Philip Rivers | QB | San Diego Chargers
Posted: 10/7/2013 2:29pm et
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers topped 400 yards passing for the third time in five games this season in Week 5 against the Oakland Raiders. He completed more than 73 percent of his throws for the fourth straight week despite throwing three interceptions.
Huddle Up: From a fantasy perspective, this was a real nice game. From a real-world view, three interceptions and a loss aren't so hot. Rivers does have a favorable schedule, so the big games should continue.
Posted: 9/10/2013 2:01am et
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 14-of-29 passes for 195 yards, 4 TDs and an interception Monday, Sept. 9 in the team's 31-28 season-opening loss to the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Rivers got off to a hot start, connecting with WRs Eddie Royal (twice), Vincent Brown and RB Ryan Mathews for scores in guiding the Bolts to a 28-7 third-quarter lead before the Texans stormed back with 24 unanswered points for the win. Houston's final TD was a pick-six by LB Brian Cushing -- a play all-too reminiscent of the QB's turnover struggles last year. Still, despite the real-life loss, it was a solid fantasy start for Rivers, who hadn't thrown 4 TD passes in a game since the middle of the 2011 season.
Posted: 8/29/2013 2:27pm et
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers does not believe his mechanics need to be corrected and admitted to being irritated by all of the criticism surrounding the notion. 'The thing that's gotten to me this offseason is, 'Who's going to fix Philip?'' Rivers said. 'That phrase, I almost laugh it off. That drives me nuts, really. There's no question I'm responsible for some of the plays and some of the games we haven't won. I'm not going to shy away from that. But we can go sit in there and watch a lot of tape from last year, and I'll ask you, 'What do you want to fix?' It's just about eliminating some of the bad plays.'
Huddle Up: No one was talking about Rivers' mechanics when he was throwing for 4,710 yards and 30 TDs as a top-five fantasy QB only two seasons ago. Since then though, he's lost the likes of Vincent Jackson and Darren Sproles and his offensive line has crumbled, giving up 79 sacks over the past 2 seasons.
Posted: 8/8/2013 8:46pm et
The San Diego Chargers and head coach Mike McCoy are speeding up the playcalling this season, and the calls will go straight from a coach to QB Philip Rivers, without a middleman. 'It gets in quicker,' McCoy said. 'It gives Philip more time.' As a result, theoretically, the team will be less prone to delay of game penalties and rushed snaps. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will be the main play caller.
Huddle Up: Whatever the speed of the play-calling system, Rivers needs to take better care of the ball as he has committed a whopping 47 turnovers (35 interceptions and 12 fumbles) over the past 2 seasons.
Posted: 7/27/2013 1:23am et
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is working in a new offense under new head coach Mike McCoy, and he has been throwing more underneath passes than he can remember. Rivers said the balance will be beneficial, and it should allow for more third-and-manageable situations.
Huddle Up: It will be a change from the deep-ball mentality the Chargers had under Norv Turner, but that method wasn't working particularly well last season so perhaps the change will do Rivers good.
Posted: 5/16/2013 11:35pm et
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said the team will ask QB Philip Rivers to play a huge role in reducing the learning curve for the rest of the bodies on offense this year. 'We're going to throw as much of the offense as Philip can handle,' McCoy said. 'When he tells us to slow down, we'll slow down.' Rivers said the practices with new head coach McCoy have been designed for more intermediate passes than in recent years.
Huddle Up: McCoy, a first-time head coach, is right to lean on Rivers with all the new faces on the roster. Meanwhile, though, Rivers will be leaning on his offensive line -- and first-round pick D.J. Fluker in particular -- after he was sacked 49 times in 2012, second only to the Aaron Rodgers (51).
Posted: 4/4/2013 4:46pm et
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers could be in his final season with the team after two sub-par seasons and a new coaching staff in town.
Huddle Up: Just a thought: Maybe the Bolts ought to think about shoring up their pass protection before they go looking for another QB. Rivers' passing-yards totals and TDs have declined in each of the past 3 seasons, but over that span he's been sacked 117 times -- second most in the league behind Aaron Rodgers (118).
Posted: 2/20/2013 3:27pm et
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has seen his play slip over the last two season, particularly in terms of ball security; however, new head coach Mike McCoy is confident he can get the best out of Rivers in 2013. "I think Philip's gonna do a great job with us," McCoy said. "We're very fortunate to have him here. A very talented player and a great guy to have as the face of your franchise."
Huddle Up: McCoy is fresh off of working with Peyton Manning, but more importantly he was able to wring productivity out of both Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton so you have to like his chances with Rivers.
Posted: 1/16/2013 11:19am et
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers said during a radio interview Tuesday, Jan. 15, head coach Mike McCoy was the man he was hoping the team would hire all along. "Of the potential candidates, I can honestly say this is the guy I was hoping for. I feel great about it," Rivers said. "We have direction now. We'll all go again. I think Chargers fans should be excited." McCoy said he is looking forward to working with Rivers, calling him a "great guy to have a face of your franchise." McCoy could not explain why Rivers' production has declined in the last two seasons; however, he promised he would ask the quarterback "some tough questions."
Huddle Up: Norv Turner wasn't necessarily the problem with Rivers, but a fresh perspective might be just what Philip needs to get back on track. A couple receivers and a better offensive line wouldn't hurt, either.