Chargers head coach Mike McCoy kept coming back to the same word Wednesday.
“We’ve got a salty bunch here,” McCoy said after practice, when asked about his 2-7 team. “We’re not very happy with our record at this point of the season. We understand what’s at stake week in and week out, from here on out."
McCoy used the word "salty" several more times in the press conference, adding that the team is "pissed off."
They can only hope that attitude brings them another win Sunday, when they face the Kansas City Chiefs, who are coming off three straight wins.
"At one point in time [the Chiefs] were in a very similar situation that we're in now, starting out at 1-5," McCoy said. "Having won their last three games, they got on a bit of a roll. They had an outstanding game the other day, on the road against a very good football team, so we understand the task at hand."
The Chargers at least should have the chance to use more healthy bodies, as all but two players practiced Wednesday -- (TE Ladarius Green and WR Malcom Floyd) -- and five were limited (DT Corey Liuget, LB Manti Te'o, TE Antonio Gates, LG Orlando Franklin and RG D.J. Fluker).
They will be without Floyd Sunday, who is still day-to-day after suffering a shoulder injury in the Bears game. The veteran wide receiver confirmed he will still retire after the 2015 season but said he thinks he will be able to play again this year.
"As soon as I'm good, I'm out there," Floyd said. "I think I can [play] but it's on coach [McCoy] and the trainers, on them to give me a timetable of when I can get back out there."