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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 didnt feel like day one, but weve got a ways to go. We did some good things but weve 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 theres 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 youre right, there had been a level of continuity on the line. Thats something I remember saying a lot about every year; you know the continuity of those guys up front and how important it is. Its 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 havent 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 thats up there and if thats the group that it is, so far its been a good transition.

On Jeromey Clary as his new right guard:

As Ive said before, besides Nick (Hardwick), he knows the ins and outs of that offensive line; he knows it better than anybody. I feel like hell adjust. Its going to be different for him, from a mental standpoint it wont be any problem. Its going to be different just because its a different area and taking on different types of rushers and different double-team fits, so from that standpoint Im sure its going to be an adjustment for him, but he wont have any problem knowing what to do. I think itll be a good spot for him.

On how much the offensive lines responsibility falls on the quarterback:

Quite a bit. Nick (Hardwick) is in charge of making line calls and hes right so often that Im not needed a lot. But ultimately Im able to re-direct and have the final say as far as where were 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 were on the same page, its not like Im 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 Teo:

I didnt pay much attention but it didnt seem like he was lost or anything. He was matched up on Gates a couple times though and Im sure that was a quick welcome day one. I dont know how well he did, but he certainly didnt stand out, which was a good thing.

His first impressions of D.J. Fluker:

Hes one big, strong guy. Physical and obviously you can tell he just loves it. Hes a guy that will only get better when you put shoulder pads on him. Its hard to tell coming right off the field but Im sure his biggest adjustment is just going to be the system and the terminology and all the adjustments on the fly. I dont think that will be a problem for him but thats going to be his biggest adjustment. When he knows what to do, I dont think hes going to be physically unable to do much of anything.

On where he thinks working with Coach McCoy will help his game:

Hes had a lot of success offensively both of the places hes been. I think also you look at Ken Whisenhunt and his track record and what hes 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. Its a nice mix of those guys that Im working most closely with. To pick one thing, I dont know, but today there was a lot more intermediate stuff in the practice today. You didnt see as many balls being thrown up the field. Im not saying thats what were going to be but thats something that was maybe noticeable. I dont know if it was to you guys, but maybe we can mix in that high percentage a little bit more.

On wearing gloves:

I dont think Ive committed either way. I probably had both on most of practice today. Im not really committed either way. Ive 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 Im leaning one way or another; I dont 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 youre running those guys by. But as far as height and seeing over them, I dont know that it matters. Most offensive lines, guys are six-foot-two and three plus so youre not seeing over them anyways; youre finding lanes in between them. But it definitely is a tall group up front.

Source: San Diego Chargers Media


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