Sunday, September 18, 2011
Reaction from Chargers room
By Mike Rodak
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some assorted soundbites from the Chargers following their loss to the Patriots on Sunday afternoon:
QB Philip Rivers on losing to the Patriots: "Every game that you lose, for the most part, is very similar in the fact that you turn it over, don't convert down there when you get an opportunity or you miss a few throws. That's how you lose every game and the ones you win, you make a few more plays than the other guys, and obviously, they have something to do with it. They're a good team and this a though place to play. Obviously, we haven't won here in a while - not since '05. So you hope you get the opportunity to play them again at some point."
RB Jordan Todman (Dartmouth, Mass.; University of Connecticut) on returning home: "Ah man it was great. I got like 30 tickets for my family and friends, and it was cool to see them. Now, living in San Diego, California, it's a long way from home. I didn't come here for vacation, man. I came here to play football, and to get a win. It was cool to see my family but we are still leaving without a win."
Head coach Norv Turner on how Patriots defense defended TE Antonio Gates: "We would like to throw the ball to him every down we could. They did a great job on him and actually, in the game, we put Gates at Vincent Jackson's position and Vincent at Gates' position. And that's why he got open because they continued to double Gates and Vincent got single coverage. That's why he kept getting the ball open in the middle."
Turner on the Patriots' no-huddle offense: "Obviously coming into the game, they are one of the top offenses in the league, one of the top 3 or 4 offenses in the league. I don't believe the no huddle was the issue. I think they got a couple plays out of it, I think they got a couple negative plays out of the no huddle. When you line up to play a lot of guys that can make plays, they obviously have a great quarterback and you know, you have to take advantage of the times, the opportunities that we had."
Gates on whether Patriots consciously took him out of game: "Oh definitely. They would put a corner and a safety on me, or two safeties ... they did a lot of different things to take me out of the game. I kept working at it, kept trying. The end result was I couldn't get the ball to to come my way. When you come into a hostile environment like the Patriots, it's hard to start off in the hole. They had a tremendous game plan and they executed well. They gave us different looks, a combination of things, making it difficult for me to release off the ball, with the defense end, linebacker, and safety dropping down to help once I released."