One of the points of emphasis for the Chargers this off-season has been ball security. The Bolts turned the ball over four more times than they took it away in 2013. Their minus-4 turnover differential was the worst among all 12 playoff teams.
But, let's take that a step further. The top six teams in the NFL in turnover differential all made the post-season, led by the Super Bowl champion Seahawks at plus-20.
So, the Bolts are spending time helping the offensive guys hold on to the ball with gauntlet-style drills while they work with the defensive guys on stripping the ball away from ball carriers.
Throughout the off-season training head coach Mike McCoy has, for the most part, shared positive reviews on his team's performance. However, at the end of Monday's practice, McCoy sat the entire team down for an impassioned chat. He was clearly not happy.
"It's got to be important for everyone to come out every day and get better as a football team," said McCoy. "That's the most important thing I wanted to let everybody know today. We've set a standard around here of what's acceptable and what's not, and certain parts of practice were not good enough today."
When asked if there was any specific aspect that prompted him to feel that way, McCoy stated simply, "No."
Which, of course, is coach-speak for "Sure there was but I'm not going to share that information with the general public."
The Chargers finish the optional Organized Team Activities this week and hold a mandatory Mini-Camp from June 17-19.