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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: McCoy, Chargers give away season opener

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Offense Laments Not Putting the Game Away - Ricky Henne
“It’s rare in a game like this you don’t turn the ball over, score 27 points and you lose,” Philip Rivers said.  “That’s not saying anything about our defense at all.  I’m just saying (that) if you don’t turn it over and score 27 points, you’d feel pretty good about that.  I don’t feel good about it because I don’t think we held up our end.  When it is all said and done offensively, I don’t think we held up our end.”

Nick Canepa's Chargers (at KC) Report Card - Nick Canepa (UT$)
Top captains don’t lose these. The worst loss of the Mike McCoy era, one of the worst losses of any coach’s eras. The decision to sit on the lead, to allow the clock to run aground at the end of regulation, the conservative offensive and defensive play calling, all too familiar. They allowed a Chiefs team with medium skill (at best), with a silent house, to launch the biggest comeback in the franchise’s history. Embarrassing. John Spanos should turn the team over to Rivers.

Chargers fell apart without Keenan Allen - Tom Krasovic (UT$)
As good as Bolts looked early, getting big plays from Melvin Gordon, Allen, Brandon Mebane and others en route to a 24-3 lead, they looked off kilter down the stretch.

Chargers blow huge lead, lose in OT - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
"I don't think our mindset changed," McCoy said. "We came in, had a great halftime talk and talked about what we were doing. This game comes down to execution, and we all have to do our jobs better. We're all in this together: coaches, players, everyone in the organization."

Chargers blow 21-point lead in frustrating OT loss to the Chiefs - Eric Williams
“We can’t lose those,” Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o said. “The momentum was going our way for the majority of the game. You can’t win the game in the first, second or third quarter, but you can win it and lose it in the fourth quarter.