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Rivers Optimistic Heading into Cleveland

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Philip Rivers came back from the bye week sporting a new look that has led to some good natured ribbing, a mustache.

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But he’s also come back with an optimistic attitude about the rest of the season that was prevalent as he addressed the media after practice.

“We’re 3-3 coming off two bad losses,” he said.  “Those are the facts.  But we can rebound, and we’re excited about the opportunity ahead.”

Part of the reason for Rivers optimism is that the Bolts are in familiar territory. They’ve had this same record numerous times in the past and went on to have successful seasons. 

“We’ve been 3-3 plenty of times,” he said.  “We’ve been 3-3 and gone to the AFC Championship, we’ve been 3-3 and gone to 4-8 and then won a playoff game that year, and we’ve been 3-3 and finished 13-3.  So 3-3 is not a foreign place to us…And I think the biggest thing is there is nothing I can say that can get us 10 weeks from now. We have to go do it.”

According to Rivers, the best way to start fresh and get on a roll is for each player to reflect on what they’ve done so far and commit themselves to making the necessary improvements.

“From a personal standpoint, the guys know how much I care, how bad I hate to lose and how bad I hate to turn the ball over and make mistakes. I think there are a lot of guys in that room that care (just as) much…If we all focus on our task, including myself, and our responsibility, then that will give our team the best chance to win.”

The Chargers quarterback also says that there is no need for the Bolts to get down on themselves.  For the most part, they have played very well, and he wants his team to realize that.

“In a lot of these games we’ve executed at a very high level,” he said. “We did a lot of good things, but the bad was really bad and it cost us. And it can make you think, ‘Man, we’re struggling.’  Well no, we’re not struggling.  We had a fumble for a touchdown, an interception for a touchdown and another interception, and all of a sudden it gets out of hand. Whereas the other 65 snaps in a lot of ways were positive.  So you’ve got to focus on the positive to know that’s what we can be, and then use the negative to learn from and correct those mistakes.”

Rivers also believes the Chargers need to put the disappointing loss to the Broncos behind them and move on. 

“We’re past (that game),” he said. “We’re ahead.  We’re excited.  It’s as if we’re 0-0 again, and in a way, we are.  We’re 3-3.  We’re sitting dead even, and we’ve got a 10 game season, one game at a time.  The other team in our division at the top is 3-3 as well.  There’s a ton of football left, and to say you know what the outcome is going to be is crazy.  But we have a lot of control about what the outcome is and we have to make sure we do our part.”

The road to success that Rivers is determined to lead his team on will be put to the test on Sunday in Cleveland. It’s a game that he is confident they can win, but warns that it will be a challenge.

“(Their defense) is a solid group,” he said. “It’s a group that if you look at them, they don’t do a ton schematically, but they do what they do really well. They make you earn everything you get.  When you look at their games, every game has been close.  Obviously they beat Cincinnati a few weeks ago, and every game they’ve been in has been close.  They had the ball at the end to beat Baltimore, they had a chance late to beat Indianapolis, and they’ve been right there in every game.”

Still, Rivers has extreme confidence that the team can beat the Browns and use the victory as a springboard for a successful run.

Quick Hits
The Bolts used sound machines to simulate crowd noise throughout practice today.
The entire 53-man roster took part in today’s practice, a rare sight for any team at this point in the season.
The Chargers announced that they will hold their Annual Food Drive next Thursday, Nov. 1 when they host the Kansas City Chiefs.

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