SD seeks more than Lindley's old playbook

SAN DIEGO -- Asked if he sought quarterback Ryan Lindley's knowledge of the Arizona Cardinals' playbook upon his arrival, San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy put it bluntly to reporters after practice on Monday.

"We're looking for him to help us win football games through the entire year -- not just this week," McCoy said.

So you didn't have a conversation about Arizona's audible system coach?

"We're trying to win this football game," McCoy said. "We're trying to do whatever we can. We didn't make the move to sign Ryan because we're playing Arizona this week, and you can highlight that, bold it, underline it -- whatever you want."

A sixth-round selection by the Cardinals in the 2012 draft, Lindley, 25, started four games for Arizona. Along with his potential as a developmental prospect, McCoy said one of the reasons San Diego pursued Lindley was his relationship with Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who served as Arizona's receivers coach in 2012.

Lindley said he's been asked a few questions by the coaching staff about his former team.

"I've talked to these guys a little bit about it," Lindley told The Mighty 1090 AM radio. "I'm sure as much as we game plan they will probably ask me a few things from playing with them for two years, and we'll go from there. But at the same time, it's about guys executing on Monday, and we'll do that."

A San Diego native, Lindley says he's excited to return home and learn from one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL in Philip Rivers.

"I've watched him since I was in high school, and you can see why he has the success he has on the field," Lindley said. "The amount of work he puts in, just from being in there this morning with him, I'm looking forward to sitting in there and racking his brain and see what's going on."