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Philip Rivers: "We're Headed in the Right Direction"
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It’s not a surprise that when quarterback Philip Rivers is doing well, the San Diego Chargers also do well.
In 2009, when Rivers threw for 4,254 yards and 28 touchdowns, the Chargers went 13-3. In 2010, when Rivers threw for 4,710 yards and 30 touchdowns, the Chargers finished with a winning record of 9-7. Yet, in the past two seasons when Rivers has thrown at least 15 interceptions, the Chargers have not produced a winning season.
Now with mini camp in full swing and training camp only a few weeks away, Rivers sees the regular season on the horizon and a chance to prove himself after adjusting to a new regime.
He sees the same in his teammates.
“The mindset is really positive,” Rivers said. “I think the guys early on went in with a mentality. Although we’ve had guys that have been here a long time, we’ve had a bunch of success, but we’ve been in a little bit of a lull to say the least, and I think it was just a commitment of everybody that hey, there’s going to be little things that we may not love right away, but just buy in, go full go and believe and that’s what we’ve done. I think it’s all the little things that you still are working through. Even at this point, there’s not nearly as many as there were two, three months ago.”
With new faces on the offensive side of the ball, a new head coach in Mike McCoy and a new playbook, Rivers has done little to change his routine. After all, it’s a routine that has led him to four Pro Bowl appearances. Nothing has really changed except for a few small things.
“Other than the offense and the different kinds of study habits,” Rivers said. “I’ve always studied and worked hard this time of year, but it’s different when you have an offense that’s totally new. That’s been certainly different, but a lot of the things that have worked in the past I’ve stuck with as far as routine, and I feel like we’re headed in the right direction.”
As not to get too ahead of himself, Rivers sees this offseason as a chance to improve and grow more comfortable with his teammates each time they hit the practice field. So far, the results have been good.
“We’ve had a positive offseason,” Rivers said. “We’ve improved every day. We have a few days left here before we take a little break and then the season will be here before we know it.”