Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Family time a priority during bye week
By Eric D. Williams
SAN DIEGO -- The bye week for the San Diego Chargers will be about resting sore bodies and spending time with family.
Quarterback Philip Rivers said his wife, Tiffany, still has not given birth to the couple’s seventh child, now almost a week past the Oct. 17 due date.
“Still no news -- still waiting,” Rivers said. “He or she will come when she’s ready, I guess.”
Unlike the first six, Rivers said the couple did not find out the sex of the child.
“It’s the first time, so it’s kind of exciting,” Rivers said.
San Diego coach Mike McCoy put his players through a light half-hour, walk-through practice this morning.
Rivers said McCoy’s message to the players afterwards was simple: stay out of trouble.
“I think Mike hit on it well,” Rivers said. “And the guys know. We see it every week -- something happens, there’s an incident or someone getting in trouble. So I think guys know how much that means, and it should mean that much to them and their own families, and obviously, it affects everyone in this organization.
“Guys will be smart, and it will be good. It will be good for them to get away for a little bit and take a break.”
Rookie offensive lineman D.J. Fluker said he plans on traveling back home to Mobile, Ala., to see his family, including 2-year-old son, D.J. Fluker Jr.
“He’s about as big as a 5-year-old,” Fluker said, smiling. “It will be good to see him and the rest of my family.”
Rookie linebacker Manti Te’o said he plans on flying to Utah to spend time with his grandmother.
“This is a much-needed bye week, just to rest, relax, get the necessary treatments and just to refresh your mind,” Te’o said. “So we’re going to take full advantage of the bye week.”
“I’m just going to go home and relax a little bit, stay in shape and get the body right,” said San Diego defensive lineman Kendall Reyes, who plans on traveling to New Hampshire. “It’s all about getting healthy.”
McCoy said he’ll get some work done this week, including a self-evaluation of his team and begin to game-plan for Washington. The focus on offense will be improving red-zone execution. And on defense, McCoy said the team needs to do a better job of tackling.
But McCoy said he’ll also spend some time with his family.
“If the kids want to sit around and watch some games, we’ll watch some games,” McCoy said. “They’re going to run the show this weekend.”