Now that the NFL offseason has slowed down a bit, we have all had a moment to exhale and regroup a bit. My thinking led me to realize that with all of the QB talk and shuffling, perhaps, I may be taking our QB for granted.
Philip Rivers is creeping up on L.T. as my favorite Charger of all-time. But, am I taking his ability and performance for granted? In 2010, Rivers led the league in passing yardage with 4,710 yards. Peyton Manning broke his own personal record that year for passing yards. He finished second to Rivers. Manning is pretty good. Although it was only by 10 yards, I believe that the entire league might be taking Rivers for granted. This offseason has been full of QB talk. Here I’ll mention some of the reasons why I am sooo glad that we have the best QB in all of football.
-Manning Watch: Are you kidding me? At least he didn’t end up in K.C. How does the whole Manning thing truly effect the teams that were in the Manning sweepstakes? There are lots of egos in the NFL especially at the QB position.
-TEBOWMANIA!!: Please. The whole Peyton deal made the Tebow talk blow up. Now he’s a Jet. Good. I, for one, am glad to see him land in NY. The pick up of Tebow creates even more dissention in an organization that specializes in breeding dissention.
- Brees being franchised: Who knew. With Bountygate obviously being an enormous hurdle for the Saints to overcome, why on god’s green earth would the Saints not find a way to sign Brees long-term? It’s beyond me. Mickey Loomis, Saints G.M., is really “dropping the ball” on this one, in my opinion.
-The battle to trade up for the St. Louis Rams # 2 pick: Who believes that the Redskins gave up too much for the #2 pick in the draft? I am not included in the yes group but I agree that whomever they get better be legit. I am not falling into the Luck, Griffin III debate. Not yet anyway. However, at this point they have made it obvious that they are taking the QB that isn’t drafted with the first pick. Do sounds of the name Bobby Beathard ring in thine ears?? Yeah, he had a penchant for trading away first round picks like the Fonz traded away women. Difference is the Fonz still scored every time.
- Cleveland being “stuck” with Colt after NOT gaining the 2nd pick: The “back and forth” that the Browns organization is putting out there about the QB situation in Cleveland should be a bit disturbing to McCoy. They inquire about Sam Bradford, they hope for Matt Flynn, they act as though they’re fine, they try to gain the #2 pick, they lose the #2 to the Skins, etc. What a mess!
-Jacksonville not trading for Tebow: I’m a little bit shocked by this non-move. Jacksonville happens to be Tebow’s former stomping grounds. Khan, the owner, better hope that Gabbert reverses last year’s performance. He looked absolutely terrible.
-Where would Matt Flynn end up?: Well, now we all know it’s Seattle. Miami messed up on this one in my opinion. Unless Joe Philbin knows something we don’t know. Flynn going to Seattle makes you wonder if the new head coach in Miami thought that the game against the Lions was just an aberration from reality. Pete Carroll is an interesting bird. He wanted in on the “Manning Watch” as well. Denied.
-Who will “overdraft” Ryan Tannehill?: Tannehill has his pro day tomorrow. He may very well perform well enough to persuade Holmgren to take his Favre out of his….well nevermind. I am going to release my mock draft soon and I believe that unless Ryan has a terrible pro day, that he will be drafted with the fourth overall pick come April 26th. Notice I left the door open for a draft day trade there? No telling if Cleveland will still have the 4th pick on the opening day of the draft.
-Alex Smith hating “Manning Watch”: Purely speculation but he had to have hated the fact that he helped take the 49ers to the NFC championship game and then he is possibly going to be replaced by Manning. Smith being drafted first while Aaron Rodgers chilled out until pick 25 is difficult to understand in hindsight. But, I was never sold on the QB out of Utah. He does have some decent weapons now that Moss and Manningham have been signed. Decent being the operative word.
-Miami: With the teaming of Stephen Ross as owner and Jeff Ireland as G.M.. Enough said , right? If that doesn’t scare you away, what will? They will most likely be praying that Tannehill drops to them at the #8 pick in the draft. I, personally, doubt that very much. Tannehill will be overdrafted to fill need as opposed to someone taking the BPA. Book it!
I could go on for days. Everyone is always looking for the BBD at the QB position. BBD is the bigger better deal.
Do you all remember the Mark Malone, Billy Joe Tolliver, Bob Gagliano, Erik Kramer, Mark Vlasic, John Friesz, Moses Moreno, Craig Whelihan, and Ryan Leaf days?? I do. Not sure we all do. As a youth, I believe that I might have had a distorted view on what a QB should be and how they should perform. Who can blame me? I tried to support the likes of those QBs even Leaf. I made excuse after excuse for those Qbs in an effort to support our team.
This isn’t just about Rivers being our fiery leader. This isn’t just about him playing through that torn ACL. This isn’t about him having a top 5 passer rating of all-time. It’s about all of those things and more.
Philip Rivers, on behalf of the Bolt Nation, I thank you. There is not another QB in the league that I would rather have as the leader our Chargers. Thank you Philip! You are appreciated and you are the best QB in the NFL. I highly doubt that it is just me that appreciates you. I even find it hard to believe that only I find you to be the best QB in the NFL.