Exclusive Interview: Terna Nande

Former Titans linebacker Terna Nande, who was signed to the Chargers' practice squad on Nov. 20, offers an exclusive interview to Amberly Richardson. Nande talks about his relationship with Ron Rivera, his inside scoop on the Titans and more.

Amberly Richardson: Are there any Chargers who are especially helpful in your transition to San Diego?

Terna Nande: Yes, Stephen Cooper is standing right next to me. He is helping me a lot because I'm playing in the middle behind Matt Wilhelm and those positions are identical. Stephen is helping me with the playbook and getting up to speed.

AR: How has it been to work with Ron Rivera so far?

TN: Rivera is a really good coach. I met him at the combine and on the San Diego visit. I also met him at the pre-draft visit when he was with the Bears. I was possibly going to be drafted there, so we developed chemistry. Rivera knows my game. I'm really excited to have him to coach me up.

AR: Since Rivera knew your abilities, do you think he had anything to do with bringing you to San Diego?

TN: I think he did. I'm practicing with the inside linebackers, so he's my coach. I think his input was very valuable in bringing me in because he knew all about me.

AR: That's a huge compliment, coming from Rivera.

TN: Huge. He is on top of his game. He is very smart and brings so much to the defense. He knows the ins and outs of the game. He's been in the league for a long time and he's played. It's exciting to learn from a coach like him.

AR: How do you match up against San Diego's linebackers in terms of raw talent?

TN: I think I fit right in the mix with them. At this level, everyone is gifted. The people who do the little things stand out. Once I'm able to adjust fully and get settled in with the playbook, I'll answer that question for you next year.

AR: Are there any insights you are giving the Chargers about what they should expect from your former team on Sunday?

TN: Of course! I was with their defense for a year and a half, so I know their ins and outs and I'm helping the Chargers with whatever I know and whatever is useful about their personal and their scheme.

AR: How do you think the Chargers and the Titans match up?

TN: It's going to be a very good game. The Chargers have a little more depth, and their personal is a lot deeper than the Titans. San Diego is also on a two-game winning streak and Tennessee just got off a three-game losing streak.

AR: What is the biggest thing to look for in Sunday's game?

TN: When you go into any game, you want to be prepared for anything they are throwing at you. They do a lot of things with Vince Young. If you can limit him and make him throw, then I think it will work out in our favor because his record has more picks than touchdowns (14:7).

Amberly Richardson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a correspondent for Scout.com. She has contributed to the official Web sites of Shawne Merriman, Lorenzo Neal, Shaun Phillips and others for Sixthman Communications.

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