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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: Chargers run defense looks improved

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At this early stage, Chargers are improved - Tom Krasovic (UT$)
The run blockers, whose ranks now include a true fullback (if a rookie), are less prone to gaffes. I think Ken Whisenhunt, the veteran playcaller whose dismissal as Tennessee's head coach was Mike McCoy's gain, and Jeff Davidson, the new line coach, have effected stability within the ground game.

Six Cold Hard Facts from the Cardinals Game - Ricky Henne
"The biggest difference for us in the run defense is that everybody was doing their job.  Everyone trusted each other, and everybody made their play.  And they didn’t make it for themselves, they did it because they wanted to make it for their brother.  When we stick together as a defense and we play like that, we’re going to do well."

San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy upbeat after close of camp - Jay Paris
Now the Chargers look ahead to opening the Minnesota Vikings new digs on Aug. 28. It gives the team one extra day to practice this week. "We did a lot of good and bad things the other night," McCoy said. "We've got some things to clean up.''

Chargers Camp: Will They Stay or Will They Go? - Jenny Vrentas
That’s the message, Gates says, that’s been passed down by coach Mike McCoy. NFL players are routinely asked to block out distractions and keep a narrow focus on their specific responsibilities on the football field. But the Chargers’ situation is especially unusual, and McCoy has made sure to acknowledge head on with his team the challenges this year’s uncertainty poses.

Charger run defense has Cardinals coach 'pissed off' - Toughie McTuff
"(We) did a nice job and didn't give up a lot of big plays," said Chargers coach Mike McCoy. "There weren't as many big plays as last week ... This game is about an opportunity. From week to week in the preseason you get an opportunity and (you) play. So I'm happy."