The San Diego Chargers have missed the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. Head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J Smith were both fired after last season and replaced by Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco in hopes of returning the Chargers to the postseason.
One member of the Chargers that remains with the team and is a pivotal piece to their playoff hopes in 2013 is quarterback Philip Rivers.
Rivers’ production has slipped over the past two seasons. He’s thrown 35 interceptions over the past two years and 2012 was his first seasons since 2007 where Rivers failed to throw for 4,000 yards. Despite the amount of turnover in the Chargers’ organization, Rivers still has high hopes for San Diego this season.
“Our expectations are high, they always are high,” Rivers said in an interview on NFL Network’s Total Access. “I think all 32 teams have the goal of winning a championship, that goes without saying. We have to get back to winning the AFC West, a thing we have let get away from us the last three years. We won about four in a row there. You have to give yourself a chance to get in the postseason.”
Rivers expressed excitement over the changes in the Chargers’ offense under McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
“I think we can keep people off-balance and ultimately we have to go score points, score one more point than the other team. We haven’t done that enough. We have been doing it at a .500 rate the last three seasons and we know that is not going to cut it,” Rivers said.
Regardless, Rivers knows how close the Chargers came to making the Super Bowl on several occasions and knows that he won’t have an unlimited amount of chances to get there. What’s he’s seen during the offseason has him believing the Chargers outlook will be more favorable for 2013.
“We have had a heck of an offseason, a heck of a spring and I know that expectations are high,” Rivers said. “…When you start to talk about double-digit seasons you realize it not going to last forever. So enjoy the heck out of it, obviously fight like crazy to win every week like we always do, and I look forward to having a good year.”