Former head coach and CBS Sports analyst Bruce Arians was a guest on Thursday's episode of Chargers Weekly, the official podcast of the team.
Arians will be in the booth this Sunday alongside Greg Gumbel and Trent Green when the Chargers host the Raiders from ROKiT Field at StubHub Center. Excerpts from the interview are below.
Arians on if there's a different feeling the week before playing a divisional opponent:
"Oh, definitely. I mean, always. Those games are so huge when it comes to December and – October, September – they're the ones that, they come back to bite you if you don't play well and win."
On Philip Rivers:
"Yeah, I mean he's at the top of the list. He's in the top five for sure. (I) loved him when he came out. I liked him when he came out of high school, and he's just a winner. There are a lot of ways to play the position. He is a classic, drop-back quarterback and, I mean, those are the guys I love coaching."
On Rivers playing at such a high level in his 15*th* NFL season:
"He looks younger than he has in the last six years. I mean, it's amazing. ... I watched Ben (Roethlisberger) and he lost all that weight and looks so good, and all these guys. I mean – 40 (years old) – that number anymore, you can throw that out the window. All these guys, I think, are going to play to 40, 42 because they're taking such great care of themselves. And if you allow a great quarterback to stay with a great offensive coordinator and stay in the same system, that's how you have success."
On what will decide Sunday's game:
"I think who wins the last two minutes of the half and the last two minutes of the game, because I really believe it's going to be another close game."
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