Chargers return from bye ready to fight

"There's still a lot of football left," said head coach Mike McCoy.

The good news is, the Chargers didn't lose a game last week.

The bad news is, they're still 2-7.

The Chargers returned from their bye Monday with their mindset right and their body rejuvenated, players said. Many flew back to San Diego Sunday after visiting family or friends over the weekend. Others stayed in town, resting or receiving rehabilitation at the facility. Some watched football during their time off; others stayed as far away as they could.

Most reflected on at least one area where they could improve.

"You look at everything to see the pluses and minuses of the season," head coach Mike McCoy said. "What you've done well and the things you need to work on."

One area includes the final two minutes in the fourth quarter, where five times this season the Chargers could have won the game if the defense had gotten a stop or the offense had found a way to score.

"We gotta finish the games," McCoy said. "It's not just us. It's the entire league. The number of games that come down to a two-minute drive at the end of the game, whether it's offensively, defensively or in the kicking game. Doing something in your phase to make sure we win the football game. We haven't done that."


It still isn't clear whether wide receiver Malcom Floyd will play again this season as he continues to rehab his shoulder, but if he doesn't play, his career would end with the snap that left him injured. Before the injury, Floyd announced he will retire after the 2015 season to spend more time with his family. Now that his health is in question, is there any chance he changes his mind?

"I hope so," tight end Antonio Gates said Monday.

Gates -- who is extremely close to Floyd -- went on to say he thinks Floyd might have a change of heart, that maybe he "wouldn't want to go out like that," but Gates couldn't say definitively.

"He deserves better than to go out like that," Gates said. "I know he doesn't want to go out like this."

Floyd has not been in the locker room since injuring his shoulder.

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