Philip Rivers Yelling At Official: Love or Hate?

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) moves a player at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers fans are angry and are picking at every little piece of that game on Sunday. There seems to be a lot of comments about Philip Rivers picking up the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the touchdown throw to Eddie Royal.

What are your thoughts on it?

I could care less if Philip argues a call. That penalty hurt, but the penalty of offensive pass interference hurt even more. It took 7 points off of the board.

In general, I don’t care about the antics that Philip pulls on the field as long as he doesn’t pick up a penalty. When it starts hurting the team, that is when things go overboard.

That game last night sucked for more reasons than Philip yelling at the official and picking up that penalty. Maybe we play a little defense or look to score one more time with over 2 minutes left of the clock and only holding a 4 point lead.

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  • davacho

    agreed. when i spoke with rivers before the game, i told him to keep calm and throw touchdowns… smh

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahahha

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    Of all the stupid crap that happened this weekend (blocked field goal, holding call, dropped interception) this is the only thing that doesn’t bother me. I’m also concerned about King Dunlap and Chad Rinehart. I actually saw Rinehart in the airport afterwards because he was flying somewhere to see family. It was cool to talk to him.

    • Stefanie Smith

      It happens all over the NFL–with players getting into it with the refs but nooooo , they have to make an example out of the Chargers. I swear the refs are throwing games.

      • tubbs45

        Remember the first three games last year when PR was called for illegal motion 6 times over the three games… Just saying he should know they aren’t gonna do him any favors by now.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      did he walk with a limp?

      • Alex Pitrofsky

        Yes he did. He was also ordering a burrito

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    I’m fine with Philip yelling at the opposing team or even at opposing fans, but that unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed us back from the 15 to the 30. That was ridiculous. I love how fiery Rivers is, but he’s got to reign it in when it comes to officials.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Cannot argue there. Remember when the Packers got that bad call in the Seattle game last season? Aaron Rodgers ignored the refs and walked off the field. They just don’t give him a penalty. You see QBs and players all over the NFL jawing it with the refs.
      Howver, now that Rivers knows the rules are different for him… maybe he should just zip it and not say a word.

  • joerockt

    I’ve been saying it for a while: Dude needs to chill the fuck out. Let the fans freak out, go back to the goddamn huddle and run the next play. Hardwick or someone on that offense needs to check Rivers asap. The players won’t react to a supposed leader who fly’s of the handle and has a complete spaz attack every game. Its starting to go beyond competitiveness and I think its getting worse with him.

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

    He needs to quit. Sorry… that was stupid… especially when the call was fair. Then walking into the locker room before the FG was even kicked? All I’m saying is that he better have had a good reason for that…. otherwise WTF?!!! Say what you want, but the momentum was on our side before that penalty, and never returned after. On another note… Dan Fouts should be an announcer for any other team, but us. He irritates the crap out of me. When things are already annoying the F out of me, here comes Dan Fouts gushing over the wrong team.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Ya dude, freakin Fouts. My wife was like “I know this is a road game but are these guys Titans fans?”, then i say “Oh no it’s a national broadcast and Fouts used to be the QB for the bolts back in the day”………….What did he turn on us or something?

      • tubbs45

        Almost seems like fouts really doesnt want River to “make it”. He almost goes the polar opposite to not seem like a homer…

    • Nick in PB

      We did go on to score a TD following halftime Pete, so we did gain the momentum back. We still had a chance to put points on the board after the Rivers penalty but does anyone want to mention the fact that Green let Pollard run right by him to block the field goal attempt? I’m not defending Philip, he should have shut his mouth after he got it off his chest. This loss is squarely on the defense.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I like him all fired up, lets not forget last time this happened it actually looked like he willed the refs into giving him the TD call. This time however it was the other way around and really hurt us.

    Was Allen’s pick play really that bad? Damn we needed those 7 points!!!

  • Tazzster

    Here are the rules

    Actions that constitute offensive pass interference include but are not limited to:

    (a) Blocking downfield by an offensive player prior to the ball being touched.

    (b) Initiating contact with a defender by shoving or pushing off thus creating a separation in an attempt to catch a pass.

    (c) Driving through a defender who has established a position on the field.

    From what I recall of the play Keenan Allen did none of those things. He was just running his route. This is a cross play that lots of teams run. The routes cross and it wreaks havok for defenders as they have to try and switch sides, while weaving through the contact. From what I recall of the play Keenan Aleen actually holds up a little as the defender runs into him.
    So, Phillip has a right to be angry, but he needs to keep his cool.

    • Nick in PB

      Tazzser, you are correct. I think the refs call that play when it’s more flagrant and this was not. I said earlier that Keenan tried to spin to avoid contact on that play. It was a home call, for sure. And the Titans had a ton of calls in this game. So it does bother me that everyone was harping on the Rivers call. I get it. He’sour leader and he should have kept his cool but he’s a fiery guy and I wouldn’t want him to change.

  • tubbs45

    Two plays before Pollard gets a PI call and FREAKS the FUCK out… He even bumps the ref and makes the same exasperated hand gesture a PR… No call for unsportman like… I dont give a shit how you call the game, just be consistent. Even the announcers said they we glad we couldnt hear what Pollard was saying, cause it deffinetly would have generated fines!!! WEAK sauce…

    Rivers do what you do, but walk away after youve said your piece and get ready for the next play. Just dont shoot yourselves in the damn foot…
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y462/staffpicks/Animated_GIFs/melons.gif

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Dude, he was about 1 foot away from punching the ref into the stands lol……..seriously

    • joerockt

      Speaking of another non-call, did you guys see Locker on that final drive spike the ball after a scramble? That should have been an easy call for the refs, but noooooo. Idiots.

    • Nick in PB

      Good point Tubbs. Pollard almost looked like he punched the ref from the camera angle.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Where was the unsportmanlike conduct on the first drive on Griffen trying to kill Mathews?
    Dude pulls Mathews neck down, then try’s to squeeze his helmet off and while he is down takes 1 giant swing at the ball that clocks Mathews and then a shorter swing that hits him in the shoulder. Was I the only one that thought he should have gotten a flag or tossed for that? Looked pretty gangster

    • tubbs45

      yeah seriously and punching at the ball several times after the play is clearly over. Thug life…

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        My favorite part was then Fokou the LB starts making dirty plays along with Griffen and they both get hurt on back to back plays. That made my day, it was like football Karma at it’s finest.

  • Rob Base

    Rivers needs to know when and when not to argue with the refs. It seemed to me he lost his composure after the pass interference call. The Bolts gotta away with several calls yesterday and Rivers should of let that one go.

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

      Not to mention the refs flagged Tennessee 10 times for a hundred yards. Get mad, but don’t thrust your chest at them, after you already blew a gasket. Not a good idea.

  • ninebarrows

    In my opinion, Phillip Rivers’s temper probably lost the game for the Chargers. He is supposed to be a leader who is above letting the situation control him, he should control it.
    Despite this, he is an Elite Quarterback and we should recognise what and who we have.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Are you serious? His temper caused the loss?: No, our crappy D that couldn’t stop diddly caused the loss.

      • tubbs45

        hahahahahaha, yep. Our D couldn’t stop SHIT except Johnson (most of the game). It is interesting to me that Pagano states that as the game focus we get up by X points, and we continue to focus on the run stacking the box, instead of doubling up so damn receivers with 2:00 minutes left…

        • arnie

          Thery call it a game plan. If you ask me, sometimes you need to plan on the fly, or a t least make adjustments to what’s in front of you. Pags needs to let the DB’ s make the plays for him.

          • tubbs45

            Especially Weddle. Playing him up at the line all the time may limit the run but also keeps him from ball hawking and helping over the top… Every plan needs fine tuning!

  • Brandon Rios

    No point in arguing with the ref he already made the call. Go back to the huddle and score and then talk shit to the refs.

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

      Seriously. The play clock was running. Shouldn’t he be back at the line, and calling a play? Trying to put the Titans on their heels after a PI call?

  • Stefanie Smith

    I don’t seriously think that any of the Chargers’ players or coaches thought that Rivers would get a penalty for that. But we all know how the refs are with the Chargers. If “we can’t give them a penalty, we’ll make up a new rule, and give them one anyways.” Is it any wonder, that anyone and everyone argues with the refs?

  • Daryl Peek

    A lil something to lighten the mood for all those hungover after another tough loss. We not the only ones sitting at 1-2 *deflection blank stare*

    • Stefanie Smith

      You’re not so bad, Daryl. lol I think what kills me more than anything is how we lose.

    • Stefanie Smith

      OMg, that is great. lol I just choked on my soda from laughing. 10 stars for Daryl!

      • Daryl Peek

        On to the next Stefanie. I got all my frustration out yesterday. Just bobbing and weaving all the, bend it like Beckham, hate/buffoonery I’m getting at work today. ;)

  • Gunnar Martin

    Didn’t practically the exact same thing happen two weeks ago in Houston when Royal caught the ball, someone was (at first) called for PI, and Phil argued it and the refs took the flag back? Or am I mistaken? Because if that happened, I don’t blame Rivers one bit. It worked once, so why not try it again? It’s too bad the refs around the league aren’t more consistent. I don’t think they should have penalized Phil at all.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Exactly. I don’t think anyone on the Chargers thought Phillip would get a penalty before it happened.

    • tubbs45

      It must have been the “gosh golly jeepers” and the funny ass chest lunge that did it… Next time just do what Pollard did and threaten to shiv him while throwing an upper-cut near the refs head!

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    We have to beat the Cowboys at home….Everyone should be healthy and ready to go.
    We can’t start the season 1-3

  • Joel Ayala

    Funny thing about PR penalty. was What he said to the ref. according to 1360 am. he told the Ref that was A Gawbedeluc of a call!!!Hahahahahabab. just something that cheered me up after this loss..

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    We saw more of Ladarius Green after the Titans started to double Gates.
    With Malcom Floyd out and teams doubling Gates, will see a lot of Ladarius these coming weeks.

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

    I am not going to put the loss on Philip, but he should have gone back to the line, got the team ready, and thrown another TD pass. OR, kept them in FG range, at least. This team already has enough obstacles to overcome without our QB losing his cool over something that wasn’t going to change. Say your piece, make it quick, and get the ball moving again.

  • Mark G

    My Chargers would be 3-0 if not for poor officiating. That give me hope that this team really has improved. The first game – they gave Houston an extra 4 points with the “roughing the center” call. Second game, they took away 7 points for the bad call discussed here, and they missed the push off catch at the end of the game. I know it doesn’t make us tied for first, but it gives me hope – it can’t always go against The Chargers, can it?

  • IronMountain

    Throwing a temper tantrum is foolish and childish, Rivers looked like a fool, and I know he isn’t, but all the Hater fans and Donkey fans will jump on the Rivers is a jackass bandwagon because of it, so why do it?

  • arnie

    Joe Flaco, Tom Brady, Payton Manning, Drew Brees, what do these guys all have in common? They are all Quaterbacks, have rings, and don’t waste time arguing with refs. Phillip, it’s called leadership. Get some. Save the fire with some aggressive play calling to lead your team to a win. 10 years should be long enough to know when to make a change.

    • Stefanie Smith

      arnie: You don’t think Philip has leadership because he yelled at the ref? No one there thought he would ever get a penalty. He never got one before.

      • arnie

        I think “Leaders” set a better example. Like having a short memory, getting over the call, and getting his team ready to take another crack at the endnzone.
        At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what i think, but whether his HC thinks it needs to be addressed.

        • Stefanie Smith

          Guess Aaron Rodgers and the majority of the NFL that regularly jaw with the refs did not get the memo. I am sure Rivers knows how the refs are going to be now. NO ONE thought he would get a penalty.

          • arnie

            I also guess Rodgers knows how to get his team down the field and win a Championship. As a ten year vet he should know what is important.
            we don’t know what goes on in those “discussions”, and the ref will only give you so many warnings. Arguing with the officials is a Waste. Of. Time.

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

      Amen.. get back to the line, and call a play that puts the opposing team on their heels, instead of squabbling. This isn’t helping his “cry me a Rivers” nickname. What do you make of him walking into the tunnel before the FG attempt, Arnie? Nobody else seems to want to address that. You’d think that he would hang around to support Novak, since he was the one that put him back so far.

      • arnie

        First one on the field, last one off. Leadership. Learn it.

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