Jul 25, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) turns to hand the ball off during training camp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Philip Rivers: "It’s a new year, new thinking"


Philip Rivers is getting comfortable in the pocket again. He is gaining more and more confidence in the guys up front. Players like D.J. Fluker, Chad Rinehart, King Dunlap, Nick Hardwick and even Jeromey Clary are giving him a little more time to sit back and evaluate the field.

“It’s a new year, new thinking,” Rivers said. “You have to get back to that feeling of I’m putting my back foot in the ground and I’m going to step up. For one, it helps the tackles, and two, you can’t go down the road of thinking people are there when they’re not. When you have things go the way they did, sometimes you do that.” – UT San Diego

The last couple of seasons he hasn’t had much of a left tackle or left guard. After the injuries to Marcus McNeill and Kris Dielman, Philip has had trouble finding trust in his offensive line. For a brief moment, he felt some comfort with Jared Gaither blocking his backside and he put up some good numbers. Then Gaither started doing Gaither things. If this new line can give him some comfort, then we should be sitting pretty.

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  • Gunnar Martin

    If the King does well enough this year, do you guys think we should still go out and draft our future left tackle or just keep him there? We do have many other holes on the roster too, but next year’s draft is LOADED with first round tackles.

    • FitzWilly

      Like my Pappy used to say
      You never say no to a first round tackle :)

      • Gunnar Martin

        Unless you don’t need him… haha just sayin :)

    • Antwonn Jenkins

      I would certainly go with a stud future Left Tackle. Blindside protection is so essential with the speed and level of the outside defensive pressure in the NFL.

    • Cgoodness13

      If he does good then yes, we have a 2 or 3 year contract with him so maybe get one in the 2nd for depth. Rinehart is on a 1 year though so we might have to either resign him or draft a guard 1st round to replace him. If we can resign him though maybe we draft a NT or SS in the first?

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

        Strong Safety or Nose Tackle please. Unless Cam, Geathers, and Taylor all beast out.

        • arnie

          I thought that was Cam that flushed wilson out of the pocket?

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

            He had some good plays, fo sho. All I’m saying is that his contract expires next year, and if he has a below average year, I would definitely like to kick the tires on a new DT. Hopefully Taylor plays well too (which I would love) so we can finally lock up that SS position. If not, then I would want to look at our options in next year’s draft for SS, as well.

      • arnie

        More likely if they lose Chad, or just move on his replacement could come from within.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Eagles drafting Lane Johnson has made a noticeably huge difference for them. Granted, we will see in the regular season, but it looks good so far.

    • 619chargers4life

      I know of two for sure first rounders , please enlighten me on the other ones

      • Gunnar Martin

        Well there’s probably the two you already know in Matthews and Lewan. They’re probably going to be drafted the highest. Then there’s Kouandjio from Bama, then Richardson from Tennessee. Pretty sure there’s also some kid from Stanford, but I’m not sure. There’s this James Hurst guy from NC that could go in the first round too. I think those are all of the first round prospects, but there are more quality tackles entering the draft that will be picked in later rounds.

        • 619chargers4life

          Well then OT it is. As long as there is quality I’m all for it .

  • OregonCopper

    Y-E-S!! if DUNLAP was THE answer he’d still be in Philly…

    LT, CB, WR, RB, LB (both inside and out) are the most needed positions (in that order) based on depth and injuries for next year’s draft…I wouldn’t be hurt if TT trades up to get that kid from Michigan…

    Go Bolts!!

    • OregonCopper

      this was meant as a reply to Gunnar

      • Gunnar Martin

        Dunlap could be MUCH better than he was with the Eagles. He is still a relatively young player, and young players usually get better every year. Between that and a new system / quarterback / coaching, he could turn out to be the one to fill the hole at left tackle since McNeil left. We’ll just have to see how it turns out this season. If he performs like a quality starter consistently, then I think we should address one of those other needs you mentioned in the first round. If he is anything less than that, then we should just go ahead and pick our LT of the future. And no, we definitely shouldn’t trade up for one considering how overstocked the draft will be with them next year. Although we are like half a year away, anything could happen.

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

    “Then Gaither started doing Gaither things”. – That made me chuckle.

  • arnie

    When PR said ,”…I’m putting my back foot in the ground and I’m going to step up. For one, it helps the tackles..”, he reminded me of something i’ve forgotten. “You build a line from the inside, out”. That reassures me why i’m not as worried about Fluker, especially thinking back to the first game. Rivers was able to step up into the pocket and make his throws. That’s because of a strong performance of the C and Guards. McCoy often refused to put all the heat on the O-Line stating there are things they could do to help the O-line. One of those things is giving PR a pocket to avoid the rush. the other more slants an short passes.
    Yeah new year new thinking indeed.

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  • 1961 Fan

    CBJ looked sharp. Sorensen will probably get cut and the Bolts will be left with that picture in our minds of Rivers laying on the ground in a crumpled heap with the other teams defenders on top of him.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      cant see how they could cut sorensen

      • 1961 Fan

        Last year they cut Jared Lee; he was showing the signs of a quality QB; the Bolts keep riding the dead horse called Rivers.
        This is a rebuilding year, they should be trying out the replacement for him, not hoping he can regain some (Marty era) form

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          Jarrett Lee was so good that nobody in the league picked him up after we released him. Either every GM is blind or you are a super scout

          • 1961 Fan

            Same thing happened to Kurt Warner, he was working in a store bagging groceries. The Bolts also cut Wes Welker!
            Marty wanted Brees but got stuck with Rivers. We all know what happened to Brees, then the Saints won the SB.