NFL Week 4 Reactions: First-Year Head Coach Mike McCoy Turning Chargers AroundBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, NFL Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Out in San Diego, the early returns have looked very promising for the Chargers and new head coach Mike McCoy.
The Chargers are off to a 2-2 start, and McCoy has been getting tremendous results out of a talent-depleted roster.
McCoy has Phillip Rivers playing his best football in years. Rivers has two 400 yards games and has thrown for three or more touchdowns in all but one of his starts. And McCoy is getting Rivers to accomplish this despite being without top receivers Darnario Alexander and Malcolm Floyd.
McCoy is also running an efficient offense with a running back by committee approach featuring the likes of Ryan Mathews, Ronnie Brown, and Danny Woodhead.
And by the who is McCoy’s starting left tackle? None other than King Dunlap.
The Chargers are 2-2, and could easily be 4-0. Both of their losses were decided by three points, and came at the hands of a good Houston team and a surprising Titans squad.
Look at the job that McCoy has done so far compared to that of Chip Kelly. Going into the season, which coach had the better offensive talent to work with on paper? Who had the stronger offensive line? Who had better receivers and running backs?
Which coach is doing the better job so far? Which coach is getting the most out of his talent?
The results speak for themselves.
Giants’ Woes Continue
The New York Giants just haven’t been able to get anything right this year.
After receiving a 38-0 pounding at the hands of the Carolina Panthers, Tom Coughlin’s team put up only seven points in a 31-7 rout in Arrowhead against Andy Reid’s Chiefs.
New York just won’t stop turning the ball over. Eli Manning threw an interception and lost two fumbles, giving the Giants a league-leading 17 for the season.
The good news for this team is that they although the score suggests it was a blowout, New York did play a much better game this week than they did in Carolina. It was a 10-7 game going into the third quarter, and then the wheels came off as the Giants allowed a punt return for a touchdown and couldn’t capitalize on several Kansas City mistakes.
However, in the woeful NFC East, the Giants are still only two games out of first place and their season is far from finished. Don’t write off Tom Coughlin’s team just yet. They’ve got a history of bouncing back from slow starts, and Coughlin seems to be at his best when his job is on the line.
Around The League Quick Thoughts
- The New Orleans Saints are back. 2012 was a lost season for this franchise after all of the bounty-gate off-season drama, but Sean Payton is back in place and new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has turned one of the league’s worst units around, and the result has been a sharp 4-0 start.
- The Houston Texans suffered a terrible loss, blowing a late lead at home to the Seattle Seahawks. Quarterback Matt Schaub threw a terrible interception to Richard Sherman that was run back for a touchdown to tie the game. Schaub had already been under the microscope in Houston, but that loss will only put for pressure on the Texans to consider a quarterback change if the veteran doesn’t straighten himself out.
- The Detroit Lions are a much more dynamic team when Reggie Bush is in the lineup. Bush played a major role in the team’s 40-32 shootout victory over the Bears, contributing 173 total yards and a touchdown. The Lions are now 3-1, and in control of the NFC North.
- The Washington Redskins finally earned their first win of the season, although they barely managed to squeak by the Oakland Raiders who were without starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor. However, a win is a win, and the Redskins will take what they can get.
- How about the Cleveland Browns? Rob Chudzinski’s team came up with another impressive victory, taking down the Bengals 17-6 at home. The Cleveland defense is very legitimate, and suddenly the Browns find themselves 2-2, tied for first place in the division. So much for them tanking the season.
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