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Bears Keyed on Rivers, Ekeler and More

On quarterback Philip Rivers...

“It starts with Philip Rivers. I was in Kansas City for five years and go to see him twice a year, and I know what he can do. I have so much respect for him as a player and as a person and the way he does things.” - Head Coach Matt Nagy

"Philip Rivers is a Hall of Fame quarterback. We just got to try to get our hands up. He lets the ball go at a low trajectory. (We) just got to try to affect him.” - Defensive Tackle Eddie Goldman

"Everyone keeps talking about his throwing motion, but he's a first-ballot Hall of Famer, so throwing motion doesn't matter. He's a competitor. I always hear from dudes around the league that he's very competitive and that he talks, talks a lot." - Cornerback Prince Amukamara

"This is a game where we're going to have to be on our man. Even when he's covered, you've got to cover him a little bit more. This is the game where you work your eyes, but know that the quarterback is going to be seeing you." - Linebacker Danny Trevathan

On Running Back Austin Ekeler…

“(Austin Ekeler)'s a three-down back, he’s a hard charger in the run game, he can run between the tackles, he can get outside and run on the perimeter, and he’s a heck of a receiver… He’s got a little route tree, and he runs as good as anybody. He’s run by corners and he’s run by linebackers… He’s a pain, and that’s why he’s (one of the best in the league) in receptions and he has almost 500 after-catch yards… He’s not an easy guy to bring down. He’s very, very strong, he’s tough, and he’s elusive, and he breaks a ton of tackles. So we got our hands full. It’s going to take a team effort to slow him down.” - Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano

On Wide Receiver Keenan Allen...

“Oh god… (Keenan Allen)'s so elusive, and he’s got all of this funk to his game. (Assistant director of pro scouting) Jeff King did the advance on him and made the reference that (Allen’s) like (James) Harden on the football field. When he comes off, it’s like a crossover dribble. It blows you (away), and then he’s on top of you. He’s a great route runner, he does a great job understanding leverages, he’s going to attack your leverages, and he’s got a future first ballot Hall of Famer throwing to him.” - Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano

On the Chargers Defense...

“Obviously, they’ve got two talented guys on the edge with (Melvin) Ingram and (Joey) Bosa…. They’re talented all-around. They’ve got good linebackers. Thomas Davis has been playing for at least 15 years. Good defense with (defensive coordinator Gus) Bradley too. - Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen

On Defensive End Joey Bosa…

“(Joey Bosa) has such a dominant motor. He can beat you in so many different ways, and I think you see that. I remember when he got drafted and we had to go against him. He was injured in his first year early on, and he came back and we (thought), ‘Wow, he’s special.’ You combine him with Ingram, and you see on tape what they can do together. They are one of the best defensive tandems in the game. But just dominance, that’s what I see from (Bosa).” - Head Coach Matt Nagy

On the Chargers’ identity…

“All together as a unit, you see all the close games that they’ve had...We understand that and know they’re not at all like their record.” - Head Coach Matt Nagy

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