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Dilfer: "I'm Probably the Biggest Philip Rivers Fan"
Trent Dilfer will serve as an analyst alongside Chris Berman when the San Diego Chargers host the Houston Texans for their Monday night Season opener on ESPN.
I had the chance to chat with Dilfer, who offered his optimistic perspective on the 2013 Bolts.
“I’m excited about this team. I’m a realist. If football is about 16 deep, they could contend for the Super Bowl. At 22 they are still pretty good. My concern, like it is for many teams, is from 23-53. Any time you have a change with a new general manager and new head coach the bottom part of the roster is changing. So I don’t know. But I’m excited to see those 16 especially. I think you still have some guys at their positions that can be as good as anybody in this league.
I’m probably the biggest Philip Rivers fan in football. When I was playing and he was first coming into this league, I loved the way he played. I love his fiery nature. I think he’s a throwback to a certain degree, so I’m excited to see him in this new system with new coaches and the challenge of all that.
Being a (Fresno State) Bulldog, I’m looking forward to seeing Ryan (Mathews). There seems to be a change in his aura. There’s more confidence there. I think this system will really help him be more decisive. The physical traits have always been there. He’s had some unfortunate injuries and put the ball on the ground a bit too much. But Ryan Mathews from a talent standpoint and in this system is a guy that can be a top six, seven or eight back in this league.
In this division I know people think, especially after Thursday night, that Denver is a lock in this division. I don’t believe that. I think this division is definitely up in the air and that San Diego will be a contender as well. I think this team has as good a chance as anybody.”