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Rivers Sees Bright Side to Struggling Chargers

Team off to worst start since 2003



    Rivers Sees Bright Side to Struggling Chargers
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    Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers stands on the sidelines during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2010 in Oakland, California.

    Chargersquarterback Philip Rivers can rattle off numbers like some mad mathematician on a midnight caffeine craze.

    The team is 2-4 now, he says. But it's been 4-8 and finished 8-8. It made the playoffs. It's been 2-3 and made it to 5-5 and then 11-5. It made the playoffs.

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    Like play calls from inside a huddle, the numbers he recalls give his teammates direction.

    “I hear things,” Rivers said. “I try to be aware of everything and how it can affect us and what maybe I can use or we can use to help us understand how long it's been. ...They don't call the season off just because you're 2-4. We got to keep fighting and battling because we've been here before and we've gotten out of it before.”

    There is a fine line Rivers is drawing.

    His team should not be panicking. The silver lining to Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Rams was that every other team in the AFC West lost. While not capitalizing on the chance to make up some ground on the first-place Chiefs (3-2), the team didn't lose any ground, either.

    But the Chargers can't feel relaxed. They can't be pacified.

    “Last time we were 2-4 — I say 'we,' but it was the year (2003) before I got here — we turned it into 4-12,” Rivers said. “At the same time, we have to understand that this thing can get away from us, and I and we are going to fight like crazy not to let that happen.”

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