In their first official day of Organized Team Activities, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy sent a message to the team by playing the Kansas City Chiefs' rally song, "Tomahawk Chop," during drills.
The Chargers face the Chiefs in their season opener.
"We understand the task at hand for the Opening Week," McCoy said. "Going into Kansas City, going into Arrowhead [Stadium] -- the noise, the history, their fans, what they do week in and week out speaks for themselves. We know that. The great thing is our quarterback has played there a number of times, and [the song] was just kind of an introduction to everybody of what we're going to face going into that opener."
After a 4-12 season in 2015, San Diego looks to improve in the AFC West -- and not just a little bit. The team's first OTA of the new season brought energy, as well as competition.
"Outstanding work," McCoy said. "A lot of guys flying around. I love the energy of the football team and the way the guys came out and played today."
Added quarterback Philip Rivers: "It's good. The energy's great. Obviously some new faces. The key now is really maintaining. Can we maintain that [energy] for nine more practices and Mini Camp? If we do, we'll get out what we need to [from] this offseason."
Health, as always, is an issue as the Chargers prepare for their Sept. 11 opener. Depth will be vital for all positions on the roster.
"I think there's always competition," said running back Danny Woodhead. "This is the NFL. It isn't college anymore. Everyone is good. I think that's what's expected, is that if you're here you're a good football player and you gotta go out and take advantage of your opportunities. I think everyone is trying to do that, no matter how young or how old you are. Every year is a new year and every year you have to prove yourself and the type of player you are, and who you are as a teammate."
The competition will continue.
"No one's promised anything on this football team moving forward," McCoy said. "We want to come out here and compete everyday."