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Dwight Freeney on Chargers’ Week 1 loss: ‘It’s not all bad’

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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. 

Via Ricky Henne of Chargers.com:

“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. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.