Oct 10, 2010; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass during the game against the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 35-27. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Regardless of what some may think of San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, it’s pretty clear of what he thinks of his former teammates New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and running back Darren Sproles.
In a press conference with the media, Rivers stated that he has nothing but respect for Brees and even says that they speak on a frequent basis. Speaking about Brees on their time together when Rivers was actually the backup quarterback, he said:
"“I pulled for him and I tried to help him as much as I could those first two years and I’d like to think I helped him in some ways, whether it was preparation or something on tape and certainly he was helpful to me those two years and then as we’ve gone our separate ways.”"
Both players lives changed when Brees severely injured his shoulder in 2005 and Rivers took over as the starting quarterback when it was apparent that the Chargers weren’t serious about retaining Brees who later signed with the Saints.
Likewise, Rivers told WWLTV.com that Sproles, who left the Chargers last season to sign with Saints, is going to “bounce back huge” after a failed third down conversion against the Green Bay Packers where Sproles dropped an easy pass that would have extended a possible winning drive.
Rivers said about Sproles:
"“One thing about Darren is he cares as much or more than anybody in that locker room. He’s so dependable. Anytime he was to have a negative play when he was here, which is very rare and I’m sure it has been there, he’s the kind of guy that’s on to the next play. As strong as tough as he is physically, he is the same way mentally.”"
When the subject of the Saints 0-4 season came up during the presser, Rivers mentioned that if anyone can help be an instrument to turn the season around, it would be Brees.