Everyone in the San Diego Chargers locker room is learning on the fly this offseason. From the most seasoned veteran to the greenest rookie, every single player for the Bolts will be studying new Head Coach Mike McCoy’s offense for the first time. While that could be discouraging for some, longtime starting quarterback Philip Rivers is anything but disheartened by the transition.
Enthusiasm is never something that has been lacking from Rivers’ game. Often times during games he can be seen talking with players on other teams demonstratively or even letting his own guys know about things out of the field in a less than subtle manner. His leadership has always been a big positive, and in this changeover period from the previous regime under Norv Turner to the new McCoy playbook, that enthusiasm is a definite positive.
When asked about the progress that the team has been making in OTAs, Rivers told the team website:
“This has certainly been new, so small volume has felt like a lot, but I thought we moved at a fast pace. Hats off to the rest of the guys, they’ve really picked it up super fast and really dove right in and have been hungry to learn every little thing. It’s one thing if I’m trying to learn it all, but everyone else offensively has really taken the bull by the horn. It’s been good to see and I think that’s why we’ve progressed so quickly.”
After becoming better friends with the turf than he would every want to be a year ago, Rivers has to be excited about the change with the Bolts. The Chargers finished as the second worst team in the NFL at protecting the quarterback after allowing 49 sacks in 2012. McCoy’s offense along with a new blindside protector in Max Starks will hopefully prevent that from becoming a recurring nightmare for the signal caller.
Things are definitely going to look different in the coming season, but not even Rivers is ready to put a label on the team in terms of style just yet. He said:
“I think we’re still kind of finding who we’re going to be. You have a new offense and then you have a lot of guys who haven’t been together a whole lot, so our personality, our makeup, all of that is still kind of taking shape.”
Change has been the buzzword with the Bolts thus far this offseason, and after three straight seasons of watching the postseason from home that figures to be a positive development. McCoy’s offense saw plenty of success with the Denver Broncos during his time there, and the Chargers can only hope that the change on the field schematically leads to a change on the scoreboard more frequently in 2013.