Rivers Takes 100% Of The Blame


 

Last night Philip Rivers was the victim of a strip-sack that turned the ball over to the Bears in our first road game of the preseason. Shea McClellin blew past Max Starks, who didn’t even seem to touch him, and Rivers was taken down from behind. This was not only a bad play, but a major step back for the offensive line, who protected River’s blindside well in the previous game against the Seahawks. Just when it looked like Rivers was starting to get comfortable with the protection in game one, this type of thing happens. Surprisingly, here is what Philip Rivers had to say about it in a post game interview by Charger.com.

We got beat one time. The other time, the sack-fumble was 100% my fault.  I was too deep.  I looked at the picture and saw it right away.  It was absolutely perfect by the left tackle.  He’s running the guy by him 10-plus yards deep, and there I am standing there.  But I can fix that.  That’s already been fixed right now.  And you start to see there’s the difference between a gimme touchdown to Vincent Brown or a sack fumble.”

Philip Rivers seemed to be holding onto the ball a little bit too long last night, but I can’t put that one on him. I appreciate that he is taking the blame (as usual), but Starks didn’t even get a hand on McClellan! It was as if he wasn’t even in the game. I will admit that when we brought Max Starks in, I was confident he would beat out a less experienced Dunlap. But, watching that play, and his performance this far in the preseason.. I sure hope Dunlap doesn’t get hurt. I never thought I would hear myself say that. In fact, if you read the rest of River’s comments about the game in that interview, it’s like he was watching a different game entirely. It sounded like a Norv interview to me. I can understand staying positive, and saying you will fix it, but that was an awful outing for the first unit. I sure hope he starts to take on his new coaches attitude, and ditches the old coaches’ persona. Cross your fingers!

 

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  • Stefanie Smith

    Great article, Pete. The o-line is problematic and the talk on twitter.

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

      Yikes.

  • OP Bolt

    Peter – lipstick on a pig. A ten year pro QB who lost track of where he was in the pocket? That seems a lot worse than a whiff by Starks. It just seems to me that River’s internal clock is still hard-wired to Norv’s type of game. He seems too slow in his drop back, too slow in his progressions, and too slow in pulling the trigger.

    Now in fairness, the OL still hasn’t jelled, I’m not sure where the WRs were while Rivers was in the game, and we didn’t seem to have the RB dump-off option in the game plan.

    Beyond that, the run defense (after Liuget’s injury), the UN-Special Teams, and the turnovers, all suggest a lack of intensity and mental timeouts. A lot of coach fodder for this week.

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

      Maybe.. it just doesn’t help when your left tackle absolutely fails to even make an attempt to stop the rush. Philip was in the wrong position, agreed. But, letting your QB take that kind of hit from behind, while making so little effort to stop him, is unacceptable. It could have gotten Rivers seriously hurt. He had his back to the situation. How is Rivers supposed to trust the o-line, with effort like that?

      • OP Bolt

        Peter – I agree, that’s why Rivers’ comment that the play was his fault was like putting lipstick on a pig. His explanation not only didn’t excuse Starks` poor effort, it made the whole thing worse by suggesting that a 10 year pro QB had lost his situational awareness in the pocket. I am a great fan of Rivers, but I am starting to worry about how he is coming around so far.

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

          I see.. got it. We don’t have to worry about it anyway.. Philip said it’s “already fixed”.. right? Hahahaha.

          • arnie

            It will be fixed, when he plants that back foot, and the ball is gone.

        • Daryl Peek

          Finally someone not making constant excuses for PR. He’s absolutely struggling with the new offense. Charlie and Brad look much more fluent in it. I really hope PR gets it together, and is able to handle this up tempo McCoy wants.

  • joerockt

    I think they both can share the fault on that one. Starks got beat on a speed rush, no question. But Rivers needs to have the pocket presence to step up and internal clock to get rid of that ball. I think he really is second guessing because it seems many of his throws are not going to primary receivers. So that extra time taken to go through his progressions is what’s hurting.

    If you watch CBJ, he actually did well in slinging it to his primaries. Just simply dropped back and fired. Rivers needs to get that confidence back quickly

    I think its a worse sign for Rivers. But you really don’t get a chance to adjust after only 2 or 3 possessions. So the jury will be out until after the first few games of the season.

    • Stefanie Smith

      I agree. I think CBJ did pretty well in a pretty rough situation.

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

        Much better than last week. Although, immediately fumbling the ball away on the first snap he took was not my favorite. Maybe it was more on the center.. I’d have to go freeze frame it.

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

      They are both to blame, for sure.. I put it mostly on Starks.

    • John Alton

      A worse sign for Rivers? How? Rivers will throw to the one he finds open. The reason he was not throwing to the primary receiver is because they were covered. When he does that it ends up incomplete or a pick. confidence is no the issue.Unless you are with him each day you have no idea as to what his confidence level is.Leave Whitehurst out of this. He was playing against the back ups.

  • Aaron Johnson

    Starks got schooled no matter how you slice it. Was Rivers perfect on the play? I dont know, im not a coach but Starks watched the guy run by him. That being said, its fixable… I hope.

  • BoltFan

    I have a question… Could we start Dunlap at LT and move Starks to the right side of the line? Starks at RT and Fluker at RG would be something (or Fluker at RT and Starks at RG). Or is the transition to hard?

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

      Not sure how that would go, and that would mean cutting Clary, which seems like it isn’t going to happen.. I THINK I remember seeing Starks struggle on the right side against Seattle, and he didn’t do so hot there. I could be mistaken, though. It’s hard to keep track when they are subbing different players in and out. Harris was playing right tackle in that game too.

  • Daryl Peek

    I’ve always loved PR’s willingness to bare the blame. Lets hope for better results all around. The Cards game is the big third week preseason audition for the first teams cohesion.

  • arnie

    Thanks for taking the heat Phillip. However, we all have eyes. Embrace the new coaching mentality, of accountability. Let Starks stand at the podium and answer for his “performance”.

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

      Right? I almost spit my coffee out. Way to NOT throw your lineman under the bus… but keep the Norv speeches where they belong.. in Cleveland.

      • Stefanie Smith

        He can’t throw them under the bus if he expects them to perform out there. Watch some of these games. If the line men have a beef with the QB, they let a lot of everything slip by and hit the QB. There needs to be a bonding and loyalty between them. Otherwise, Rivers is screwed.

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

          Agreed Stefanie. They HAVE to build trust. Other people on here are getting what I’m saying twisted.. I’m not making any excuses for Rivers, at all. Nor do I think he should be a bus driver… But, saying that it is “100% my fault” is BS. He should have given the short Mike McCoy-type answer.. “I’m disappointed, and we are fixing that asap”, instead of getting all “blame it all on me”, and trying to be a good guy. I’d say that was about 80% Max Starks, 20% Rivers. Like Arnie said, let Starks answer that question… I’d love to hear his answer, because he whiffed.

    • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

      Here, here.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Those linemen are crucial to Rivers. Do you think they wil go out of their way if Rivers ever went out there and embarrassed them–even if they were wrong? No. Rivers is being a true leader of the team. He will NEVER air out his business in public. Nor will Coach McCoy. I doubt if Rivers would put anyone under the bus even with Coach McCoy.

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

      He should never throw his teammate under the bus… but he should also not take all the blame, just to be a good guy. All he needed to say was “We will fix it”. He didn’t need to champion Starks, when he clearly missed his block. The days of making excuses for Philip, or the o-line are over. I figure Rivers would have learned that lesson when Norv was fired.. he was real good at making excuses.

  • John Alton

    This is what preseason is for. They have to have games like this. This helps them iron out problems they won’t see on the practice field. I would rather they go 0-4 then go 4-0 and end up with a “all is well attitude”. They will learn from all of these mistakes right now rather than game 1 of the season. I will only become worried if they are playing like this in week 7 or 8.

  • one

    Don’t blame rivers, I knew after hitting those short passes without any of the starting receiver getting any of the action, he was gonna pull one deep for them, and once I saw him do 6 drop back, I knew he was reading where to throw it deep, I’m just disappointed TT and MM spend alot of money for two supposedly quality LT to remedy that problem and it didn’t pan out, I think Rivers realize it now, he certainly doesn’t have 3 eyes to tuck the ball in so don’t nobody blame him.

    Remember, the offensive scheme is not solely focus on the high accuracy short passes, they did say a couple of months back, they’re gonna infuse some of the old plays (deep passes) with the short passes. It really really sucks that Max Starks is getting paid millions and that one play on 3rd down he screws up and didn’t even at least for a split second, give Rivers any kind of time for him to read his throws and pass it.

    Kinda feels like Starks could be the Meacham of the O-line.