May 13, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers speaks at a press conference at organized team activities at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Philip Rivers: "Sometimes you're your own worst enemy, and you've just got to trust and go play"

The terrible offensive line for the San Diego Chargers definitely took it’s toll on Philip Rivers over the years.

“Sometimes, you rush things when you didn’t have to,” Rivers said. “You look, and go, ‘Man, I had more time than I thought.’ Sometimes you’re your own worst enemy, and you’ve just got to trust and go play. I think, for the most part, I’ve done that. This year, start fresh. Start fresh. … – UT San Diego

Getting hit over and over and over again will definitely mess with your head. Philip developed happy feet and tried to get the ball out quicker. He didn’t trust the offensive line… AND WHO WOULD?

Tyronne Greene? Mike Harris? That is a sketchy pair that he had to trust on the left side of the line.

This year things will be different, but the guys on the left side still will have to prove themselves. Max Starks is the veteran of the group at left tackle. He is battling it out with King Dunlap for that starting job. Chad Rinehart is the leading candidate to take the starting left guard job and there isn’t much competition for him at this time in camp.

Hopefully the guys up front can give Philip something to be confident about. That is the biggest key.

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  • Pels04

    You nailed it Ernie. This is exactly why im not worried about him and his decision making at all. He has made poor decisions but you have to look at why he made them. So called “experts” and some fans say “ya his OL is bad but his decision making has gotten worse”. Well no kidding it has, his OL has been garbage and hes getting antsy in the pocked and doesnt want to get destroyed every time he steps back. I dont care who the qb is, if they get smacked every time they drop back, it will make them force throws even when there isnt pressure. Hes always been a gambler but he rarely ever made terrible throws until the OL was dismantled. Hes a smart guy and he knows that. This is his classy way of saying he didnt really trust his OL and im gald he finally spoke up about it.

  • Alter Ego

    Use the force Phillip…the entire Bolt nation is depending on you.

  • arnie

    ZING! is the sound of the ball when it left Rivers hand. i didn’t see happy feet, he took his 5 step drop, from under center, yes “5″, and ZING the ball went to DX for could have been a TD. He looked like a guy that just trusted the guys around him to do their jobs. PR saw the rush coming, changed the protection, checked it down to Gronk for a first down. he made it look easy.
    As for King Dunlap, don’t be so quick to hand Starks the starting job Or RInehart, the D got past Chad a few times. Thanks to Freeney pulling an inside stunt.
    Also, Harris was practicing on the RIGHT side with the 2′s. much better at RT.

    • Peter Thompson

      Nice! Keep it coming!

    • Stefanie Smith

      arnie: So Rivers looked good? Hope so.

      • arnie


  • Bill Nichols

    Expecting big things from Philip this year, and for the rest of his career. This new system is going to suit him just fine, and hopefully open up the long game as a result. We all know Rivers loves to air it out, and has mad skills to do so. It’s going to be great, watching him pass the other QB’s from his draft class, good things come to those who wait. Those other hacks (Ben, the womanizer, and little Manning), have seen all the Super Bowls they’re gonna see. It’s Phil’s turn baby!!