Chargers talk about the win against the Browns and the return of Antonio Gates

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After their dramatic win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday, the San Diego Chargers were celebrating on Monday. In spite of that the head coach Mike McCoy and some of the players, including quarterback Philip Rivers, spent time for a press conference.

The game came down to a last minute field goal by rookie kicker Josh Lambo. He missed it, but a Browns penalty gave the Chargers a second chance and Lambo nailed it with no time left on the clock.

Mike McCoy11The game was a roller coaster ride for the team and its fans. They traded the lead with the Browns several times during the game and the Cleveland defense proved to be very good at keeping the Chargers out of the end zone for most of the first half.

But Philip Rivers managed to get 3 touchdown passes to 3 different receivers. He had a good day passing, but their running game was under 100 yards. Danny Woodhead had a great day running and receiving, for a combined 136 yards.

During Mike McCoy’s time at the podium I asked about the future of rookie running back Melvin Gordon, who had 38 yards on 12 runs and caught two passes for eight yards. Coach McCoy said they are very happy with Gordon’t play so far, but made no comments about whether the rookie from the University of Wisconsin would be getting more touches in future games.

Besides the successes the Chargers had Sunday, and they had many, there were some things about the Chargers game that need to be improved. Special Teams let the Browns have great runbacks on punts and kicks and the defense gave up big chunks of yards on some running plays.

That will be on the Chargers agenda as they get ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers next Monday Night when we will see the return of Antonio Gates after his four-game suspension. Both Coach McCoy and Philip Rivers spoke about the return of their Pro Bowl tight end.

(Photos by Claudia Gestro
top photo: Quarterback Philip Rivers