SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - So what did we learn from the Chargers' Friday night 41-14 beat-down at the hands of the Super Bowl champions?
For one, we learned that opposing coaches don't necessarily have the same intentions. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll played to win this game. Heck, he plays to win all of his pre-season games. In the last two-plus seasons, he is 9 and 1 in meaningless exhibitions. Chargers' head coach Mike McCoy, meanwhile, couldn't get QB Philip Rivers off the field fast enough. He didn't even suit up running back Ryan Mathews. After appearing a bit shell-shocked in his post game news conference, he was at least glad to fly home with his team for the most part still in one piece.
That being said... our Bolts did not play well. Defensively, they were awful. Seattle QB Russell Wilson, who played the entire first half, roamed freely against an ineffective pass rush. He also rushed for two of Seattle's four TD's scored by their three quarterbacks. Tackling was atrocious and containment, non-existent. The sidelines looked more like freeways for Seahawk ball carriers.
At times, the Chargers defense looked confused. Wrong coverages were being played and Seattle took full advantage. McCoy spent most of the game furiously scribbling on his notepad and he'll have lots of teaching moments at practice in the days to follow.
But on the bright side, this is only pre-season game number two. And hopefully we learned at least one more thing: that overreacting to a terribly disappointing pre-season loss like this one is about as pointless as overreacting to last week's big win over the Cowboys. They count equally. In other words, they don't count at all. The Chargers are still 0-0.
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