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An Interview with Dean Spanos at the Bye
As the Bolts embark on their bye week, Chargers.com had the chance to sit down with President Dean Spanos.
Watch to see what Spanos had to say about the start to the season, his opinion on Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy, his favorite moments so far and much more.
Then, read the full transcript below.
Chargers.com: The team is coming off two consecutive wins and at 4-3 are above .500 for the first time this season. What are your general thoughts on the team so far going into this bye week?
Spanos: It’s nice to have won a couple in a row obviously, and it would be great to come back and get a win in a couple weeks. But there are still a lot of games left to play. You always think back over the first seven games maybe there were a couple that got away. But you can’t change that now. You’ve got to look forward. Right now everyone is looking forward to a week off before we get back to practice next week.
Chargers.com: The team has followed up each really tough loss with a big win. How impressed are you with these players being able to bounce back like that?
Spanos: This team has no quit in it. It’s got great resiliency. I think that also speaks a lot to the coaching. You can never get too high or too low after a win or a loss. So you just play every game week to week and you see what happens.
Chargers.com: Seven games with Mike McCoy as head coach. What do you think is the most important thing that he’s brought to that position?
Spanos: Stability. I think the players believe in him and his system that he’s putting into effect. I think they have a tremendous amount of respect for the accountability that he’s put into the organization now. The whole thing is really they believe in our head coach.
Chargers.com: The team has swung between some wins and losses. Obviously they’ve won two in a row here, but on the backside of it, what’s it been like working with Tom Telesco who has been so important putting this team together?
Spanos: It’s just been great the last seven or eight months. I think he’s just done a fabulous job and you look at the productivity of just alone our three first draft picks, it’s just been incredible. They’re all performing and they’re all contributing. They have had an impact on us winning and losing. Also you look at how many different players he’s brought in at different positions. The one thing about Tom I love is it doesn’t matter how much adversity we’ve faced because of the injuries we’ve had, it’s just we’ll get a guy in here and we’ll make it work.
Chargers.com: The team has had some great moments so far. What has had you cheering the loudest?
Spanos: I think the first win for Tom obviously and Mike. I think the whole team was very excited about that. And I think last week (when) Philip Rivers went over 30,000 yards. Having him play here his whole career and seeing that happen; that’s a huge milestone. You can’t say enough good things about Philip.
Chargers.com: The rookies have made an impact so far in this young season. What has impressed you about these guys coming from the college ranks playing so well in the NFL?
Spanos: I think going in right away and having to perform. It’s next man up. We’ve had a lot of injuries and we’ve asked a lot of the young players to come in and step up and perform. I just think they’ve done a great job, and again that speaks to the coaching and the preparation they have had going into the season. I really say you have to take your hat off to how they’ve performed.
Chargers.com: Nine games left and five divisional games left in 2013. As we look forward, what are your thoughts on the back half of the season?
Spanos: You can’t get too far ahead of yourself. Right now like I said everybody is going to get a rest this week hopefully and get healthy and get ready to go back to work next week. Just get focused on Washington coming up in a couple weeks. You just play it one game at a time and we’ll see what happens.
Chargers.com: Finally, there was a great atmosphere on Monday night against the Colts a few weeks ago. Looking ahead, the next home game against the Denver Broncos should be a great crowd. How great is it when the San Diego fans are in there just cheering their head off for the home team?
Spanos: Ask any of the players or anybody in the organization, there is a lot to be said for the 12th man in the stands. I mean, it really gives you an advantage to a certain degree. Having all the fans there and having this thing sold out for the Denver game coming up is going to be really exciting.