Not surprisingly, that player is San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. He is ranked ninth. I ranked Rivers sixth. Rivers was ranked on three of the eight ballots. NFC West blogger Mike Sando had Rivers ranked fifth, while AFC East blogger Tim Graham ranked him sixth as well. So, Rivers was either highly thought of or shunned.
WAYNE — Luis Castillo and his teammates have trained together on four college fields, five high school fields and at about 15 fitness facilities in the San Diego area since the NFL lockout began nearly four months ago.
Best trash talker: One of the NFL’s greatest talkers is San Diego linebacker Shaun Phillips. In league circles, Phillips is known for being an underrated pass-rusher. But he can also talk plenty of mess. I know several players who can’t stand Phillips’ mouth. He has gotten under the skin of many offensive players. He is consistently in offensive linemen’s ears, and he had a famous on-field tiff with former Denver quarterback Jay Cutler. Then there was a classic pre-game trash-talk fest with former Denver coach Josh McDaniels. Phillips knows how to press buttons.