Chargers Coach Lynn Postgame: "We got a lot of work to do."

Coach Lynn Postgame Interview, LA Chargers vs New Orleans Saints

Opening Statement:

Let me tell you, Ive never played a game where Ive lost by that margin and feel so good about it. I love the way the first unit went out and played against one of the top rush teams in the league, and they held them to under four-yards a carry the whole first half. Offensively, they moved the ball on the ground. We know we can throw the football on anybody, and they averaged over six-yards a carry in the first half and doing all of that with no penalties. Thats been one of the things weve been focusing onstopping the run, running the football, and not beating ourselves. I thought that was an improvement. Now the second half, thats a whole different story. I thought our reserves go outplayed. We couldnt convert on third downs. We couldnt stop them on third downs. We have a lot of work to do right there.

On if they managed to go injury free this game:

I think so. There are some guys with some bruises. Corey [Liuget] came out. I think hes going to be okay. Russell [Okung] came out, but I think hes going to be okay. Were just trying to manage those guys and get them through the regular season.

On G Forrest Lamp participating in pregame warmups:

Were being very cautious. Hes going to play next week. He looked very good in practice and it was hard to not put him in this game, but our plan was to get him in next week.

On how long that plan has been in place:

We tried to target this game to get him back, but he didnt come back as quickly as we thought. I hate to put timetables on players, so thats why were going to wait to play him next week.

On if he feels confident enough in Lamp with only one preseason game played:

It depends on how he plays. From what weve seen in practice, hes getting better. I think when he takes that step next week, we may play him a bit more.

On the offensive line:

I thought Mike Pouncey up fronthes one of the leaders on that o-line. I feel like this group is starting to gel at the right time. I feel like I saw that tonight. When they came off the field, they really didnt want to come off. They wanted to go back and play, but I saw that in their eyes. I saw that in their face. That was different.

On LB Kyzir White:

Hes an explosive young man. He can make plays. Hes had a great camp and hes competing for that starting lineup.

On S Derwin James:

I dont know yet. Im about to watch the tape and find out. He didnt make any plays that I know of, but I cant say right now.

On James interception at the beginning of the game:

I forgot about that one. The only turnover of the game. I cant believe I overlooked that one, but he just made a good play. Weve been working him in the middle of the field and line of scrimmage. He just showed his range in the middle of the field on that play. It seemed so long ago. I forgot about that one.

On what he hopes to see in the last preseason game:

In game four, were going to play our backupsour second unit. I want them to compete better next week than what they did today. I definitely want to see that. I think that backup defenseits been pretty dominant all camp. I thought today we lost a lot of one-on-ones.

On DE Joey Bosa's absence from playing in the preseason:

You know, he's a veteran and he's been in games. I'm not really concerned about him not playing next week.

On Bosa being ready for Week 1 of the regular season:

[For the] regular season, probably so.

On the growth of RB Detrez Newsome:

That's a good little competition right there [between the running backs behind RB Melvin Gordon III]. I mean, we don't talk about that very much. But, he's doing a good job. But there's [also RB] Russell [Hansbrough] - he's a good runner. And then we just brought in this new kid [RB Terrell Watson] whos been in for a couple of NFL plays and he looked pretty good. So, we'll get to see [Watson] all of next week and will let those guys battle it out on the football field.

On the backup quarterback competition:

Well, we pulled [QB] Cardale [Jones] early. He has a little groin strain, and I could tell it was bothering him when he was leaving the pocket. And I didn't want him to hurt it any further because I want him to play next week and continue to compete for the backup spot. [QB] Geno [Smith] went in and I thought he handled himself well. He threw some balls right on the money on third down and we dropped them. Obviously, he had the pick-six, that wasn't good. But other than the pick six, I thought he was solid.

On thoughts about keeping three quarterbacks on the roster for the regular season:

We'll see. We'll take a look at the roster and see if that's possible.

On the limited reps of K Caleb Sturgis:

He kicked off and I thought he showed some good leg strength. That's something he hadn't done, so that was encouraging.

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