Do you think the NFL intended for you to play against your former team with the chance to break the record?
“Jim Henderson brought that up during the press conference after the game. Honestly, that was the first time I had even thought about it, and right after he said it I walked out of the room and said, ‘There’s no doubt. That’s not a coincidence.’ The NFL are not dummies. They know what they’re doing.”
Would it be easier to enjoy if you guys were 4-0 right now?
“Yes, obviously if our record were a little bit better. It doesn’t change the significance of the record, but hopefully we can use it as a launch point, a platform for the rest of our season.”
Can you talk about Marques Colston? Do you think he’s back to one hundred percent?
“Yes, you could tell his foot was bothering him there in the first few games really and towards the end of camp. To have him start to become healthy again, I know for him, he’s such a tough guy and he doesn’t want to let anybody down so he’s going to battle through, but I know he was frustrated. And now that he’s back to one hundred percent, you can see it and you can feel his confidence level and obviously what he means to this offense.”
“You know what’s funny is I like Philip a lot as a person, as a quarterback, as a family guy, off the field, everything. It’s interesting because when he got drafted to the Chargers with the fourth pick of the 2004 Draft, really it was – hey, they’re drafting him to be the quarterback of the future to take my job. I think people wanted us to be at odds. They wanted us to be adversaries. They wanted this to be a contentious relationship, and it wasn’t. Listen, we were both competitive people. We both wanted to play, we both wanted to be the guy, but we had a good quarterback room during that time. Doug Flutie was with us and Cleo Lemon was the other quarterback. The point being is that we all helped one another, and yes it was competitive, but it wasn’t adversarial at all. Obviously, my departure coming here, we do stay in touch. I see him at least a couple of times during the offseason. I’ve been with him at the Pro Bowl the last two times. I’ve got a great relationship with Philip. We’ll even talk during the season at times, just similar opponents. We’ve done that before just kind of comparing notes. Despite what people might have tried to make it, it wasn’t that way.”
From a competitive standpoint, do you think Rivers is trying to match how you do on Sunday?
“You can’t just say it’s any other game. For me, going up against my old team and it’s not that there’s any hard feelings or ill-will, there’s not at all, but that’s the team I was with for five years. I think another thing is that you know you’re going up against another top-tier quarterback. Just like last week, you know that you’re going up against Aaron Rodgers and that offense. You know what they’re capable of, so you know that you just have to bring your absolute best, not to say you’re not trying to do that every week, but you’re competitive.”
Darren Sproles had a crucial drop on Sunday. Have you had any conversations with him since then and how did he look at practice today?
“He was great today. Darren Sproles is one of the quieter guys, but a fiery competitor. I know that play upset him. He came to me and said that’s not going to happen again. Even after practice, just for the sake of getting it out of our minds, we went out and ran the same play a couple of times in a row and completed it like we always do. It just says a lot about him and his mindset. He’s a go-to guy in all situations, especially critical situations. It doesn’t change my opinion about him one bit, but just to you know about the type of guy he is, he cares a lot and he wants to be that guy and he is that guy.”
A lot of guys on this team were on the 2007 team that started 0-4. Do you guys talk about that season and can you talk about what it was like going through that season?