Philip Rivers on Chargers: “Important to be critical of ourselves, but not overreact.”

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In the span of one week some Chargers’ supporters have gone from Super Bowl aspirations to predicting this team’s demise. While Friday wasn’t encouraging, it also was only the second preseason game. The Chargers signal caller addressed the media Monday after a weekend to think about last week’s game.

“It’s important to be critical of ourselves, and to review what happened, but not overreact…you [have] to stay pretty even keel, especially during the preseason. I’ve seen a lot of teams light it up in the preseason and (play) not so well in the regular season.”

I think No. 17 brings up a lot of good points here. We have to remember that the best player in a San Diego uniform (Rivers) only was on the field for nine plays on Friday night. And after the Seahawks had a lackluster preseason opener against Denver, the defending champs were out to prove something to themselves. The ‘Hawks starters played about as much as you would expect for a team in their third preseason game. With the regular season rematch between these teams less than a month away, Mike McCoy clearly didn’t want to give away too much last week.

It’s fair to raise questions about the defense with a second straight uninspiring performance against the run. However, with Jason Verrett and Dwight Freeney still waiting on the sidelines, along with new pieces like Brandon Flowers and Jerry Attaochu trying to get accustomed to the defensive scheme, we won’t be able to get a feel for this defense until the regular season begins.

If you’re looking to be critical, wait and see how this team performs against San Francisco. With the starters expected to play most of the first half, and the rematch between the two teams not scheduled until late in the regular season, we will get a better feel for San Diego this coming Sunday. And I highly doubt the intensity level won’t be much improved following a week of adjustments.