WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS
"I THINK THAT Philip Rivers is only getting better. As long as the guys who have been assembled around him—the wide receivers and Antonio Gates, and Darren Sproles coming out of the backfield—stay there, he's going to have good numbers.
With all of the tall receivers this team has, the Chargers look like the Lakers warming up. Vincent Jackson is a beast. He's big and physical, has strong hands and is deceptively fast. He's gotten to the point where he forces defensive coaches to make game plans to stop him.... Malcom Floyd is not at the point Jackson is, but he's also a big, tall and fast guy who is another matchup problem.... Legedu Naanee plays mostly in three- and four-receiver sets, which they don't use much because they have Gates. Naanee may be useful if Jackson has to serve a suspension to start the season, but I don't see Legedu doing much once Jackson returns.
When they split Gates out and match him against a little corner, it's not fair. His numbers will continue to be strong.
I don't care what rookie Ryan Mathews can do. I'd be reluctant taking him in a fantasy league because it's going to be hard to find running holes in that offensive line. These linemen are more geared to pass-block, not to run-block. If the Chargers think they'll be able to run the ball just because of this kid, they're wrong. Fresno State is not the NFL.... They had to get Mathews because Sproles can't be a lead back and carry it 25, 30 times a game. He'd be dead. But he can catch the ball, and once he hits a crease he's gone. The Chargers love throwing screens to him in the red zone."
ONE TO GET, ONE TO FORGET
Vincent Jackson might be suspended, opening the door for Floyd, whose production has slowly improved over the last two years.