Here are five lessons we learned from the 2013 San Diego Chargers.
“We have a lot of young guys who got a lot of valuable experience and a lot of young guys who are going to be young guys next year but yet played a lot of football this year. So our team is only going to get better. I can’t see how we won’t get better in the next six months and have a chance to be even better next year.”
“It is just so awesome to see how quickly he has turned around this organization. He has changed the culture of the entire football team and led us to expect to win every football game. We went into each game expecting to win every time. I can’t say enough what he means to this team.”
“Philip means a lot to this team because he is the leader of this ball club. When you have a guy like that, you’re talking about a guy who has the qualities to help you through the tough times. He makes it a lot easier for everyone around him. That’s what sticks out the most to me about him. Not only is he the quarterback but he is our leader and he makes the game a lot easier for everyone around him. For me, that’s the true test of what he means to our team. We drafted him believing he can carry us to wins, and he’s done that. I remember one game we had once against Houston, he carried the whole team. We only won because of him. When I think of him in general, not only do I think of a quarterback and a guy who leads this team, but in my mind, he’s a friend too. When it comes to Philip, I feel lucky to have been a part of someone like him. When I look back at my career many, many years from now I will have felt lucky to have gone through this all with him.”
“I think he is just being very decisive. He knows where he wants to get and he is getting there in a hurry. He is running downhill. The kid is an incredible athlete. He is built like a block of granite. He is a pretty intense specimen, so when he gets going downhill, he is inflicting some pain on these linebackers and safeties. Toward the end of the game, when we can start leaning on people, if we have the ability to run over the course of the game, guys don’t want to hit him so much. He is starting to get a couple extra yards at the end of all those runs. He is doing a great job just being clear in his cuts and very decisive in making one and sticking with it.”
“In the next month, over time, we will sit down as an organization and evaluate everything from the first day of the offseason program on. As a coaching staff, we will sit down in the next couple of weeks, evaluate our football team and talk about them as an organization, the pluses and minuses of every player, the health of the football teams, strength and conditioning, how they performed, how they fit-in to the future plans. Those are things that take time. We are not going to have all those answers tomorrow morning. It is a long process that will take place over the next few weeks, months and everything we will do is in the best interest of the football team moving forward. What helps us win. That is what it is all about."