Locker Room Buzz: San Diego Chargers

SAN DIEGO -- Observed in the locker room after the San Diego Chargers' 31-28 loss to the Houston Texans on Monday night:

Quiet, please: Predictably, this was not a cheery place. It was very quiet. Few players talked among themselves. The Chargers were polite with media, but there weren't many who wanted to rehash the details of blowing a 28-7 third-quarter lead.

A 'sick' feeling: As always, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers stood to face the questions. The loss was bitter, he said, but he was dealing with it. “There was never a feeling of desperation,” Rivers said. "We were in control. We stayed poised. ... We're sick, I'm sick, that we're not 1-0."

Falling short: San Diego cornerback Shareece Wright bemoaned the fact that the Chargers' defense couldn’t make many big plays in the second half.

Learning experience: New San Diego pass-rusher Dwight Freeney called it a lesson. That said, Freeney is a newcomer. Many of these Chargers have been here before -- and watched a 24-0 halftime lead turn into a 35-24 loss to Denver last October.