The Chargers quarterback covets wins more than numbers or awards, but those are likely to come if San Diego can play well after the bye.
“I know Vincent has been through a lot and he wanted a deal and didn’t get it,” Antonio Gates said. “But the bottom line is he wants to be a champion. To be around this energy, you can sense the urge of ‘I’m ready to get back on the field.’ I don’t think the contract is going on (in Jackson’s mind), the business side. You get back around it, it’s just natural, you’re ready to get going, ready to play.”
This is the final week of the season in which teams have byes, and the Chargers are one of four that do. Finally. Maybe it was all the losing in such spectacular fashion, but it seemed like it took six months to get here. And the Chargers are pretty upfront about what they want from this time off.
The Chargers normally split practice periods devoted to special teams evenly between aspects of the kicking game.
That wasn’t the case on Tuesday, when every period was spent on punts.
Rivers, 28, leads the league in yards (2,944), touchdowns (19) and is the top-rated triggerman for quarterbacks with more than 125 passing attempts (102.9). He is on pace to shatter Dan Marino’s single-season NFL mark for passing yardage (5,084), established in 1984.
The Chargers have had some big issues through nine games and are fortunate to be just one-and-a-half games out of first place in the AFC West. If the Chargers can fix, or at least improve on, these issues they should once again have an impressive final two months of the season and head to a fifth straight playoff appearance. Failure to do so could result in more bye weeks like during the entire post season.