Houston (CBS Houston) – Editor’s Note: Each week the Texans’ opponent will hold a conference call with the Houston media. Here are the notes from that call.
This week Chargers head coach Mike McCoy and quarterback Philip Rivers were made available. Here’s what they had to say:
>>>Philip Rivers and Matt Schaub have been familiar with each other long before their days in the NFL. They went head to head twice while Rivers was at North Carolina State.
“We had some good battles. I went up there to Virginia and I think they beat us 17 to 7 our junior year and we were able to win at home our senior year in a close game, down to the wire. It was a lot of back-and-forth, a lot of points scored in that game. Matt’s a class guy. He’s had a heck of a career and he’s a guy I’ve always pulled for.” said Rivers
>>>Mike McCoy will make his debut as head coach of the Chargers on Monday night. McCoy received some friendly advice from Gary Kubiak about being a first time coach.
“He said just remember ‘it will get done’, there will be so many things that get thrown at you that you always have to remember ‘hey you’ll get it done’.” said McCoy when recalling his conversation with Kubiak.
>>>With three new starters on the offensive line the Charger’s main priority on offense will be stopping JJ Watt.
“The great players in this league they find ways to make plays, it’s a matter of neutralizing those and doing the best you can.” said McCoy
Philip Rivers is hoping his revamped line will pay dividends against Watt.
“I think that they’ve come together quickly. A lot of people always ask about receiver-quarterback timing, and the continuity, I think it’s maybe even more of a big deal for those five lineman working together.” said Rivers.
>>>Rookie linebacker Manti Te’o hasn’t been ruled out for Monday’s game.
“He’s getting better everyday and we’re taking it one day at a time with him and he’s done a great job of following the plan.” said McCoy
>>>Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Wisenhunt plans on using an uptempo offense this year.
“(Rivers) loves it. He’s done a great job with everything we’ve done. He loves the system that (offensive coordinator) Ken Whisenhunt and the staff have installed here.” said McCoy.
>>> Antonio Gates will be a big factor on Monday, especially considering he’s fully healthy for the first time in years.
“All last year, he comes off the practice field and he’s having them monitor his foot and things over the past few years and now he’s like he was when he was really rolling. He’s healthy.” said Rivers.
>>>There’s no definitive word on whether or not Ed Reed will play on Monday but Rivers wouldn’t mind seeing him sit this one out.
“He’s certainly a guy that you make sure you take an extra peek at before you let it go. You don’t necessarily prepare differently, but you have him on the radar to know if he’s playing or not.” said Rivers.
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