Chargers gear up for all-around Broncos

K.C. Alfred/UT San Diego

SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Chargers did something on Sunday that they hadn’t done since Oct.4: win. 

While the players have said continuously that the locker room “hasn’t changed” and “the locker room would be the same if we were on a seven-game winning streak,” it’s hard to believe that the spirits haven’t changed somewhat. 

Momentum hoping to be carried over to this weekend’s game against the rival, AFC West leading Denver Broncos. 

“Yeah, it was just good to win a game,” Philip Rivers said on Wednesday. “We know our record is what it is, but as a team that was big for us.”

However, it will take more than momentum to take what may be the best all-around team in the NFL. 

“We understand they’re playing outstanding football right now. We have to play our best game in all three phases as a football team, continue to play complementary football and do what we got to do,” Mike McCoy said. 

The Broncos boast the No.1 total defense, having the first-ranked pass defense and the second-ranked rush defense. The argument could be made that it doesn’t matter who is behind center as long as the defense continues its dominance.

Even Rivers who speaks each week about which players stand out had a simple response. 

“All of them,” Rivers said. 

Dontrelle Inman echoed Rivers’ sentiments.

“Everybody,” Inman said. “From the secondary to the D-line, they all feed off each other.”

While Denver has been known for its defense so far this season, its offense has come alive with backup quarterback Brock Osweiler

“I think he’s well prepared for this opportunity,” McCoy said of Osweiler, who he spent a season with as the offensice coordinator Denver. “He’s a player that hasn’t missed a day and has worked extremely hard so, (I’m) happy for him to get this opportunity.” 

“I was impressed with him when he was coming out,” Rivers said of his brief time spent with Osweiler during an offseason. “Just getting to be around him, I think the passion and love he had for the game (and) I think to (about) his eagerness to learn.”

Osweiler has shown Rivers and McCoy his extensive preparation skills, but now it is time for the teachers to study the student. 

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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.


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