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Mike McCoy: Philip Rivers must get 'back to the basics'

  • By Kevin Patra NFL.com
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It's not outlandish to say that Philip Rivers' play will dictate the success or failure of the San Diego Chargers' 2013 season.

Rivers' inconsistency has critics swarming, but new coach Mike McCoy believes his quarterback will have a "great year" as long as the team simplifies things.

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"We got to get him going back to the basics," McCoy said Monday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access."

"Take what the defense gives you. Don't be afraid to check it down. You don't have to make that big play every play."

McCoy said Rivers gets in trouble when he tries to do too much, but it's on the entire offense to become more consistent.

"We are going to do some different things in the passing game with him to raise the completion percentage, get the ball out of his hand a little bit quicker," McCoy said. "Help the offensive line. Run the football better. That's the key. You have to run the football."

Rivers' 2012 season arguably was his most inconsistent since taking over as the full-time starter in 2006. McCoy is known for getting the most out of his quarterbacks (see: Tebow, Tim), but if he isn't able to fix Rivers' current downward spiral, the quarterback's bloated contract will look even more heinous.

Follow Kevin Patra on Twitter @kpatra.

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