Plenty of challenges arise throughout the course of a 16-game schedule in the NFL. There’s no doubt the San Diego Chargers of old would have seen their back to back trips across the country as one of those obstacles, but new head coach Mike McCoy has his guys prepared for adversity. When the Bolts visit LP Field to do battle with the Tennessee Titans this Sunday, a second win in a row on a cross-country trip would go a long way in building some serious positive momentum moving forward.
Not many people expected much out of the Chargers this season as the team seemed on the precipice of rebuilding with a new front office, head coach, and several big changes in personnel. But that hasn’t deterred this team even after a heartbreaking loss in Week 1. The ability to persevere comes from the man in charge, and coach McCoy has done everything in his power to reinforce a successful mindset to this group.
When discussing the issue of consecutive road trips and how it will impact his team, McCoy said:
“We start our day off really early here as it is on a day-to-day basis. We start meetings at 7:20 in the morning here on the west coast so the time change and everything, we are up and working early in the mornings. It is another opportunity every Sunday, so we are not going to make any excuses or anything about the time zone.”
It’s really refreshing to hear a man with a plan rather than one that just spewed the same rhetoric each and every time difficult situations presented themselves. This attitude certainly rubs off on the players in the locker room, and one of the guys that has shown the biggest improvement is quarterback Philip Rivers. His mental approach seems to be much less about forcing things and much more about letting the game come to him.
When asked about the Chargers’ ongoing stretch of dominance over the Titans in the past, Rivers quickly discounted that having any bearing on this weekend’s matchup. He said:
“It doesn’t mean anything. This current team has never played this Titans team, and vice versa. It’s kind of a game that stands on its own. That’s the last thing that any of us will be thinking about. We know it’s a tough team, a tough opponent that’s 1-1 like we are. We have to come to their place, and we’ll have to be good to get a win.”
So even after successfully taming the newest craze in the league in the Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly, the Bolts seem focused on the task at hand. The past is the past, and the Chargers finally realize that the only way it has an impact on the present is if they allow it. A win this weekend would solidify the optimism behind this team for the remainder of the 2013 season, so hopefully the Chargers seize their opportunity to rise back to relevance on Sunday.