Philip Rivers Playing At Elite Level Again

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) passes the ball 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

So far this season (and it only has been 3 games), Philip Rivers has been playing lights out. It doesn’t show it in the win-loss record, but he has been killing it. Just look at the numbers and look at his poise in the pocket. Look at the team move the ball down the field.

Here is Gregg Rosenthal’s assessment of Philip’s play:

Rivers played two of the cleanest games you’ll ever see against Philadelphia and Tennessee. I charted only one bad pass against the Titans, and these were not all simple throws. Many of the tosses required perfect ball placement, and Rivers delivered.

He just didn’t get enough chances. The Chargers threw the ball once in 10 play calls while nursing a four-point lead in the fourth quarter. Coach Mike McCoy caught a bad case of Martyball and it cost San Diego a win. The Chargers will need to find someone else to catch vertical passes while Malcom Floyd recovers from injury.

It has been outstanding. Why did we get the case of Marty Ball while nursing the lead. 1 pass play in the last 10 play calls of that game?! That is absurd. When our best player is Philip Rivers, why would we rely on Ryan Mathews to close out the game for us? The new coaching staff has got the offense and Philip Rivers right back on track. Now they just need to trust him at the end of the game to move that football for first downs.

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  • navw21

    Where are all the trade Rivers people now I wonder?

  • LoyalChargersFan

    Hopefully they left to go be Chief fans. Stay loyal to the QB who has proven his worth.

  • MachoMenos

    I guess having a pocket to throw from helps after all…who would of known! Just hope all of our OL is healthy this weekend…or we may see the Philip of the last 1 1/2 years instead of the 2013 model.

  • Rob Base

    As long as Oline stays healthy and he doesn’t throw picks then he will get better. Oline crumbles then it’s going to be a long season!

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  • chris

    Make or break this gm if we win we still have a chance for playoffs if we lose might as well tank the sad truth…..
    Btw any good lockdown cbs in the draft?

  • Gunnar Martin

    Don’t blame it all on McCoy, Whiz is the play caller after all

    • arnie

      norv was the head coach, he got the blame because it was his decisions. McCoy takes the blame for this as well, because Whiz answers to the Head Coach, Mike McCoy. And its ultimately the HC that has the final word and makes the final call.

  • Stefanie Smith

    This is a McCoy hangup. He appears to not like a two-minute drill by the offense. He stopped Manning from doing it in Denver. I have no clue why he does this.

  • C.Steele

    Maybe you weren’t watching the same game I was, because that fourth quarter was the exact opposite of “MartyBall”. Martyball was 1.) two dives up the middle for little to no gain 2.) drop Philip back on 3rd and long that led to him getting his face ripped off & or a turnover (behind a horrendous offensive line)! Seems to me, the new coach realized he had 3 replacements (2 he didn’t start the game with) and dropping Philip back for a “Chuck and Duc” like the one that led to a pick 6 against the Texans wasn’t the best coaching move…So you see it’s not about trusting Philip, it’s about trusting the team, which includes the replacement offensive line plus the receivers who hadn’t been able to get open for what seemed to be the 2nd half…. #GoBolts!

    • arnie

      Philip threw 1 pass in 10 play calls, in the fourth. Marty Ball is Run. Run. Run. What you just described is “norv ball” run. run. pass. That pick six to woodhead was the “hot read”, in a blitz. Philip made the right call, Cushing made great play. So from what i’ve seen about the coaching, it isn’t about trust at all, it about stubbornly sticking to the game plan, the coaches have put into place. Coach McCoy admitted, that’s what they were going to do in the titans game.

      • C.Steele

        Your right! Brain fart. I meant “Norv Ball”! But, my point still stands about not calling a pass play to convert that third down! As a matter of fact, it’s the exact opposite of sticking to the game plan. They didn’t call a pass because the O-line was decimated (which I’m sure is in the game plan for 3rd and long)! The running call made sense, because they didn’t want it to lead to a turnover like the Cushing pick!
        In regards to the Texans game, it doesn’t matter if it was a blitz or not. The PRESSURE caused the turnover. That translates to this game because whether the titans blitzed or not they probably would have gotten PRESSURE since the line was patched worked. To avoid a chance of the repeat pick six, (When Philip was under PRESSURE) they called the run. It’s over and done with now. There’s no since in reliving it! Get ready for the Cowboys! #GoBolts!

        • arnie

          I wasn’t disputing your point to call a pass to convert on Third down. However, per McCoy, it was the game plan to run the football, regardless of the “decimated” O-line, when he was asked by reporters. What made sense is to continue to trust the O-line that had already replaced the RT, in protecting PR, to finish the game. Playing to not throw a pick is exactly what the questions have been about. Conservative play calling not to lose, instead of letting the QB, who has been putting up top 10 numbers, and only had 1 pick, to not take care of the football? Do you really believe it made sense to put the ball in the hands of RB that was averaging 3.6 a carry, and had Fumble history?
          Again the pick six was not caused by the blitz, the Chargers didn’t have enough blockers, PR threw to his hot read and Cushing made a great play, because “Woodhead was not his assignment”. He gambled the ball was going to Woodhead. You have made an assumption about the “pressure on Rivers”, simply because the “FACTS” dis-agree with you. You are right is over and done an you are still incorrect.

          • C.Steele

            Not enough blockers by definition is a blitz and or pressure on the QB! Thanks for making my point for me! Seems you DO NOT understand the “Facts”! So, what I say from this point doesn’t matter.. #GoBolts!

          • arnie

            One more time. Woodhead was not Cushings responsibility. Woodhead was covered and had his man beat. If Cushing had not “GAMBLED” on the play, LIKE HE SAID HE DID, it would have been a completed pass to Woodhead. That is the fact. It’s not my opinion against yours, it’s Cushing words against YOUR OPINION. I understand the facts very well, it’s your assumption that the blitz caused the pick, that is in error.

  • arnie

    Agreed! Put the ball in the hands of your best player, and let him finish the game. The best way to “nurse” a lead? Score more points.

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