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Chargers' Mike McCoy: Poor execution hampering run game

SAN DIEGO -- Four weeks into the regular season, the San Diego Chargers have one of the most explosive passing offenses in the NFL.

But the Chargers still can’t run the ball effectively, something head coach Mike McCoy believes can be fixed. McCoy said scheme, play calling and personnel are not to blame for his team’s run-game woes.

It’s all about execution.

The Chargers are averaging a league-worst 2.32 rushing yards per contest.

“I know we can run the football better,” McCoy said. “We will run the football better. We have to run the football better. We just have to do a better job of it on Sundays.”

One of the things McCoy could focus on is getting the ball to Branden Oliver more. The undrafted rookie free agent finished with 56 yards on 13 touches, and could be a guy who can create explosive plays if given some space by the offense line.

“He’s just going to get better with time,” McCoy said about Oliver. “And if we get him a few more creases, there’s going to be some explosive plays, because he’s a strong runner that’s always going north and south.”

However, the Chargers might struggle again running the ball this week, facing the No. 1 run defense in the NFL in the New York Jets, who are holding opposing offenses to 63 rushing yards a contest

“It’s a good time to fix the run game,” McCoy said, when asked about facing a tough Jets run defense.

McCoy said rookie Chris Watt played well in his first snaps with the starting offensive line during a regular-season game. Watt played in 30 snaps, rotating with Johnnie Troutman at right guard.

“Obviously, it’s a long season, so we made the decision to rotate those guys yesterday,” McCoy said. “But I think he did a good job.”

McCoy said besides the muffed snap and false start, center Doug Legursky overall did a nice job for the short amount of time he’s been with the team. McCoy would not say if Rich Ohrnberger would be ready for the Jets on Sunday after missing the game over the weekend against Jacksonville with a back injury.

McCoy also did not provide updates on Shareece Wright’s knee injury or when Ryan Mathews could potentially return from his MCL knee sprain.