Drew Bledsoe: We are going to have to block them well. They have been extremely tough against the run. They place great emphasis on stopping the run and forcing teams to be one-dimensional. It means two things: it means we are going to have to make some plays against them in the passing game, but we are going to have to do a good job of blocking them in order to do that, and it is going to be a great challenge to run the ball against them but we are not going to back down from that.
On Parcells returning to coaching:
Drew Bledsoe: When you around him for a little while you can just tell that it is in his blood. It is what he was made to do. He enjoys the strategy of the game.
On working with Parcells a second time around:
Drew Bledsoe: It is a different relationship. As a veteran he will ask my opinion of things and actually take my opinion into account. Which certainly wasn't going to be the case when I just got drafted.
On if Bledsoe has changed over the years:
Drew Bledsoe: I am a more accurate passer now. I have a better understanding of the game. The one thing I do pay attention to – sometimes I over think things and miss the simple solution to a play. It was good for me the one time I got hurt. I was able to watch films objectively and to analyze what I am doing without any preconceived notions.
On if it is hard to play for a coach who stresses a strong running game:
Drew Bledsoe: In '94, '95 and '96 we threw the ball more than any team had ever thrown it in the history of the NFL, including '94 when we set the record for most pass attempts in a season. He has a tag that he is just a running football team. There is no question we are going to run the ball and that is going to be our MO. People ask me if I am frustrated playing with Bill because we run it all the time, I ask them to go back and look what we did before. We will throw it when we need to and we have the weapons to do it.
On Parcells changing:
Drew Bledsoe: He has a little bit. He is still energetic on the football field. If he sees something he is not happy about he will jump right into it. I do think he is less hard-headed in the way he works the team.
On Parcells loyalty to his players:
Drew Bledsoe: He likes having guys who are consistent and likes having guys who he knows what he is going to get. It makes a lot of sense to bring in someone you know and know what you are going to get from them.
On throwing on the Chargers' secondary:
Drew Bledsoe: They do a good job in their pass coverage but force teams to throw against them. They line up and say we are going to bring the safety down and run blitz on you – we are going to make it extremely tough for you to run the ball. With the points they were putting up last year, teams were forced to throw. I think statistics can be a little skewed.
On San Diego quarterback Drew Brees:
Drew Bledsoe: Watching from afar he had a great year. The team around played well for him as well. LT was great in the backfield and having the great tight end with Gates. That is a great asset to have around. When I was a young quarterback I had Ben Coates. Having a tight end who can make plays is a huge asset. Those two things allowed him to perform efficiently.
On if the Cowboys worry about any Chargers on the front seven:
Drew Bledsoe: I have had some experience playing against Donnie Edwards and he is a guy I am always going to be alert for. A very opportunistic player who has done a lot of good things in turning over the ball. I am going to be on the lookout for him. I think he may have picked me off a time or two when he was in Kansas City.