Philip Rivers: “I’m the guy who threw the ball and therefore I’m responsible”

Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) drops back to pass before throwing a touchdown during the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Philip Rivers spoke with the site TD Daily to share his thoughts on the coming season and his struggles. He definitely doesn’t divert the attention to some of his recent struggles. He takes all the blame.

Here is a little excerpt from the article:

TD: So when you look at your recent struggles, do you view them more as a result of some unlucky bounces, or is there something that you feel you have to fix?

PR: No, I definitely have grinded this off-season, like I always do every off-season—you have to have a good off-season to have a great year—but also, there’s a story with every turnover. Ultimately, I know I’m the guy who threw the ball and therefore I’m responsible, but what I mean is that it’s not like I forgot how to throw a completion or that the team forgot how to get a first down or win a game or anything like that. It’s just that the margin of error in this league is so small, especially at my position. I don’t ask for any sympathy and because I’m the quarterback I’m responsible, especially for the mistakes I make. But I’m also excited because I know that I can play better and that I will play better.

This has to be a good year for Philip Rivers. He needs to step up and make some things happen on offense. There is nobody else to blame for struggles anymore. Norv and AJ are gone. Like he said, he is the quarterback, he is responsible. That will hold even more true this coming year.

Our fate rides on his shoulders. If he is able to make better decisions with the football and become that playmaker that we all know, then we will be competing for a spot in the playoffs and competing for that Super Bowl. Otherwise, we will be screwed.

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  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    It’s going to be different this year.

    • arnie

      A wise man once said,”…it takes a complete effort, of everyone being on the same page, in the entire organization to win a Championship…”
      Here’s to the right people, in the right places at the right time….

  • CHIEFFANINAZ

    Being a Kansas City fan have always thought he was a bit of a whiner, but after hearing this got to give him alot of credit for standing up and taking the blame for the the turnovers , living in Yuma we get all the Charger games and most of my friends are charger fans ( even my wife) good luck to you guys this year( but not that much)

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Can you tell the Raiders fans who troll here how to be objective, and classy? I have friends that are Chiefs fans, Broncos fans, and even some Raiders fans. We don’t wish each other well, and talk a ton of smack to each other.. But we don’t get low brow, and start making disgusting personal attacks. Kudos to you sir! Hope you have more to cheer for this year than last.. Just not against us.

    • Adam

      Some of my own friends that are broncos and chiefs fans are way less classy than you. Of course we give eachother a bunch of shit about eachothers teams but still, very impressive.

    • Alter Ego

      You married smart. That’s a start.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      nice. that was decent. respect

  • 619chargers4life

    He’going to be just fine

  • Joel

    I have watched every single chargers game the last 2 years, and rewatched most on the DVR. It is true there are about a dozen throws that just shouldn’t have been thrown… But then their where jump balls and balls bouncing off the fingers and chest of chargers receivers… I know rivers doesn’t blame his receivers to his credit, but conservatively 1/3 of his int were good throws that where just not caught by his targets or deflected. Then of course the fumbles… But if you watched how many times he was sacked vs fumbles it doesn’t look as bad. You could see the boneheaded throws coming, rivers was trying to make up for all the problems and would force it or get rattled by pass rush… Just like every other qb in the nfl gets rattled by defenses attacking him. So the point is I really don’t think rivers has declined but rather the offense in particular did

    • Adam

      Exactly. Plus having a ball and chain locked to your ankle, aka norv, doesn’t help his case. I’m so glad the days of run run, rivers bail us out are over.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Being sacked so many times = Phillip got a little shell shocked. It happens. He will be better, but others on the team have to step up and play better also.

      And when you think about it—Rivers went south when he started losing his main players — those that he counts on. That has to be problematic as he had already built a chemistry with these other players.

      • arnie

        You are correct. the only player he could count on was Gates. And as norv stated, “…they took gates away from us early…” So it was hard for Phillip to get going…”. This team became one dimensional, with no solutions. And he still passed for over 3500 yards an 26 TD.

    • arnie

      You will be a Jedi yet. strong you are to see “context”.
      There was plenty of blame to go around. Everybody did their part to “earn” a 7-9 record.

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