New head coach Mike McCoy has many outstanding qualities. But perhaps chief amongst them has been his uncanny ability to get the most out of his quarterback.
From Jake Delhomme to Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning, each player posted some of the best numbers of their career under his tutelage. Most recently was Manning, who threw for a team-record 37 touchdowns and posted the second best season of his career in terms of yards (4,659) and completion percentage (68.85%).
Thus, it’s easy to see why
“I met with him today and we got started,” he said. “I’m excited about that. Certainly there’s going to be a lot of changes offensively from what we’ve done. It’s going to be new and different and I’m sure he has a ton of great ideas and schemes, so I’m looking forward to getting going with him.”
McCoy is also looking forward to the chance to work with Rivers.
“I’m very excited,” said the new head coach. “When he was at North Carolina State I was at Carolina. We went up there and worked him out. We saw all of his games on TV being there. It is a great opportunity. He is a fierce competitor. He is a great guy to have as the face of your franchise the way he plays, game in and game out. Regardless of the score he is going to compete. I just talked to him a little while ago and there are a lot of guys on this football team that are like that.”
In addition to McCoy, Rivers spoke highly of the team’s decision to bring in Tom Telesco as general manager as well.
“I’ve had the chance to have a few conversations with Tom, and again, it’s just really exciting,” he said. “He made it clear the direction we’re headed in, so I’m excited about it.”
Overall, Rivers is ready to move on from a disappointed 2012 season and looks forward to the future under McCoy and Telesco.
“It’s exciting,” he said. “I think it’s a natural progression from the end of the season. You’re disappointed because of the year you had, and you’re always disappointed to lose your coach. And then as time passes, you hire a new coach and a new GM. Well, I’m fired up and excited about what’s to come. I’ve been here nine years and we’ve done a lot of good things. Obviously last year was disappointing, but we’re ready to get back into the post season and I’m excited about Coach McCoy and Telesco leading us back there.”