Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt (left) talks with quarterbacks Philip Rivers (17) and Charlie Whitehurst (6) during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Colts 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Philip Rivers Mentioned Again As A Top 5 Quarterback

Remember those glory days of having Philip Rivers mentioned as one of the best quarterbacks in the league? Happy days have come back again. In a recent article by CBS, Philip Rivers has his name mentioned at number 3 of top quarterbacks this season.

3. Philip Rivers, Chargers — I’m as surprised as you are to see Rivers here. But he’s completing a stunning 72.6 percent of his passes through six weeks and has the Chargers with three more wins than anyone expected. Rivers is averaging more than 300 yards per game, which is something he hasn’t done since, well, ever. (His career high was 294.4 in 2010.) Rivers yards per attempt is back above eight for the first time since that year as well. But perhaps the most impressive thing about the way Rivers is playing? Who he’s playing with. His offensive line is still a shadow of the unit he played with in San Diego’s hey day. And Rivers top targets are an older Antonio Gates, rookie Keenan Allen and Vincent Brown. The former first-round pick is having incredible, MVP-level success this season in spite of everything around him. – Will Brinson

The only quarterbacks that are listed above Philip: Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. What year is this again?

Philip has the offense rolling and hopefully he can keep up the pace and keep up the consistency. I love that Philip has everything ‘fixed’ now. Could you imagine what would have happened with Norv Turner running this ship into the ground for another season? Philip would have just wilted away and would likely be talked about in trade talks.

With Philip playing at this level, he gives us a chance to compete. We just need the whole team to play at this level.

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  • Pels04

    I was talking to a friend last night and he basically said the same thing. He said he was surprised to see Rivers playing so well. Thats surprising to me that people are surprised at how well hes playing. How soon people forget that 2 years ago Rivers was a top 3 qb and had been for a handful of years before that. Even in his “down” years he was still better than the average nfl qb. Oh well, we all knew he still had it, just needed some help around him. Being an immobile pocket passer and having one of the leagues worst OL’s is a terrible combo and we all saw that. Glad to see him playing so well again

  • tubbs45

    Smart offensive-minded coaching: fixes old school thinking of try to pass way down field when you have no line. weird how that works…

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I know right

  • Tazzster

    Phillip is a great quarterback and always has been. We we can see it now because he has time to throw the ball.

    I think we need to give credit to Tom Telesco and the coaching staff for putting together an offensive line with very little cap room.

  • Bill Nichols

    Always the fighter, Philip will go down as one of the best Chargers ever, and one of the best QB’s in the league, HOFer for sure. Keep it up Rivers, you need to get a ring brother. Bolt Up!!

  • John McGowan

    Look, Norv called the plays and had set audibles. Mike has given Phillip free reign ala Peyton Manning. This should have happened years ago. There might’ve been a trophy in San Diego by now.