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New Chargers coach Mike McCoy thinks QB Rivers will 'have a great season'

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    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) gives instructions to receivers during NFL football minicamp Thursday April 18, 2013 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) (The Associated Press)

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    San Diego Chargers quarterback Charlie Whitehurst hands off during NFL football minicamp Thursday, April 18, 2013 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) (The Associated Press)

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    San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, left, talks with quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during NFL football minicamp Thursday, April 18, 2013 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) (The Associated Press)

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    San Diego Chargers receiver Danario Alexander reaches for a throw during drills at the teams' voluntary minicamp practice Thursday, April 18, 2013 in San Diego. (AP photo/Lenny Ignelzi) (The Associated Press)

Mike McCoy came away with a few observations following the San Diego Chargers' voluntary minicamp.

First, it's different being the head coach and having to pay attention to all three phases instead of just one. McCoy was hired away from the division rival Denver Broncos after Norv Turner was fired following a third straight season out of the playoffs.

Second, he's impressed enough with quarterback Philip Rivers to say that "he's going to have a great season."

McCoy says Rivers is prepared every day and is asking questions about the Chargers' new scheme.

How Rivers does this season will depend a lot on the players the Chargers put in front of him via next week's draft. He was under siege most of last season behind a shaky line.