QB Philip Rivers: "I Leave This Game Encouraged"

Chargers QB Philip Rivers addresses the media following the 23-35 loss to the LA Rams.

(On handling holding duties for the kicker)

“Just this year. Yeah, at least we handled that with no incident.”

(On what it was like to hold for the kicker)

“Well, I knew he potentially was down. Coach Stewart did tell me, ‘Hey, if (P) Drew (Kaser)’s not back up -you got it.’ And then after we scored, I was jogging off and and (LS) Mike Windt came and got me and said, ‘Hey, you’re holding.’ It was fine. We made it.”

(On if he practices holding kicks during training camp)

“I’ve gotten about five or six in the last 20 years.”

(On the last time he was a holder for a kicker in a game)

“It was 1999, high school - one game. One - that’s my second hold in my life.”

(On if his other hold in high school was good too)

“I think it was alright.”

(On his thoughts on the game and how they played offensively)

**“**Gosh, I mean we did a lot of really good things. Obviously, they had some injuries. I don’t want to discredit that - two of their better players ended up leaving the game. It’s not an every Sunday occurrence, you see the ball going up and down the field on that defense like we were able to do it. But we just weren't as consistent the first half. The key things I took away from it was red zone possession, when we kicked the field goal and then we had the turnover and then we had a couple early possessions where we just didn’t get going. We didn't get going and once they got the two score lead, we never could really get it back to one. But again, I know you all know I’m the ultimate optimist, but I leave this game encouraged again because that team’s gonna win 12 games probably, I would say at least. And you leave this going, ‘Hey, don’t turn the ball over, don’t give a blocked punt for a touchdown. Make a few better throws in the red zone and do some things and we can beat that team.’ So those are the kinds of teams you have to beat if you want to play in January.”

(On how WR Mike Williams played)

“He’s come along. He’s going to continue to do this. Gosh, he played big and strong. Made some big plays, a handful of big plays. Obviously the touchdowns and he's only going to continue to be more and more of a factor for us.”

(On going to Williams in the fourth-down situation)

“Yeah, again, we have a group of guys that all know anybody can get the ball at any given play. That ball was called to go to (WR) Keenan (Allen). Because the coverage and this and that - if that ball hadn’t gone to Mike on that play…you know what I mean? Because you think with him playing and why we’re calling it is not to get that. But, that’s our guys being disciplined, running their routes and always knowing - you never know. The coverage they played allowed him to come open and he made a great catch and got in the end zone.”

(On TE Antonio Gate’s having some good catches)

“Yeah, he did. I really wanted to go to him in that fourth down, and maybe I could of squeezed it in there. I thought maybe 43 (S John Johnson III) had a little leverage on Antonio (Gates) there, so I threw it to (RB) Austin (Ekeler) short, but thinking he could go get it and he almost did. I think maybe the ball had come out - it’s going be close. It’s probably a measurement, I haven’t seen the TV footage of it. But no, Gates came up big and obviously he was down all week, so he didn’t get any practice work at all. It’s a, ‘We’re going to need him as the year continues to progress.’ You’re sick about this game because you feel like you just kind of - hats off to them, they won the game - but we didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we had. But shoot, we're gonna keep growing, keep building. We got the Niners next week, and see if we can get to 2-2 after the first quarter.”

(On if his thinking changed after two quarters)

“No, we went right after it from the start. As you saw on the touchdown about eight minutes into the game.”

(On QB Jared Goff and how the Rams offense looked)

“Yeah, he’s doing a nice job. And I’ll tell you Coach (Sean) McVay is a heck of a coach. He does a heck of a job with those guys offensively. Yes, they’re doing a nice job.”

(On if he would like to run sweeps similar to the Rams to open up the offense)

“We’re pretty opened up. I think we’re a little more traditional than that but whatever works. The name of the game is to score more points than the other team, and they’re doing that right now.”

(On two-yard swing pass to RB Austin Ekeler)

“Yeah, he was just faking the reverse, we had things going on down the field and there was just nothing there. He’s kind of the outlet, so just flip it to him and let him go. I mean, it ended up being a 12-yard, 14-yard gain.”

(On if the two-yard swing pass was part of the pressure)

“Oh yeah, he’s the last resort. It just ended up working out that way.”

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