|Tight end Dante Rosario played a big role in the Chargers' rout of the Titans with three TD catches. (AP)|
The Chargers (2-0) completely dominated the Titans (0-2) at home in their 38-10 victory on Sunday.
The offense possessed the ball for 43:39 and scored five touchdowns and a field goal. The defense held Tennessee to without a first down in 7 of 11 possessions. With the win, San Diego will be one of six 2-0 teams when Week 2 play concludes on Monday night. Nevertheless, the Chargers refuse to get too excited about their early season success.
“We are a work in progress,” coach Norv Turner told his team and the media following the win. “We have a lot of new guys and we are getting everyone on the same page. When we function in a normal level or operate the way we'd like to, you can see we have a chance to be real good. We still have some rough spots. We have a lot of work to do to continue to get better.”
Turner's room for improvement message was echoed by several of his players, who are keenly aware the Chargers were favored by many to win the Super Bowl the last two seasons, but failed to reach the playoffs.
“We just got to continue to work hard,” FS Eric Weddle said after the game in which he had an interception. “Don't fill our egos better than what we are. Don't get into that. Remember where we have come from and where we have been the last couple of years.”
TE Dante Rosario had a career high three-TD game against the Titans for his first multi-TD performance of his career. “You don't want to gloat too much because the next week can be just as awful,” Rosario said.
QB Philip Rivers believes the whole team is checking their egos at the door when they arrive at the team's facility and on the field for game days. “The best way I can describe it, is that there is a group of guys who are hungry and love to play,” Rivers said. “Everyone has bought into what their role is and how they will do that role to help us win. It is a super unselfish team all the way through, it's just win.”
The win marked the team's first 2-0 start under Turner. The Chargers got off to a 4-1 start last season before losing six in a row, but Rivers acknowledge this year's quick start has a different feel. “We're just in a little better sync, a little more rhythm” Rivers said. “You can just feel it. You can see it on the practice field and all the way around. We're playing better, and obviously it's about maintaining it and it's week-to-week.”
Turner emphasized the only way to keep the fast start going is by performing well in practice. “If we go out on Wednesday and have our best practice of the year, (we will) try to top that on Thursday,” Turner said. “We have guys who are playing a lot of football for the first time in their careers and they can just improve a great deal. That's what I'm looking for.”
The Chargers now turn their focus to next Sunday for a home game against the Falcons (1-0), who host the Broncos (1-0) on Monday night. “We won the first two games, that's all we've done and you have to keep doing it week after week,” Rivers said. “We have a tough one this week in Atlanta. We will get to see them play tonight and we have to get ready, because it's going to be tough.”
Inury Report: Rosario (calf) and WR Eddie Royal (shoulder) were injured against the Titans but are expected to practice this week. RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) is expected to have a full week of practice and play against the Falcons. TE Antonio Gates (ribs) is day-to-day. LT Jared Gaither (back spasms) isn't expected to return to practice.
Transactions: The Chargers re-signed OT Reggie Wells, who was released on Saturday. CB Greg Gatson was waived. Gatson was signed from the practice squad on Saturday to provide depth. If he clears waivers, Gatson will likely be re-signed to the practice squad.
What's next: The players will have Tuesday off and return to practice on Wednesday.
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