Tomlinson: It Starts With The Champs

Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson talked to the media on Wednesday about what their first playoff victory does for their confidence, San Diego's earlier matchup with the Colts, what he expects from Indianapolis this time around, and more!

On if getting a playoff win last week has relaxed them at all...

"Obviously you have confidence when you win a game in the playoffs. But we still have a tough schedule ahead of us. It starts with the champs this week. We feel good about last week, obviously winning a playoff game, but now our focus is on the champs."

On being the No. 1 seed last year and not making it, that happening each of the last two years, and if they have talked about that this year...

"No, not really. To be honest with you, we haven't. That was something that we set a goal last year, and our focus has been on just what we have to do each week. Obviously last week, playing a tough Tennessee team, our focus was on Tennessee. Now, it counts this week with Indianapolis, and now that's where our focus is at."

On how much the offense has changed with the way it was run under Cam Cameron and now under Norv Turner...

"It's changed a little bit because of the different things that Norv likes to do. It's the same system, but the play calling is a little different. Norv likes to attack more down the field throwing the football, and so in turn that's what you're seeing from us a little bit more."

On what he remembers about the first game this season with the Colts in November....

"It was such a weird game the way everything played out. That's like a once-in-a-lifetime game, the way it happened that way. Peyton Manning obviously had six picks. That will never happen again. We had a kickoff return and a punt return (for a touchdown), and that doesn't happen much. So it was kind of a weird game. And then Adam (Vinatieri) missing a field goal at the end of the game, which he doesn't miss many, especially inside 30 yards. So it was just kind of a weird game. It's something that doesn't happen often. That's pretty much what I remember."

On if he was more surprised by Peyton Manning's six interceptions or Adam Vinatieri's missed field goal...

"I don't know which one was more surprising, because it doesn't happen much. I guess when it came down to it at the end of the game, it had to be I guess Adam, because they still had a chance to win it. After all that happened, they still had an opportunity to win the game, so it was kind of surprising."

On how big of a factor DB-Bob Sanders is...

"He's such a huge factor. When you turn on the tape, you see a guy that's obviously one of the best players in the National Football League, and not just defensively. He's a guy that you have to gameplan for. He's going to be lurking around the line of scrimmage, we're going to have to account for him, and we're going to have to try to block him and keep him away from making plays."

On if he has seen much of RB-Joseph Addai and how he measures his game...

"I have watched Joseph because he's in the same conference and we play some of the same teams, so I obviously look at some of Indy's tape. I think what he does so well is exactly what Indy's offense is designed to do. He's able to really be patient. He's a very patient runner, very quick, it's hard to tackle him in the open field, and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. So that system allows him to really explore his talents."


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