There wasn't a secret Utah handshake Tuesday between two Utes, Mike McCoy and Eric Weddle.

But McCoy, heading out of the Chargers media trailer, slapped the safety on the back and bellowed, "Fine institution, Utah here."

To us media dopes, McCoy comes off as someone brimming with energy and certitude; to hear his Utah chum, he's also that way around his players.

"He comes off very headstrong, very confident, knows what he wants--and we're here to win a championship," Weddle said on Tuesday.

So the new ball coach does seem to get the big picture, even if this is his first job as the top boss. There's a silver football handed out every February. The Chargers lack one. The objective is to get one, and McCoy needs to make sure his players believe they can. Or else why bother?

"We’re not here just to be .500," Weddle said. "We’re not here to maybe win the AFC West here and there. We want to win a Super Bowl. Just his belief, it rubs off on us."

Norv Turner won two Super Bowls as the Cowboys playcaller, and sometimes wore Super Bowl bling at Chargers Park. Not getting to a Super Bowl in his six seasons here cost him the job. On the day the Chargers fired him and he said goodbye to the players, Norv wore one of the giant diamond rings.

Other familiar faces are gone. From the defense alone: Takeo Spikes, Antwan Barnes, Vaughn Martin, Antoine Cason, Ataria Bigby and Antonio Garay.

Weddle noticed. "Once the season ended," he said, "and you see guys let go, you get down a little bit, and you just don’t know what the team’s going to be like."