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Steve Spagnuolo: Austin Ekeler Even "Scarier Now" than Week 11


On Chargers…

"We understand that the Chargers are a really good football team, and we know it's going to be a great challenge." - Quarterback Patrick Mahomes

"We know we're playing a good team, (and) the margin between winning and losing is very small...They're well-coached, (and) they got good players." - Head Coach Andy Reid

"This is how I look at the Chargers, they have a head coach that keeps them battling in games, (and) they have a quarterback that's been around for a long time that does a lot of good things." - Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo

On QB Philip Rivers...

"He is still the elite competitor we all know him to be. If you can get yourself close to the action when he's playing, boy is he into it. I think he thoroughly enjoys the game within the game… He's always been like that and I still think he's playing at a high level...we don't look at it any other way other than this guy can come in here and be everything we've seen him be before." - Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo

"You always know that (Philip Rivers) is prepared to the max to go against you, so he's covered all the bases. Then he's got that desire and competitiveness behind it. You gotta make sure you do your homework when you get ready for him. And he's been there a long time." - Head Coach Andy Reid

"He's a great competitor, he's someone who loves the game of football, he's going to compete until the very end every single game, and he's had a lot of success doing that. He's a great person from all my interactions with him. He's a great dude, but he's (also) a fiery and good competitor." - Quarterback Patrick Mahomes

"Each and every play, he's gonna get to the line…and check into a play that he's comfortable with, a play that he really feels can stretch the defense. It'll be important to disguise. He chews up a lot of the play clock, so we're expecting that." - Safety Tyrann Mathieu

On S Derwin James...

"(Derwin) James, he's one of the best in the business at what he does. He's physical, smart, tough and he covers a lot of ground." - Head Coach Andy Reid

On RB Austin Ekeler…

"Oh, (Austin Ekeler) is a problem. He's one of the guys we label as a 'game-wrecker' (and) we can't let that happen. He does a lot of things really well. He's scary, and he was scary the last time we played them (and) he's scarier now." - Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo

"He's nifty and he has wide receiver moves. One of the things he does with the ball, like most running backs who can catch it… he's a problem with yards after catch. It's the explosive plays that get you in trouble on defense. They have a number of players that Philip Rivers has (who) can create an explosive play, and (Ekeler) is one of them." - Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo

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