Conor Cahill of boltbeat.com answers five questions about the upcoming contest between the San Diego Chargers and the Washington Redskins. Chargers vs. Redskins – week 9. Here is part – 1 of the Enemy Intel Report – Week 9
1) How has new Chargers head coach Mike McCoy been an upgrade over previous coach Norv Turner?
One word comes to mind when I think of Mike McCoy. Adaptation. He obviously showed adaptation in Denver, but he has completely rejuvenated Philip Rivers. He and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt knew exactly where the deficiencies were on offense, and were able to tailor an offense to hide them as much as possible. Norv Turner refused to adapt his slow-developing pass plays to the poor offensive line and lack of offensive weapons, so Mike McCoy has been a huge upgrade in that aspect.
2) QB Philip Rivers’ play this season has improved over last season. What are some things Rivers is doing better this season than last?
This goes along with number 1, but Rivers is in an offensive now that is tailored to his strengths and that hides many offensive weaknesses. The offensive line is somewhat improved, but the offense is running much more efficiently because Rivers is taking shorter drop backs, and isn’t shy about checking down if his first read isn’t available. Under Norv Turner, Rivers didn’t have many check down options and was expected to fit the ball into windows that just weren’t there. These checks are the biggest reason for Rivers’ league-leading completion percentage.