Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Aug 2013

Fixing the QBs: Philip Rivers

Doug Farrar has been kicking butt at SI's new Audibles blog, in case you hadn't noticed. Here he is on how to fix what ailed San Diego's quarterback last season.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 30 Aug 2013

5 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2013, 3:42pm by rocketman

Comments

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by theslothook :: Fri, 08/30/2013 - 3:06pm

One quibble - I'm not sure how good antonio gates' is anymore. I think a lack of receivers could be a serious issue.

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by sundown (not verified) :: Fri, 08/30/2013 - 4:10pm

Nice article. More short drops should help Rivers, no doubt. But their problems look to go well beyond that. There are some key differences between McCoy working with Tebow and Whisenhunt working with Warner. Tebow succeeded because the Broncos threw out the entire offense and became the #1 running team in the NFL--that's not the plan in San Diego. And Warner had Fitzgerald, while the Chargers are seriously short on receivers... plus their line is still bad. They were at the point where Gates should have become more of a complimentary player already a couple years ago, yet he's still going to be their main man simply because there's nobody else. When you're starting Eddie Royal, the pickings are very slim indeed.

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by BJR :: Sun, 09/01/2013 - 3:18pm

How is Eddie Royal still in with a chance of starting in the NFL? Hasn't he been utter garbage for at least 3 straight seasons now?

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by Other Dean (not verified) :: Tue, 09/03/2013 - 1:12pm

Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen both have a lot of potential but yes, the receivers as a whole are mediocre at best and I can't see the offensive line being any better. Unfortunately 6-10 seems likely (and I'm a Charger fan).

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by rocketman :: Thu, 09/05/2013 - 3:42pm

Remember when Rivers was hurt a couple of years ago during the season and continued to play through the injury? If memory serves me I believe it was to his sternum. I know his OL has regressed since then, Vincent Jackson held out, etc. but since he was hurt he's never played the same. His throwing motion has always reminded me of Bernie Kosar's. Remember how quickly Kosar lost his skills once age and the general wear and tear of the NFL took it's inevitable toll?