Chargers Talk: Offense

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson sat down with the media to discuss the Colts defense, the team's wild game with the Colts in San Diego in November, and more!

Quarterback Philip Rivers:

On looking at the Colts defense, how much is predicated on what Bob Sanders shows ...

"He tells you a lot, but they're not a defense that's built on disguise and trying to trick you. They're built on, first of all, their personnel; second their speed and then technique. They're fundamentally sound. They play their assignments and they don't try to fool you a lot. They line up and say, ‘Here we are.' You don't expect them to change a whole lot.

Obviously they had two weeks probably to prepare for us. I know they know Tennessee better than us anyway, so they probably put a little focus towards us. You wouldn't think they're going to change much. They led the league in scoring defense. We'll have our hands full. We'll be at their place. It'll be loud. We'll have to manage that. You mentioned Sanders; he obviously is an awesome player. He's everywhere on the field and he's a guy we'll certainly have to be ready to take care of."


Rivers calls a play at Minnesota
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On what did he learned from his experience being on the sideline two years ago when the Chargers went to Indianapolis and won ...

"I'm not sure you learn anything. Going on the road and winning anywhere you go is tough to do. I think there's a handful of us that were here going in there and winning. I think at least you know what to expect. I don't know if you gain anything necessarily from experience. You just know what to expect. You know how loud it is. You know just the surroundings, the comfort level. A lot of us have been there. Other than that: different teams, different players, different year. I don't think as far as the win or the loss really has an impact on this game."

On whether he cares at all about the fact that this week analysts will talk about the advantage the Colts have at quarterback ...

"No. If they didn't say they have an edge at quarterback I'd think they must have been crazy…what he's done and the player he is. Barring something crazy, we're going to be the underdogs from here on out as far as that goes.

It doesn't really matter what's said and what's predicted. It matters what we do in the locker room and our staff and our team; how we prepare and what we believe, and go in there and fight hard and try to get a win. I think at this point, there's eight teams left. Any team can win it all and any team can get beat as we found out here last year as the one seed.

The Colts were in our position last year now as the three seed. Pittsburgh, a couple years ago they were the six seed. I think at this point, why not us? We're going to go with that frame of mind and play one game at a time. We're going to go in confident but obviously knowing the challenge that's ahead of us."

On if he thinks he gained or benefited from beating the Colts in San Diego earlier this year ...

"I think so many things happened in that game you could almost scratch it to be honest with you. Other than learning how they played you and watching guys, individual matchups, how they played you, blocking up front, seeing the corners how they played the wide receivers from a scheming standpoint.

But the way all those plays and things happened, you don't go into this game going, ‘Hey guys, we wore them out the first time,' or vice versa I wouldn't think. That was one of those games where we came out on top but I don't think really has a huge impact as we go forward into this game."

On whether it would have mattered if Vinatieri had made the kick at the end of the game ...

"No. That's one play. I don't think it would change anybody's approach."


Tomlinson scores vs. Chicago
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Running back LaDainian Tomlinson:

On how much more confident the team is going to Indy considering the success they've had there previously, and the success they've had this year against them ...

"I don't think the success we've had against them in the past really matters. This is going to be totally different situation. They're champions for a reason. We're going to get everything we can deal with. We've never been there in a playoff game.

Just the magnitude it was back then when we played them there…how loud it was and the environment and how hard it was to play there…it's probably going to be ten times worse going in there this week. We can kind of throw all that (the past) out the window and just focus on this week."

On whether he feels like they are going to have to put up a lot of points to win ...

"I don't know. That's something that is yet to be seen. I don't even want to think about that right now and us having to score points. Each game is different. You never know what's going to happen. If we get to the game and that calls for it, we're going to have to be ready for it. So that's the way we are going to approach it."


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