Who is the Best Chargers Player? Gates or Rivers?


The NFL Network has been running their top 100 players of the NFL of 2011 and they are now to the players ranked between 30 and 20. We find both San Diego Chargers players Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates on the list with Rivers ranking in at 26 and Antonio Gates as number 22.

For the 2011 season, they definitely have this ranking wrong! Antonio Gates was only able to survive for 10 games on the season. He was about to have his best season EVER, but he was not able to finish the season out. He is one of the best players in the league, but should not be considered better than Philip last year.

As long as Philip Rivers is on the team, our “window of opportunity” to win a championship will always be open. He was able to put up great numbers with receivers like Seyi Ajirotutu and Patrick Crayton in the starting lineup. This is nothing against those receivers, but they are not exactly the cream of the crop for that position.

Rivers is the face of the franchise and should be considered the best player on the team. He runs the ship and makes all the throws. The upcoming season with Vincent Jackson back for a whole season and a healthy Antonio Gates will make Philip Rivers even better.

Either way, having both players on the team make our offense a powerhouse. What are your thoughts? Who should be ranked higher? Rivers or Gate?

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  • http://twitter.com/kencaminiti21 Phil

    How was Rivers only the 26th best player in the NFL last year? He was in the MVP discussion for 3/4ths of the year.

    It’s equally ridiculous to say Gates was better than Rivers last year. The guy only lasted 10 games.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      For the 2011 season it made no sense! but an argument can be made for both sides for their careers

  • bill king

    If Gates continued on the track he was on in the beginning of 2010 then it might be a discussion. But since injury claimed 6 of 16 games its not even close. Both are great players, and I for one think that tandem is 1 if the best in the entire NFL. I just can’t wait to see them in pads playing catch at the Q this season.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      i hope that Gates can be healthy for the whole season! If he is, they are going to be a dangerous combination! Then you can add Vincent Jackson to the mix and we have a DANGEROUS flying attack!

  • jimibd99

    If tight ends were protected like QBs then Gates would probably have finished is “best” season ever, on the field instead of on IR.