We’re just two weeks into the Mike McCoy era, but fans of the San Diego Chargers are already starting to worry. The team’s star quarterback doesn’t appear to be very comfortable in the new offense, and both the special teams and defense looked poor in a preseason loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
Is there any real reason why the Chargers fans should be panicking? Yes. The incredibly obvious dropoff in talent from the first team to the second team shows that the team doesn’t have the depth to endure the long football season, and the chances of them avoiding injuries to their starters is very small.
That said, every team that starts the season with a new head coach and/or a new general manager is going to go through growing pains. The players need to learn the new playbooks and the general manager needs to find ways to get guys to buy into the new schemes and philosophies while still dealing with the players from the old regime that are under contract. The 2013 Chargers have almost no chance of making the playoffs, but it’s sad to see that window of opportunity shrink before the regular season even begins.
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