TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
NFL

Rivers escapes unscathed in Chargers' loss to Seahawks

{eot}
The Canadian Press
8/9/2013 7:44:48 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

SAN DIEGO -- Philip Rivers made it through his first appearance of the exhibition season without committing a turnover or getting sacked.

It was a small victory even though the San Diego Chargers did lose to the Seattle Seahawks 31-10 Thursday night.

Mike McCoy, who made his head coaching debut, said he's pleased with how the first-team offence and defence did, even though they were on the field just a short time.

Rivers completed 5 of 6 passes for 45 yards in leading the Chargers on an opening 74-yard drive in 13 plays capped by Nick Novak's 28-yard field goal.

He even gained 5 yards on a third-and-6, scrambling when he couldn't find anyone open.

Rather than going for it for a second time on fourth down, McCoy chose to have Novak kick the field goal.

"I would have liked to see him pick up the first down," McCoy said Friday. "But hey, he's not getting paid to run the football. So he's going to try to do the next best thing, and that's something we're talking about, whether you throw the ball away, you scramble, step up in the pocket or run, whatever that's going to be, but he was rather athletic."

Rivers wasn't sacked and didn't throw any interceptions. Last year, he was sacked 49 times and had 22 turnovers, including 15 interceptions, as the Chargers missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

Chargers backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was intercepted twice and sacked three times. One of the pickoffs set up Brady Quinn's 11-yard scoring pass to Jermaine Kearse 2:11 before halftime. San Diego defensive backs Darrell Stuckey and Steve Williams collided, leaving Kearse wide open.

McCoy said Whitehurst "didn't do a bad job." The coach said the first interception was a good throw. "It's just one of those deals where the receiver has to keep coming back to the football." The second interception came during the two-minute drill, when Whitehurst stepped up in the pocket.

The coach said the pass protection for Whitehurst was "too soft" at times.

San Diego's only touchdown came on third-string quarterback Brad Sorensen's 21-yard pass to Ladarius Green in the fourth quarter.

McCoy said he was pleased with the tempo of the calls going in on both offence and defence.

"Let them play. It's all about tempo, giving the players as much time to think about what the call is and go from there," McCoy said.

He was also happy with outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, who signed as a free agent in May after a stellar career with Indianapolis.

"It was great to see that," McCoy said. "One of the first pass rushes he had he came off the edge and went through the right tackle there and did a nice job. That's what he's done forever. The best coverage on defence is a good pass rush, and he's going to help our defence a lot."

Freeney didn't sack Russell Wilson but had him on the run.

"That's what it's about. You know, everybody loves the sack number; that's great. But sometimes it's about creating chaos for the quarterback," Freeney said. "Get him off his spot. Affect the quarterback, whether he has to keep scrambling."

Philip Rivers (Photo: Canadian Press)

zoom

(Photo: Canadian Press)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


2014 NFL Draft

The Houston Texans selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.


Round-by-Round Picks: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Hall Of Fame

Ray Guy, Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Michael Strahan, Andre Reed, and Aeneas Williams, headlined this year's Hall of Fame class. More...

Podcasts

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: July 23 - Jim Trotter

ESPN NFL Analyst, Jim Trotter joined Bryan Hayes to discuss Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam, Brett Favre's Packers legacy & Johnny Manziel.

TSN 1050: Gamenight: July 22 - John Kryk

NFL Columnist John Kryk of Sun Media joins Gamenight to give his training camp rundown of the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and New York Giants.

TSN 1050 - Gameday: Matt Florjancic - July 6th

Matt Florjancic of WKYC Sports in Cleveland joined Andy McNamara to discuss the arrest of Josh Gordon, Johnny Manziel, and LeBron James.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television