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Keys to the Game: Chargers vs. Cardinals
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Here are five keys to the game heading into Thursday’s preseason finale between the San Diego Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals:
“It’s a great opportunity for a number of players to show us for the last time what they can do. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for the players. For some players this might be the last game they ever play of football. It’s the bad part of the business but you never know when it’s going to be your last game. There are going to be guys on our 53, guys on our practice squad and guys claimed on other teams, so it’s another opportunity for players to go out there and (show) what you can do.”
“I think that we need to convert more on the third downs for the twos and threes. I am speaking like I am a coach or something and I am not a coach, I am a player. So obviously, I can only control what I can control. I try to go out and do what I can do to help us win. My job is not to criticize or look at anyone else’s play and say this is what they need to do. That is why they pay the coaches. For me, it is just to go out and do the things that I can do to help us win.”
“Whoever your opponent is, you just go out and play them. But it definitely is a unique situation. There is obviously going to be a lot of carry over, and we’ll have extra days to analyze them and focus in on them which will be nice.”
“I think Brad’s had a very good two years here. As a former quarterback myself, I know what it’s like to struggle in a preseason game. But I look at Brad’s whole body of work, and he’s been solid. He had a really good preseason last year and was good in our first two games this year. Then you even look at this last game, it didn’t go so well but there are always factors. You’ve got to look at what’s going on in the meeting room (and) how is he picking things up there. He’s been solid and improving in my mind steadily since he’s been here. ”
“It’s our decision. I’ll say this; (Defensive Coordinator) John Pagano wants 53 defensive plays. Frank wants 53 offensive players. If you ask (Special Teams Coordinator) Kevin Spencer, he wants this many players. We’re all greedy as coaches. We all want more. So there are some interesting discussions, then it’s my job and (General Manager) Tom (Telesco’s) job to make those decisions. But we’re doing it as a whole we put all our minds together and then someone’s got to make the final decision.” Read