Phillip Rivers On New Coach And Manti Te’o

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers spoke with the media Monday about new head coach Mike McCoy and rookie linebacker Manti Te’o.

On new system and high praise from Coach McCoy
“We still have a long way to go. I felt more like this was day four. It was day one as far as having all 90 guys here, but we got that Mini Camp a few weeks ago so it didn’t feel like day one, but we’ve got a ways to go. We did some good things but we’ve still got a lot of work to do. But it was a good start.”

On having four new offensive linemen in front of him today:
“The last few years there’s been a lot of shuffling going on. You got used to it over the last few years having different guys in different spots from game to game, but you’re right, there had been a level of continuity on the line. That’s something I remember saying a lot about every year; you know the continuity of those guys up front and how important it is. It’s going to be important this year that they develop some continuity in short time, like all of us are going to have to, especially with the new verbiage and such. The transition thus far, both with the system and with the new guys, has been rather smooth.”

On how long it takes to develop that trust that you need in the line:
“I guess from an assignment standpoint, you can gain some confidence right now, but that more comes in games. But so far, so good. I haven’t been touched out there (laughter). You do gain confidence by just being around the guys and making calls and doing things and having things come up clean in practice. I like the group we have right now that’s up there and if that’s the group that it is, so far it’s been a good transition.”

On Jeromey Clary as his new right guard:
“As I’ve said before, besides Nick (Hardwick), he knows the ins and outs of that offensive line; he knows it better than anybody. I feel like he’ll adjust. It’s going to be different for him, from a mental standpoint it won’t be any problem. It’s going to be different just because it’s a different area and taking on different types of rushers and different double-team fits, so from that standpoint I’m sure it’s going to be an adjustment for him, but he won’t have any problem knowing what to do. I think it’ll be a good spot for him.”

On how much the offensive line’s responsibility falls on the quarterback:
“Quite a bit. Nick (Hardwick) is in charge of making line calls and he’s right so often that I’m not needed a lot. But ultimately I’m able to re-direct and have the final say as far as where we’re going in protection or who I want them to go to or identify. So like I said, quite a bit, but Nick is so on top of it. He and I work so hard together during the week to make sure we’re on the same page, it’s not like I’m up there having to over-ride a lot of things. But there is a decent amount of pointing out and directing from a protection standpoint.”

On Manti Te’o:
“I didn’t pay much attention but it didn’t seem like he was lost or anything. He was matched up on Gates a couple times though and I’m sure that was a quick welcome day one. I don’t know how well he did, but he certainly didn’t stand out, which was a good thing.”

His first impressions of D.J. Fluker:
“He’s one big, strong guy. Physical and obviously you can tell he just loves it. He’s a guy that will only get better when you put shoulder pads on him. It’s hard to tell coming right off the field but I’m sure his biggest adjustment is just going to be the system and the terminology and all the adjustments on the fly. I don’t think that will be a problem for him but that’s going to be his biggest adjustment. When he knows what to do, I don’t think he’s going to be physically unable to do much of anything.”

On where he thinks working with Coach McCoy will help his game:
“He’s had a lot of success offensively both of the places he’s been. I think also you look at Ken Whisenhunt and his track record and what he’s done in Arizona when Kurt Warner was there and in Pittsburgh. Frank Reich, the quarterback coach, not only played 14 years, but he was in Indianapolis during parts of their run. It’s a nice mix of those guys that I’m working most closely with. To pick one thing, I don’t know, but today there was a lot more intermediate stuff in the practice today. You didn’t see as many balls being thrown up the field. I’m not saying that’s what we’re going to be but that’s something that was maybe noticeable. I don’t know if it was to you guys, but maybe we can mix in that high percentage a little bit more.”

On wearing gloves:
“I don’t think I’ve committed either way. I probably had both on most of practice today. I’m not really committed either way. I’ve thrown the majority of the footballs with the glove on this year so far. I want to have the leeway to go either route. To say I’m leaning one way or another; I don’t know at this point.”

On the size of this current offensive line:
“When you think about edge pass rushers, particularly, the longer you are, the better off you are to push guys by and I can usually get up inside those rushers when you’re running those guys by. But as far as height and seeing over them, I don’t know that it matters. Most offensive lines, guys are six-foot-two and three plus so you’re not seeing over them anyways; you’re finding lanes in between them. But it definitely is a tall group up front.”

Source: San Diego Chargers Media