Antonio Gates was asked a straight forward question this afternoon about Philip Rivers and his recent struggles turning the ball over. The All-Pro tight end gave an honest and emotional response that is definitely worth repeating.
Here’s what he had to say:
“As a teammate and most importantly as a friend, you encourage friends. When I speak about Philip, yes he’s my teammate and a guy I’ve played with for nine years, but at the same time he’s a friend of mine. What friends do is they’re always optimistic about issues. They don’t worry about the negative stuff; we focus on the positive and how we can eliminate the negative. Our main focus is on what we can do to win a football game. We all talk about turnovers, and we understand that, but for me, as a guy who’s been around him and played with him like I said for nine years, we focus on the next play that we need to make. And I think that’s as cut and dry as I can put it. We don’t worry about what happened in the past. We see different things. Sometimes it’s not one person. It’s routes that are run wrong and protection that’s broken down. And we all understand it. We know what’s happened when we come to this film room and we say, ’Wow, he was trying to make something happen.’ So technically this is who got us in this situation for him to try to get us out. But one thing about playing quarterback in this league is that you definitely take all the heat, and I can tell you this, he’s the first person in here and he’s the last person to leave. There’s not another person on this team or in this league that I would rather play with besides Philip, because I can depend on him and I know I can count on him.”
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It’s Election Day, but Chargers fans now have another ballot to vote on besides choosing the next Commander-in-Chief.
Following a standout game in the Bolts 31-13 win over Kansas City, Philip Rivers has been nominated as a finalist for the FedEx Air Player of the Week. Rivers connected on 18 of 20 passes for a completion percentage of 90% and threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
Voting is open from now until 3pm on Friday.
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On his conference call with San Diego media today, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said the number one player his team needs to watch out for is Philip Rivers.
Here is his exact quote:
“(Rivers) is a top flight quarterback in the league. We’ve got a great deal of respect for Philip. We’ve got a great understanding that he’s a winner. All quarterbacks that play have games where they have bad plays. It’s just a reality of it. We know that he’s going to come in here and play his best football.”
Do you agree with Shurmur? Let us know what player you think will be the key to winning Sunday’s game in Cleveland in the comments below.
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The Chargers have a chance to climb over the .500 mark this Sunday in Cleveland. Here are some key notes to get you ready for the game at the Browns.
• San Diego leads the series with the Browns, 14-7-1. The Chargers have won four straight matchups, seven of the last eight and nine of the last 11. That includes three straight wins in Cleveland. The team’s last loss in Cleveland came in 2001.
• The Chargers lead the NFL in run defense, allowing just 71.2 yards per game. Four opponents were held under 60 yards: Oakland (45), Tennessee (38), New Orleans (53) and Denver (57).
• Philip Rivers is 2-0 versus the Browns and has a 118 quarterback rating in the two games (37-53-584, 2 TDs, 0 ints).
• Rivers has an overall record of 40-8 in games in which he has a passer rating of 100.0 or higher. He is the Chargers’ all-time leader in completion percentage (63.7%) and his percentage in 2012 is 66.5%.
• Rivers has started 102 consecutive games. Eli Manning is the only quarterback with more consecutive starts (126).
• Antonio Gates (8,007 yards receiving) moved into fourth on NFL’s all-time list for yards receiving among tight ends. He is 178 yards behind Dallas’ Jason Witten. In Week 3, he became only the fifth tight end in NFL history with 600 career catches.
• Gates has 78 touchdown catches, three behind the Chargers’ all-time leader, Lance Alworth, who has 81.
• The tandem of Rivers-Gates has connected on 51 touchdown passes, most by a QB-TE tandem in NFL history.
• Eric Weddle’s nine interceptions over the past 22 games (since 2011) leads the NFL.
• Shaun Phillips has 64.5 career sacks, fourth in team history. Phillips needs one sack to tie Lee Williams (65.5) for third, and he needs 2.5 to tie Gary “Big Hands” Johnson (67) for second. Phillips leads the team with 4.5 sacks, 11 pressures and six quarterback hits. He will make his 99th start on Sunday.
• Mike Scifres’ has 516 career punts, including 206 inside the 20-yard line. Of all of the players with 500 career punts, Scifres has the highest percentage of punts landed inside the 20 (39.9%) in NFL history. He needs just three punts to tied Dennis Partee for second-most punts in team history (519).
• Quentin Jammer has a chance to make an interception in a third-consecutive game for the first time in his career on Sunday.
• Norv Turner has 114 career wins, tying Don Coryell on the NFL’s all-time wins list. Turner has the best winning percentage in team history (52-34, .605 in regular season and 55-37, .598 overall).
• With a win in Week 2, A.J. Smith became the winningest general manager in franchise history. The team now has 94 wins in 2003-12 under Smith. The team won 92 games under Hall of Fame GM/coach Sid Gilman.
• Twenty-one of the 53 active players are new to the active roster this year: 11 of 25 offensive players and 10 of 25 defensive players.
• The Chargers play the sixth toughest schedule in 2012, based on their opponents’ .520 winning percentage in 2011.
• The Chargers will travel the third-most regular-season air miles of any team in the NFL (25,766). Only Oakland (28,692) and Seattle (26,200) will fly more air miles than the Bolts in 2012.
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The good news for the Chargers is that two their most valuable offensive players, Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews, have been historically dominant against the Denver Broncos.
Rivers has a 9-3 record versus the Broncos, including 20 TDs, seven ints and a career passer rating of 102.7. He has an overall record of 40-8 in games in which he has a passer rating of 100.0 or higher. Rivers is 28-10 as a starter versus the AFC West.
Meanwhile, Mathews has rushed for more than 120 yards in his last three outings versus the Broncos (120, 125, and 137 yards).
So who do you think will have the bigger game vs. Denver, Rivers or Mathews? Let us know in the comments below.
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The following was written and submitted by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.
So we’re 3-1 right now, and that’s good, but we aren’t satisfied with where we are. We’re putting in a lot of work to keep getting better. We need to keep improving to accomplish what we want to accomplish. If we can keep improving, we’ll get better and rack up some wins along the way. But the challenges get tougher including this week against a really good New Orleans team.
When I’m away from the field, I can usually be found with my wife and kids playing in the yard, playing ball, swimming or going to the park. I am at the facility a lot, but when I’m not with the team that’s where you can usually find me.
I met my wife all the way back in middle school. I was in eighth grade, and I knew pretty quick I’d end up with her. Now we have six kids together. The three oldest are all girls, and they are 10, seven and six. Then I have a son that’s four, and another daughter that’s two, and then the youngest little boy actually turned one yesterday. The four oldest kids are starting to get into football, so that’s been a lot of fun. My son’s really into it. They are at a point now where they understand the game enough where they know what an interception or a touchdown is. They know how to keep score and that kind of stuff, so we have a good time watching the games on Sunday and Monday nights. It’s funny because they ask me during the games who I’m pulling for, so they find out real quick who to root for and who not to. They are starting to understand not to root for the Broncos, Chiefs or Raiders. It’s also exciting that they’re really starting to enjoy coming to the games at home too.
On the rare occasion my wife and I will get some time to ourselves and leave the kids with a babysitter, we’ll go to the movies or head to dinner. We’re really simple people. Both of us are homebodies, so we like home dates. When the kids are all tucked in we’ll watch a game that’s recorded or just sit and chat. She’s so busy all day with the family and I’m busy here with the team that it’s nice to get that time to talk and catch up on each other’s day.
I’m really happy with the life I have here in San Diego. The easy answer as to why the city is great is the weather, but there are some parts of the seasons that I miss. You don’t get as much rain or those cool nights that are kind of enjoyable that you are kind of used to in other parts of the country. But what I think I enjoy the most is how close you are to the beach and the mountains. You can drive an hour east and be in the mountains and drive 10 miles west and be at the ocean, so it’s pretty diverse when you think of the proximity to so many places.
This is a really tight knit group of guys we have on our team. I spend a lot of time with Charlie Whitehurst since we have all our meetings together. And Nick Hardwick, Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd, we’ve all been around for so long together that I kind of gravitate toward them a lot of times. But as a group we all get along so well and that speaks volumes about who we are as a team.
I also need to talk about Coach Turner because he’s a great guy. We have a unique relationship because it’s not often that the head coach is also the play caller. And the play caller and quarterback really have to be on the same page to be successful. You need to be able to communicate, and he and I have a lot in common. Our passion for the game and the way we think about offense in general really mesh, and I’m happy to have had the opportunity to play for him because he’s a great coach and what he’s done for this league speaks for itself.
Well that about does it. Thanks for reading this entry. It really helps as a quarterback to know I have your support, so keep pulling for us. It impacts the team when Qualcomm is cranked up and loud, and you can feel the excitement across this entire city. Over the past eight or nine years that I’ve been here, you’ve been a big part in making this whole thing a success, and you’ll continue to be a big part of it.
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Philip Rivers addressed the media this afternoon and explained why it’s important to learn from yesterday’s mistakes and move on to the next week.
“You never want to play like we did yesterday, but when you do, you definitely have to learn from it and get to the next game because there’s no waiting around and feeling sorry for yourself. It’s a new week, and we know how important it is to win division games. We’re headed into Kansas City, and they’re coming off a huge game in New Orleans. So there’s no time to over-analyze the previous game or sulk, because we’ve got to go on the road and win a new environment. Kansas City doesn’t care that we lost or how we feel. We have to go in there and win that game.”
So what do you think? Let us know in what area’s the Chargers need to improve upon heading into Sunday’s game in Kansas City.
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Ever wonder what it’s like to be on the sideline next to head coach Norv Turner or out on the field with Philip Rivers? Well here’s your chance to hear Turner and Rivers unfiltered from their segment on Sound FX.
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Chargers fans are in for a treat Wednesday night as NBC Sports Network will air special footage of Philip Rivers and Norv Turner mic’d up from Sunday’s game. The one-of-a-kind feature will be shown at 7:00pm PT on NFL Turning Point hosted by Dan Patrick.
Here is an excerpt from the show’s press release:
Each week NFL Turning Point will be built around select NFL match-ups from the previous weekend, and will focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show will feature anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that is synonymous with NFL Films.
This week’s episode features compelling in-game audio from Philip Rivers and Norv Turner, who both wore wireless microphones during the Chargers win over the Titans. San Diego routed Tennessee, 38-10, on Sunday to improve to 2-0.
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Tonight Philip Rivers showed us what he is famous for, spreading the ball and hitting seven different receivers down field. Malcom Floyd topped the reception list with four catches for 66 yards. Rivers kept the ball moving downfield which also helped set up Kaeding for a perfect night thru the uprights.
Tell us your thoughts on the Chargers receiving core debut …..
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