May 29, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) at organized team activities at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
For those of you that have been around longer than 6 months, you probably remember that Steve Adler and I used to do a Saturday morning show on XTRA Sports 1360AM. As football season wound down, Judson took Steve's chair and Steve slid over into mine and the pair has become the best afternoon drive-time sports radio show in San Diego.
Yesterday, Steve played to my ego (which he often does) and told me that Philip Rivers was coming on the show. He asked me if I had any questions for him. I immediately shot over a few and was excited to listen to the interview today, so I took notes. You can tell the interview is great, because Steve didn't ask any of the questions that I suggested.
- Philip likes the feel of these walkthroughs/practices. He thinks the group of guys that have will work well together.
- The Philip Rivers 5K Fun Run went well, with over 7,000 total participants. Philip had fun.
- Rivers likes that there are so many new guys on offense because it gives him a chance to teach , which forces him to go back and learn the offense from square one with them.
- "You have to keep an eye on Eric Weddle in practice. He's active. He led the league in picks last year. He's a Pro Bowl Safety for a reason. He's put himself in that elite category."
- On the offseason retirements of LaDainian Tomlinson and Kris Dielman: "It reminds you that this thing doesn't last forever. It reminds you to work at it every day and enjoy the heck out of it."
- The biggest difference, with a crop of new receivers, is that they don't know what Philip is going to do in certain situations and vice versa.
- Philip's goal is to have less than 10 interceptions ("Stay in single digits") each season. In six seasons as a starter, he's accomplished that twice. The team is 27-5 combined in those two seasons. Good goal.
- After being asked by Steve about being ranked 61st overall on NFL's list of the top 100 players, Rivers says, "They say this was voted on by players, but I didn't get a vote!" That was awesome.
- "The AFC West has become a division where, whoever does survive will be a heck of a team heading into January."