ESPN’s Ron Jaworski has been rating all the quarterbacks of the league and here is his insight on our quarterback Philip Rivers:
After studying Philip Rivers’ 2012 tape, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski described Rivers’ play as “deteriorating” and said he was “disappointed” watching the film.Jaws still loves the way Rivers “commands the offense” but was disappointed in his tendency to “force” things and attempt to become a “playmaker” when he’s in nature a disciplined “pocket quarterback.” Rivers’ decline has been swift and steady, and for the second straight offseason we’re skeptical he’s capable of bouncing back. Rivers has become overreactive when under duress, and there’s little question his arm strength has regressed. – Rotoworld
Well that wasn’t very nice. I can agree with some of this assessment though. Philip Rivers has forced the football in situations because he was trying to make something happen. The players around him were not able to help him do his job, so he had to try and make something happen.
His arm strength hasn’t looked the same, but that doesn’t concern me. Chad Pennington was a good quarterback with his rag arm and Philip has a much stronger arm than that. He just needs to get back to playing smarter. His teammates have to play at a better level also.
The new coaches and the new weapons on offense should definitely bring Philip back to a respectable level.