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What Philip Rivers Hopes for in a New Head Coach

Philip Rivers has seen it all over 13 NFL seasons, and is well aware coaches come in many different forms.

He also knows that in the end, all that matters is the bottom line – wins and losses.

Number 17 has played for three very different head coaches over his career.  First was Marty Schottenheimer from 2004-06. Next up was Norv Turner from 2007-12, who also served as the Bolts' play caller over his tenure.  Then, in 2013, Mike McCoy took over, bringing with him a new system and way of doing things.

Now, for the fourth time in his career, Rivers will play for a new coach.

So, what type of style does he hope for this time around?

Truthfully, it doesn't matter to the quarterback as long as it leads to wins.

"There are so many different styles that I don't think it needs to be this way or that way," he explained. "Growing up the son of a coach, I don't think it needs to be this way or that way.  As long as we win, it doesn't matter the style. That's for (President of Football Operations) John (Spanos) and (General Manager) Tom (Telesco) to decide and get what they think best fits (us with his) personality, football approach and philosophy.  They know our roster, our team and what we need.  It's not about focusing on getting a guy who is a screamer or yeller, or someone who is laid back.  That to me makes no difference.  There are many ways it can work, and I trust John and Tom to get the guy who fits us best."

Whoever the team decides to hire, Rivers expects him to be the last coach of his career.

"You hope you play for one coach your whole career, but at this point where I am right now, I hope this is the last one.  Hopefully I can do my part to help that be the case."

Fortunately, the quarterback says he feels as healthy as ever at the age of 35.

"(My health) is probably the best it's been in a very long time," he said.  "I'm thankful for that for sure.  That's a credit to the guys up front and God's protection not to be injured.  So many guys are.  I'm thankful I walk out of this season feeling as good as I've felt.  That's encouraging to me because a couple years ago I didn't feel real good with my back and things like that.  I really feel healthy and strong, and that excites me for a handful of years to come."

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