Rivers: Chargers not far off

Philip Rivers took some time out of Pro Bowl preparations to sit down with NFL Network’s Fran Charles and Marshall Faulk to talk about what the Chargers need to do next season to be a better team.

“First and foremost, we have to take care of the ball,” Rivers said. “I think that’s one thing we’ve been able to do in years past. This year, I didn’t do a good job of it. We didn’t do a good job of taking care of it, and we didn’t get big takeaways.”

Rivers said the key for the Chargers to win a few more games — they went 8-8 this season — is in execution.

“A lot of times, you look at 8-8 or 9-7 and you get too caught up in what’s wrong instead of, ‘Let’s just play a little better and fine-tune some things,’ ” he said. “Because the difference in an 8-8 or a 9-7 team to that 11-5, 12-4 team is not a whole lot.”

Rivers pointed to the Giants as a team that came together late in the season to make a Super Bowl run.

“They were 7-7 and almost out, and now they’re playing for a championship,” Rivers said.

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