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Uptempo Practices Upping Expectations for Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers

Mike McCoy - San Diego Chargers

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

To say that there’s a new feel around the San Diego Chargers entering the 2013 season would be a severe understatement. After years of the same lackadaisical approach from former head coach Norv Turner, the Bolts finally have an uptempo, excited atmosphere surrounding their football team as the prepare for the upcoming campaign. That fresh feeling is in large part thanks to new head coach Mike McCoy and his more “modern” style.

The players who are carryovers from the previous regime under Norv would never admit it, but the new method isn’t just different; it’s also better. There is less down time between drills and more activity for all of the players involved at all times rather than just when their name is called. A no huddle attack is also likely to be featured with the Bolts this year which only presses the accelerator down further on the speed of practice.

Finally employing a no huddle attack says that McCoy has watched some film on this team and seen just how successful it has been moving the ball at the end of halves. There were several times over the past few NFL seasons where the Chargers would stagnate with three-and-outs during the bulk of the first half only to explode and exceed their total yardage from the opening 28 minutes in the half’s final two. If the offense can keep the pressure on opposing defenses and force them to maintain the same personnel groupings on a more regular basis, things really are looking up.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego also says that rookie Keenan Allen is looking more and more comfortable working in his natural position of slot receiver with the first team. What this says to me is that the end of the nightmare that has been Robert Meachem could come to an end prior to the 2013 season getting started. Meachem would likely be a slot guy with the Bolts this coming season, but if he can’t even beat out a rookie for playing time there’s no use having a player with a $6.875 million cap hit sitting on the bench. The team would have to eat a substantial amount of the guaranteed money, but unloading the former New Orleans Saints receiver might be the smartest move they can make.

Regardless of what the final roster actually looks like when the season commences the Chargers have a real sense of optimism about this new regime. The players are upbeat, the practices are uptempo, and the record should be up from previous seasons as a result.

Anthony Blake is a Senior Writer/Copy Editor for Rant Sports. You Can Follow Him on Twitter, on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.