Rivers on the Cardinals Defense: 'There's a Lot of Savvy Players'

Chargers QB addresses the media about bouncing back from a loss and preparing for the Cardinals' defense.

On if the loss can help the team re-focus:

“Yeah, I think it can. It certainly can. It better. Obviously we know the way the game ended, we wish we did things differently, but really that whole game, some things crept in that we've stayed away from during that six-game win streak for the most part. So I think it just reminded us that these old things can beat you. Not that they were being oversighted before, but now it just makes you even more zero in on those, and get back to doing those little things that can be the difference in those kind of games. I think we'll do that. The attitude of the team seemed great. Monday it wasn't great. It was a tough loss, especially when you haven't felt that feeling in so long. Like I said, we're excited, we're 7-3. Got a chance to get to 8-3 and it will be a heck of a challenge. Speaking offensively, we've got a tough Cardinals defense coming in here with some big-time Pro Bowl players and a defense that's really been on the field a lot and played some teams really, really tough. So we'll have our work cut out for us. Our guys, the approach seems to be really good about getting back on track and getting back to doing the things we were doing.”

On the challenge presented by playing against Cardinals S Tre Boston:

“Yeah, definitely. Just little things. I've always thought when guys have been places, it's less about knowing scheme, and more about knowing players, what players like to do. What do they like to do? What does this guy like to do? A conversation that Tre and I may have had, or tight ends or receivers. I don't think you need to overthink it, again, because then you chase ghosts and end up talking yourself out of things that you don't need to. Certainly, Tre can bring some knowledge to that defense. [Cardinals CB] Patrick Peterson, not only one of the best corners physically, he's always a heck of a — you can tell, his preparation and his smarts of how he plays things. Again, [Cardinals DE] Chandler Jones, shoot, the last two years he’s had more sacks than anybody in the league. So those are just a couple of guys. There are a lot of other savvy players over there. They've played a lot of football. At times [Cardinals Head Coach] Steve Wilks, when he was here, we know what type of defense that he's been around and used to his time in Carolina. He and the D-coordinator. So it will be a challenge for us, and we have to get back and have a great week of preparation to find a way to win on Sunday.”

On if the loss was humbling:

“Yeah, I think anytime you lose it's humbling in this league. Collectively and individually, right? I mean, personally, things are going good, and it just goes that quick. It's a week-to-week league, and you can be playing really good. You can play really good for three-quarters of a game and have three or four bad plays and it come back to get you. We know that. I know that. Shoot, that's why you've got to re-group and go because nobody's going to feel sorry for you or wait on you. You've got to make sure you rebound in a hurry. You see all across the league that it happens to teams, and that's what they do. They rebound and go. I don't see us being any different. We're still sitting in a good spot and have a chance to still accomplish everything we want to.”

On his late-season success:

“I don't know. I don't know why. I mean, obviously as a team and just over my career it's something that you talk about. You want to be playing your best football down the home stretch as you try to and want to be playing into January, which we haven't in a long time. So I think it just, as a team, that's always been something we've always — but in a lot of cases we've been so far behind and we've been in such a chase mode that even a good December, a finish to November hasn't been enough in some of those seasons. Now we've put ourselves in position where it will certainly be enough if we do what we're capable of doing and what we've done in some years past in December. So we need to keep that going so it can give ourselves a chance to play into next year.”

On the potential for cold weather games down the stretch:

“Yeah, I think we'll be fine. It's funny, because, yeah, it is. We practiced in this every day. Yet we have guys from all over the country that have played their football in college. I don't think anybody likes the cold, to be quite honest. So you figure out the way to get it done for those three and a half hours when that comes. We have one more week right ahead of us that won't be in the cold. So we've got to make sure, again, the weather is usually not a factor at home. We've got to make sure we focus on this opponent and ourselves. I think it's a two-fold deal this week. We've got to focus on us, about those little things. Not to say, again, that they've been overlooked, but when you've won six in a row, sometimes you need to be reminded how big those are. When you overcome them all the time and win, it's easier to push them aside. I think, as players, we've got to make sure that we are not letting any of those things slide just from a focus standpoint, even in practice meetings when we communicate and talk about that stuff.”

On Cardinals QB Josh Rosen:

“I've seen him play quite a bit in college, just being out here on the west coast. Those games kickoff at 7:30. Those are usually the night games that we would — you're laying down watching and haven't seen him a ton yet this year. Obviously, knowing his arm talent and size and ability to throw the football, I'm sure he's going to be a heck of a player.”

On the Monday Night game:

“Yeah, I didn't make much of it, other than it was a good game to watch. It was a fun game to watch. Lot of scoring, lot of scoring. Both sides of the ball scoring. Other than that, we've got more to worry about than that. We've got to worry about the Cardinals, worry about ourselves. Not so much can we catch Kansas City, let's just worry about the Chargers trying to win one game on Sunday.”

On if the mentality and preparation stays the same every week:

“Yeah, it's the NFL. It's the NFL. Every team can win on any week. You know, all teams are equipped and capable. So you approach each one the same, and we'll do that on Sunday.”

On if the result of Monday Night will be more common in the future:

“I just can't imagine. I don't know. I mean, obviously, it was hyped up to be that, and it turned. It usually ends up not happening and it was. Again, some of the turnovers in defensive scoring added to that. I didn't think it would be that high-scoring. I don't think you're going to all of a sudden start seeing a bunch of 50 to whatever it was — 54-51 games. You are talking about two offenses there that are dangerous. So you never know, but I don't see that being kind of the new weekly deal.”

On Thanksgiving at his house:

“It's awesome. It will be good. There will be a lot going on. We'll look forward to more in the afternoon, and some of the older girls are now able to contribute to the cooking. So we'll have a good Thanksgiving.”

On his favorite Thanksgiving dish:

“Green bean casserole. I think it's solidified. It's No. 1.”

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