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Three things from Chargers-Browns game

What did Philip Rivers and Mike McCoy have to say the day after the win over the Browns?

The Chargers beat the Browns 30-27 Sunday to go 2-2 on the season. On Monday, we heard from head coach Mike McCoy and several players. Here are some highlights:

**The Chargers are last in the league in punt return yards, with five yards through the last four games.

Yes, you heard that right. Five. Yards.

All five came from Keenan Allen Sunday against the Browns.

To be fair, the Chargers expected Jacoby Jones to be a big presence in the return game this season, but he's been dealing with a high ankle sprain and it isn't clear when he'll return. And you definitely don't want any of your key players to get hurt on special teams (ahem, Keenan Allen) ... but, five yards is tough to swallow. The team has to find a way to improve the coverage and allow for the chance of a return threat.

"It's your attitude, your mindset, the discipline, the lane discipline," McCoy said. "We've got to do a better job in the coverage units and win the one-on-one match-ups."

**Quarterback Philip Rivers turned the ball over six times through the first three games, but on Sunday, he had no turnovers.

"I told myself over and over as the game was going: 'Don't turn the ball over. Do not turn it over," Rivers said Monday. "Probably your follow-up question is, 'Why don't you have that mindset every week?' It is. I obviously never go out saying let's be reckless. But it was just like, do not turn this ball over and we're going to have a chance to win the game. I felt like we were never going to get behind two scores, so let's keep it right here and be aggressive when its presents itself.

"It wasn't the kind of game where you felt like, 'Man, I've got to squeeze something in there on this third-and-10 or it's over.' It never felt that way."

**Tight end Antonio Gates has served his four-game suspension and is back in the building. He's eligible to return in the upcoming Monday Night Football match-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The question is: Is he in football shape? Will he be ready?

It's hard to believe he wouldn't be, and that sentiment was echoed by McCoy.

"I know what kind of shape he's going to be in," McCoy said. "He works so hard and he has so much pride. He's a pro. He'll come back in great shape."

NOTES:

The Chargers re-signed running back Donald Brown Monday after cutting him Saturday afternoon and waived offensive lineman Michael Ola. The move indicates the team thinks one of their injured offensive line starters -- C Chris Watt, LG Orlando Franklin or LT King Dunlap -- is ready to return.

Brown's $3m salary was guaranteed when he was active Week One of the 2015 season.

 


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