Foxboro - Philip Rivers, 37, is a media darling. He loves talking football. He spoke for almost 20 minutes to the New England media Wednesday. By comparison, Tom Brady only talks for six minutes when he speaks to the media. Rivers, who had two interceptions in the game, was once coached by Bill Belichick in the Pro Bowl.
“We were getting killed,” Rivers began Wednesday during a conference call with reporters, "and it was me and Peyton (Manning ) ... and (Matt) Cassel. And we were getting blown out at halftime, and he kind of called us all up and said, ‘Hey, we can tackle. I know it’s the Pro Bowl and all that, but can we tackle somebody today? Let’s go out and see if we can make this a little bit respectful in the second half.’
"And then he looked over at us quarterbacks, and we had all thrown an interception. Thank goodness I wasn’t the only one. And he said, ‘It would help if you guys would stop throwing it to the other team.’ And I got a kick out of that because I’m standing next to Peyton Manning and Cassel. And Peyton’s, if not my all-time favorite, one of (them), and I was glad I wasn’t the only one that had thrown it to the other team."
Belichick also told the defense (in spite of the rules limiting hitting) that they needed to make tackles. One random note about Rivers is that he likes to help his nine children with math homework. He said this week he will try to keep up the routine.
Random Note: Anthony Lynn, who coached Stephon Gilmore with the Buffalo Bills, said Gilmore is a different player this year than he was in 2017. Lynn said it was clear that Gilmore was getting used to the system last year. Lynn also said the Chargers made it a priority to improve their run defense in the offseason. Their run defense was good against the Ravens last week.