The Chargers are ready for their season opener but they're going to need a little patience.
San Diego hosts Houston in the second game of the Monday night doubleheader, and while that gives them more time to become comfortable in first-year coach Mike McCoy's offense, the Chargers are ready to go now.
''This is the longest week it seems like in history,'' quarterback Philip Rivers said. ''You wait for game week, then it gets here, and they add an extra day to it.''
McCoy has ditched the offense San Diego used under coach Norv Turner and installed an up-tempo attack built around intermediate routes and making wise decisions.
The previous offense focused on trying to stretch the field. McCoy's approach is to throw passes closer to the line of scrimmage. That involves trying to keep Rivers upright after he was sacked an AFC-high 49 times last year.
''I think we need to play better around him,'' McCoy said. ''I've been saying that since Day 1. He is a great quarterback; Philip is g...