Shaun Phillips Conference Call

Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips talks about his play thus far this season, the Colts' level of interest in him coming out of college, his thoughts on Colts running back Joseph Addai and more.

On his overall performance this season...

"We're playing solid. Obviously we feel we should have more sacks than we do right now. Sometimes teams are getting it off fast, other times we're getting double-teamed. It's part of the game. When you're a good player, people are going to take advantage of that. Take two players off when they get a chance, make sure you're not the one who's going to disrupt their game. That's what we've been seeing."

On the blocking scheme in the 3-4...

"In the 3-4 you don't know who's coming, plus you have one more athlete on the field. You get a better athlete as opposed to a defensive lineman. I'm a firm believer in having the best athletes on the field at all times."

On his impressions of LaDainian Tomlinson...

"He's one of the most humble guys I've ever met. He's one of those guys that leads by example. He's in the weight room everyday and working hard. You see him taking care of his body every day after practice. He doesn't do a bunch of ‘rah rah, rahing.' He goes out and gets the job done. Last year I think he got two or three Offensive Player-of-the-Week (honrs) and coach announced it and he didn't crack a smile. It's the bigger picture with him. It's not just the fact of individual achievements. He wants to win a Super Bowl, and that's just the fact of the matter. He wants to be a champion, not just an individual champion, He wants to do it as a team."

On not playing against LaDainian...

"I am happy I don't have to play against him. It's a blessing that he's on our team. I couldn't ask for a better situation because I get to talk personally to LT and he's just a great guy and he rubs off on the whole team."

On his impressions of Joseph Addai...

"I like Joseph Addai. He has good feet. I've been watching him for the last couple of years. He's real shifty, and he can go the distance as we saw on Sunday where I think he took one for 73 yards. He's definitely a worthy back and he's a good player. He's going to be a special player in this league one day. Our job is to not let him be special against us. We've got to be physical with him, hit him as much as possible, and make him not want to carry the ball anymore."


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On their preparation when premier players are out...

"No, they (Colts) do a good job of creating depth. That's why they got the kid (Anthony) Gonzalez in the first round, because he can get the job done. You know Marvin (Harrison) probably has a few more years in him. I mean he still looks great and will play as long as he wants the way he runs. That's part of the NFL. You have 1,500 other elite players in the world and they have guys that can step in right away and make a contribution. So it doesn't change the way we do things, but at times you know one of their best playmakers is off the field and that adds a little sigh of relief, but in turn you know you've got other great players like Gonzalez who's emerging and starting to do his thing. The others are Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark."

On the possibilities of being a Colt...

"I always liked the Colts because of their style of pass rushing, with (Dwight) Freeney and (Robert) Mathis (Robert) down there. I got a chance to hang out with Freeney a few times when I was in college because a couple of his high school teammates went to Purdue with me, and he used to come up quite a bit. And I'm a big fan of Tony Dungy. I would have loved playing for the Colts coming out of college. I'm happy where I'm at and wouldn't change it for the world."

On any interest the Colts might have expressed...

"Tony (Dungy) talked to me at the Combine. They did like me but they had players at that position already and they didn't want to have to stand me up or they didn't know if they'd put me down, that's what he expressed to me. He (Dungy) said I like you as a player but I don't think we'll have room for you where we're at, not in a disrespectful way."

On last week's performance at Minnesota...

"We're a little bit embarrassed, but not so much. We look at the tape and see things that are correctable. Adrian Peterson is a great running back, one of the best I've ever seen since I've been in the league. It's a combination of that, guys missing tackles, guys down with injuries. Not to take anything from him (Adrian), but guys had to step up and we didn't do that. We'll use that as another motivational tool. That's all we can do. We can't do anything else about it. It was a loss. At the end of the day it's like getting dunked on. People get dunked on and poked in the eye, you can't dwell on that one dunk. It's still only two points, so it's still only one loss. It's not more than one loss. It's a loss whether he rushed for 50 yards or 400 yards. We'll just bounce back and make sure that doesn't happen again."

On second-half breakdowns this season...

"I look at Sunday like a good football team played a good game and they were able to beat us. That's how I look at it. We break down the season in four quarters actually. The first quarter we went 1-3 and the second quarter 3-1. We lost the first quarter, we won the second quarter. Now we're starting off the third quarter and we all know the best two minutes after the half are the first two minutes after the half. That's where Indy is at right now. They're our first two minutes at the start of the second half. We've got to try to get that victory in order to get that third quarter rolling. That's what we're looking at right now."

On maintaining consistency for remainder of season...

"It's a matter of playing consistently on all three phases. We haven't put a complete game together yet. Even when we beat the Texans, we scored points but most of those points came in the first half. We've got to stay consistent. Just like last week, we go into halftime with a lead and we end up making mistakes. And they're capitalizing on our mistakes, that's the fact of the matter. We just need to take care of business and stay consistent throughout the week not just on Sunday. Stay consistent with practice and make sure we're everywhere we need to be and take care of little things which have an affect on Sunday. We need to make sure we're doing that all the time."


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