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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Keys to the Game: Chargers vs. Broncos
Here are five keys to the game heading into this week’s Divisional Round playoff game between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos:
“I feel like it’s very important. It’s very important because I feel like when he has time to sit back there and just stand in the pocket, it’s just like pass “skelly” (Pass Skeleton). And he’s one of the best to do it, so you’ve got to get him out of his comfort zone.”
“I think the biggest thing is that it’s still a football game at the end of the day. Don’t put any added pressure on yourself just because it is the playoffs. You approach it the same way and keep your same weekly routine. I think as long as you do that and don’t let your mentality change, knowing that when you get in the game it’s going to be exciting and it’s going to be a lot of excitement for the game and the fans and everything, just stay within yourself and don’t get outside of yourself and think too much and let the game become bigger than what it is.”
“Obviously, they’re built around big plays. They’re built around wearing you down, getting you to make a mistake and throwing it over your head, or hitting you with a screen. Their personnel, they have five homerun hitters on their offense. So it’s a huge task, but it’s kind of fun
“I think that gives you confidence to know that we can win when you know you’ve done it only four weeks ago. I don’t think we’ll have any problem making sure everybody realizes that it’s not just going to happen again and realize how hard that was and how well we played on both sides of the ball and how we capitalized and got touchdowns in the red zone. All those things are the reasons we won. We didn’t just go in there and win. So it’s going to be hard. They’re a No. 1 seed for a reason.
"I think you need to try and take advantage of what your opponent does. That is why you game plan. There are certain things you are going to try and take advantage of. There are going to be certain tendencies or coverage or certain fronts, whether it is a red area defense, third down scheme, first or second down scheme or how the play certain personnel groupings. That changes from week to week. Then coaches make adjustments all the time during the game. They might be doing something different. It is the playoffs. There may be a new wrinkle here or there, but you see that during the season also, where you have to adjust as coaches on the fly."