Mike McCoy’s debut as Chargers head coach could have gone better.
The Seahawks won the preseason opener for both teams with a score of 31-10.
Although it should be pointed out, the first unit played well.
Quarterback Philip Rivers hit 5 of 6 passes for 45 yards and moved the team in position for a 28-yard Nick Novak field goal to open the scoring.
Then he and most of the regulars took a seat and the Seahawks took over the game.
Seattle quarterbacks hit 16 of 26 passes for 210 yards and three scores.
They took advantage of great field position off poor Chargers' punt coverage. Seahawks had four punt returns for 94 yards. The Chargers were 1 for 8.
The Seahawks also outdid the Chargers on the ground, rushing for 129 yards to the Chargers' 74.
The Chargers had 12 different players catch a pass, led by first-year receiver Dan DePalma with five receptions for 43 yards.
Fifteen different players had a tackle. None of whom was named Manti Te’o. The rookie linebacker started at middle linebacker and played most of the first quarter.
Bottom line, Seattle looks like a team that will challenge for a title on paper and on the field. The Chargers look like a work in progress.