fun’ with Richard Sherman feud - July 31, 2014
- Byron Scott has offer to coach Lakers, per report - July 25, 2014
- Angels acquire Huston Street from Padres - July 19, 2014