Shawne Merriman: I was excited. We were all excited about the win. But honestly, we know that we have to play better. We finished strong and we got accomplished what we wanted to get accomplished -- that was a win -- but we have to start a lot faster. We have to give [the Raiders] credit; they played us hard.
AD: You play with so much energy. Is that how you've always been?
SM: It's just how I am. I always look for a way to get to the ball and hopefully some of my energy feeds off to the rest of the team and we all take it and use it as positive energy.
AD: The Chargers linebacker group is obviously one of the team's strengths. What makes you guys so good?
SM: We just look at us as being a core as a team and the guys have to go out and make the play and play well. We put a lot of responsibility on ourselves.
AD: What are some goals specific to the linebacker unit for the season?
SM: We want to finish with the top defense in the league and that's something we look forward to every year.
LB Shawne Merriman