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Chargers HC Mike McCoy: "You've got a challenge on both edges"


Q: You're going to be going against some good pass rushers in Aldon Smith and Khalil Mack. What kind of challenge do they present?

Coach McCoy:"You've got a challenge on both edges, so you've got to make sure everybody understands the scheme and how we're blocking things. You've got to neutralize them to a certain extent. All the great players in this league, they make their plays. You've always got to know where they are and how they're doing certain things. So you've got to do a great job of having good balance in the game and try to take advantage of what we can do."

Q: What is your history with Jack Del Rio and what does a team he coaches look like?

Coach McCoy:"We were together back in the early days in Carolina and then my last time in Denver obviously, so I know what type of team he'll have, the way they'll play for him, the work ethic and the demands he asks of his players. His success with the teams that we were with and the way the players played and their attitudes, their effort, the way they prepared is second to none. So I know that's what this football team will be like also."


Q: What has getting Antonio Gates back into the fold done for your offense?**

Coach McCoy:"As you can tell, he's one of the best of all time. It's great to have great players on your football team and when he came back, he came back in great shape and he had the success he did the past two weeks because of that."

Q: Keenan Allen has been productive lately and Philip Rivers is also putting up big numbers. Why is the passing game clicking right now?

Coach McCoy:"I think all 11 guys are doing their job, and it's not just one guy, it's all 11. When you have a special quarterback like Philip, you can do great things. All the other 10 guys on offense – it's not just 10 guys, it's a number of guys who have played different weeks and it's changed from week to week – they've done their jobs and an outstanding job of playing their role."

Q: How about Derek Carr? How have you seen him progress from Year 1 to Year 2?

Coach McCoy:"Yeah, a very talented young player that is only getting better with time. I think he can do it all. You love the way he – very similar to Philip – the way he doesn't hide a lot on the football field. He goes out there, he competes his tail off. He loves to play the game. You love the energy he plays with, the way he plays it. He can make every throw, make plays with his feet, avoid pressure when it gets there, and a very talented player. Having known him from when he was younger when I had his brother, David, in Carolina, it doesn't surprise me at all the way he's playing at this point in time in his career."

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