Chargers review offense then break for bye
SAN DIEGO -- Applause rose at the end of the San Diego Chargers' practice on Wednesday as the players inched closer to a four-day break.
Was it directed toward Chargers coach Mike McCoy?
"I think they are all excited to get a little break and get away from the coaches, probably," McCoy said.
The Chargers (4-3) will be off until Monday.
Wednesday's 30-minute practice was more than just stretching and light running. While the Chargers have the NFL's fifth-ranked offense, there are issues with their red zone production.
So the offense reviewed every red zone snap before practice, a film that showed why the team is tied for 17th after scoring touchdowns in just half of the Chargers' 26 possessions inside the 20.
"When you get down in the red zone you have to be so efficient, the ball has to be so accurate; the blocks and who we are identifying has to be absolutely spot-on," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "So I think we're off just a hair down there and when you're off a hair you kick a field goal or you don't get in."
But the film also showed some positives, Rivers said.
"It's not a panic and say, `Hey, we need to throw out our red zone offense scheme," Rivers said. "It is just a matter of out-executing the opponent. Cleaning some little things up because there is a lot of good down there. But we know, it's obvious, you score touchdowns down there and you are going to have a heck of a lot better chance to win when playing some of those tough opponents we have ahead."
There's plenty on Rivers' plate during the bye. His wife, Tiffany, is expected to give birth to the couple's seventh child any day.
"Still no news, still waiting," Rivers said. "He or she will come when she's ready, I guess."
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