Buster Davis: It's one of those things in the game plan. I'm coming free because a lot of teams aren't keying on me. I'm just trying to work as hard as I can to get open and keep the drive alive.
ML: How did you emerge as the go-to player on third downs? Is it because of what defenses are doing or is it an effort to get you the ball more?
BD: I'm just playing within the scheme, really. A lot of teams are keying on Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers, so that leaves me underneath against a lot of nickel backs and second- or third-string guys. I'm just doing my best to try to get open.
WR Buster Davis
BD: Well, Chambers got hurt today. Hopefully he can get back, but if not I need to step my game up and be more consistent and make even bigger plays.
ML: How much of an adjustment would that be, splitting out wide instead of playing out of the slot?
BD: I did it for the first half of last season and a little towards the end of last year, so I'm pretty comfortable doing it. I practice it a lot. The good thing is I have guys like Vince and Chris who've been in the League a long time and who've done it. I can watch film on them, practice with them and learn from them.
ML: What adjustments must the offense make to be more productive?
BD: It's simple; we need to start off quick. We need to come out fast and get drives going early in the games. We were playing good at the end of the game, but good teams are going to beat us if we continue to play that slow. We need something to jump-start us for these upcoming games, because we've got an important stretch of games coming up.
ML: Would the offense be better off opening things up earlier in games?
BD: We have to play within the scheme. We have a good running game and that complements the passing game. Once [defenses] start creeping up on runs, we can hit them over the top with passes and vice-versa.
ML: What are your thoughts on the New England Patriots coming to town next week?
BD: They're a great team. We want to get them back after they knocked us out of the playoffs last year. The Patriots are a very sound football team with great players. It's going to be a pretty tough week. We need to get out onto the practice field, get into the meeting room [on Monday], correct our mistakes and move forward.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.