Philip Rivers Leads The League in Completion Percentage

Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls an audible during the first half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

After 7 weeks through the season, Philip Rivers is sitting on top of the rankings for quarterback completion percentage. He has been on fire the last couple of weeks and has completed 73.9 percent of his passes this year. He is right above Peyton Manning, who is sitting at 71.6 percent and Matt Ryan at 70.1 percent.

Ken Whisenhunt believed that he could raise that completion percentage this year with the new offense. He has Philip tossing short and safe passes and has the team moving the football up and down the football field. The offense has been rolling. Philip just gets the ball to his playmakers and lets them do the work. It was evident a couple of times against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He tossed a short pass out to Danny Woodhead and Eddie Royal and they made big time gains on the play. We have guys that can make plays after the catch. Keenan Allen has that same ability to make things happen after the catch. This offense takes advantage of players like that.

Philip gets the ball out quick and lets the playmakers make things happen. The offensive line has benefited. They don’t have to block their man forever to get the passes out. They have been doing a great job of creating some time for him too. The receivers have been doing great at creating space as well. Everyone on the offensive side of the football deserves credit for getting Philip Rivers to the top of the completion percentage.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • joe

    This site needs a copy editor. “Let’s?”

    • Stefanie Smith

      grrrrrrrr

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      weird… dont know when i wrote that out like that. thanks for pointing it out… sorry for your inconvenience

      • joe

        No inconvenience, I’m just a grammar Nazi.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          all good… i usually go through the posts one more time. I just don’t usually make that mistake. thanks again

      • FitzWilly

        dont worrie bro
        youre the mostest goodest righter guy i no :)

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

          Lol. .. where have you been?!!!! Miss your sense of humor lately! Getting a little bit stiff around here, if you ask me ; )

          • FitzWilly

            been busier than a 3 peckered Billy Goat last couple of months, workin 2 jobs etc

            Haven’t even had a chance to throw into Will’s Mom lately :)

            and been getting the igloo ready for another long Canadian winter :(

            been popping in to see every now and then, and you are correct sir, been pretty Stiff for sure

            Glad to see you’re still keeping the kids in line
            GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOLTS

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

            You know I do. Try to keep it entertaining, while keeping all fucktard trolls outta here. Folks got their electron microscopes out, but are missing the big picture.. you know how it is… the sharpest pencil always breaks… usually in Will’s Mom.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          hahahahhahahahaha!!!

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

      Did you send Ernie that email? I saw you post the same thing earlier. I would love to have a copy editor. Sounded like you were volunteering. Probably no money in it, but we all work for free around here… lol. Would be nice to have a free copy editor like you on board!!! Let’s do it!!!

  • Stefanie Smith

    Ernie: Where did you get this info? I’d like to read more about it. ESPN? Thanks for the article. As long as Whisenhunt doesn’t turn our Rivers into the dink and dunk King ala Alex Smith, I am fine with the short stuff, but when the opportunity arises he has to be permitted to throw the bomb.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      no info… just the stats page http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/passing/sort/completionPct
      Whisenhunt has always said that our offense was going to be what we have seen. Definitely has done a great job

      • Stefanie Smith

        Thanks. NFL.com is a little behind on the basis of their power rankings.

    • CHIEFFANINAZ

      Always got to be putting down Alex Smith. Your right though he doesn’t have as good of a completion percentage this year as Phillip Rivers , but he does have a better winning percentage…..

      • Stefanie Smith

        But you can’t change the fact, he is NOT nor will he ever be a better QB than Rivers. Furthermore, if you really think Alex Smith won those games for the Chiefs, then more power to you.

      • Alex Pitrofsky

        Once again, a stupid fucking Chiefs fan. Look at your guys schedule. ITS A JOKE. I’m not saying the Chiefs are bad, but I see the Chargers beating them twice this year

        • ……ChiefsFan……

          You do know that schedule you say is a “joke” is pretty much the same one the Chargers has played right?
          It includes the Raiders, Texans, and Titans.
          Just saying…

          • arnie

            The chiefs are 7-0. congratulations. Every team they have faced is a professional football team, and on any given sunday a bad team can win game. Even one that was 2-14. Andy Ried can still coach. The chiefs have a great defense. Jamal Charles is making plays. this is why the chiefs are winning.
            Sooner or later, it will all be on Alex Smith shoulders to win a game for them…

          • ……ChiefsFan……

            I agree, at some point this season the game will fall on Smith’s shoulders. I don’t know what is going to happen in that situation, we haven’t been there this year. Only reason I spoke up is because it’s getting really old hearing the same excuse, every week. As I have said before, it is my opinion that the reason the teams we have played have a losing record is due to playing the AFC West this year (even Oakland has been playing alright). No disrespect towards you or anyone else here on BB.

          • Trey P

            Cheifs hasnt played the colts. Didnt play the titans with locker..Didnt play the texans with schaub or foster.Now they play the browns 3rd stringer and possibly the bills 3rd stringer COME ON MAN!

          • ……ChiefsFan……

            Fitzpatrick was a starter for three and a half years in this leage. I would have rather played against Schaub, as he undoubtably would have given the Chiefs more points in that game. And do you really think Weeden is a better QB than Campbell? We haven’t played the Colts yet, and I’m not making predictions. As I said, no disrespect to any Chargers fans, that win you guys have against the Colts is very impressive.

            I’d be happy if both our teams beat the Broncos twice this year and we split the games with your Chargers. I would love nothing more than to see the Donkeys miss the playoffs. You have to see that the strength of schedule argument has very little merit, right?
            AS us not as good as PR, and I’m not going to even try to make a case. He is however doing what he needs to do to get the win, and it is my opinion that this Chiefs team can compete with any team they play.

          • arnie

            Yeah i get that, it does get old, but those are the facts. It doesn’t make it right or wrong, winning is winning. The Charges lost to the Texans because their D clamped down and the receives dropped balls. the titans? We left to much time on the clock and got caught being conservative. Raiders, when you spot a team 14 point in the first quarter, you’ll probably lose and we did. And through it all the Chargers have done it without 100% of it’s starters. Those aren’t excuses, just the facts. The Charges are winning because of it’s coaching staff, protecting Rivers, and winning because of him.
            The AFC west is better and the experts have dropped the ball in it’s analysis. I don’t know how long Charles or the defense can keep playing at this level. I don’t know what will happen if it falls on his shoulders. When it does, we’ ll know if the facts are correct.
            Til then good luck.

          • ……ChiefsFan……

            I agree with everything you just said. We will just have to wait and see.

            I don’t know hot this season will shake out, hell, I’m not sure what’s going to happen this Sunday. I’m just enjoying the ride. This team has already far exceeded my expectations got the season.

            I do know one thing though, this D is scary good, and a hell of a lot of fun to watch. I honestly feel that every time the D is on the field we have a good chance of scoring. I’m not quite there yet with the O. IF, and that is a mildly large IF, the O gets things figured out, this could be a really special season.

            Good luck to you to Arnie, you seem like a good guy, and I have enjoyed reading some of your articles.

            Keep up the good work.

          • Trey P

            Cheifs play backup Qbs bro and I stay in Kc

          • Alex Pitrofsky

            We played the Raiders in Oakland at 8:30 at night, you fuse played them at home. When you guys played the Texans, they didn’t have Foster, Cushing or Shaub. When you guys played the Titans, they didn’t have Jake Locker. When we played them, we didn’t have either of our starting linebackers. Just saying……….BITCH. Now get the fuck off this site, your kind is not welcome here

          • ……ChiefsFan……

            Pure class.
            Spoken like a true raiders fan.

      • Jon Marine

        Why are you on Bolt Beat? This is our hangout. If you want to pout about us saying that Philip is better than Alex Smith, then go take your tantrum to your website.

      • boltingindiego

        Alex smith is a game manager who needs a great d to compliment him

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

          I wont even say he is a good game manager. He is just kinda there.. he might as well be the John Doe of QB’s.

      • Bill Nichols

        Troll alert, troll alert!! WTF ARE you doing here anyway??

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

          He’s Alex Smith’s PR team… The Chiefs are winning IN SPITE of Alex Smith. Just because he isn’t a TO machine like Cassel, doesn’t mean he is good. The games I have watched, he is barely getting the job done.

          • FitzWilly

            i’m sure he was a big AS(s) supporter when he was with San Fran lol

          • Bill Nichols

            I am totally feeling a shut out ( 2 – 0 ) this year against KC. My neighbor is flying this big ass KC flag in the front yard. I get to personally rip it down when we beat them. Can’t wait.

    • Voice1982

      Sometimes the dink and dunk stuff is necessary for a qbs confidence. Last week on MNF the announcer showed clips of the first half vs the colts and how Rivers was getting rid of the ball in 2 seconds or less. So those quick slants help with the offensive rhythm to move the ball and also prevents rivers from getting sacked , to where norv use to make rivers drop back 5 steps and wait for 5 seconds to throw the ball deep on every play.

    • C.Steele

      I agree Stefanie. I do think when Ken feels the line can be trusted and Philip has a consistent deep threat, he will turn him loose throwing more intermediate and deep routes!

      Speaking of improved lines, I wonder what TT thoughts are on an O-Lineman in the first round of next years draft..

      #GoBolts!

    • arnie

      Stefanie, I agree. However our “deep guys” are on IR.

  • Julien Bélair

    I always believe in Rivers even with the past 2 seasons. I knew he wasn’t the problem. Rivers is one of my all time favorite Chargers. I hope he gets a chance to win the SB before he quits the game.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    I would love to have Denard Robinson in Bolts. He fan tear up the field like Royal except he is barely starting his career.

  • tubbs45

    It is great to see success for Rivers and the Offense! More than anything that OLine and Joe D, are nothing short of awesome. Rivers #YouGotWhissedOn

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    Damn right he does.

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

    On a side note. .. just bought my tickets for the Chargers / Giants game!!! Woot Woot!!! Writers Charger Girl Cindy, David O’Rourke, and myself will be conducting pre-game fan interviews (which we will post on here), grillin food, drinkin beers, giving some stuff away… gonna be fun!!! I started a Google Group called “Bolt Beat Tailgating” if anyone is interested, so people can coordinate meeting up, generally talk about the event, and exchange cool ideas n’ stuff. Just email me at [email protected], and I’ll add you to the group.

    Cindy & Dave will also be hosting one for the Denver home game too!!!! If anyone would like to get involved, or just come support… holla! We are even going to be flying our new Bolt Beat banner Ernie & I are making (yep.. we’re going BIG TIME.. j/k). Peeps should get involved. We may host another home game too. These two games are already set up tho… Please come support!!!!!

    = )

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      No y here. Try an i

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

        OMG…. So sorry!!! I will edit now. You should see when I write an article on my phone… even worse… has a mind of its own!!! Which reminds me… I need to write another piece for SD Bandwagon ; )

        • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

          :-) I’m sure they would appreciate that. But, I’m back here at BB where I belong. :-)

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

            Glad to hear it.

    • FitzWilly

      I’m sooooooooo jealous
      sounds like an awesome time :)

      punch Eli in his stupid face for me
      tx PT

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

        Punching dolphins in the face is usually not my policy… but, I will make an exception for the brother who got the least nutrients in Mrs. Manning’s womb.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      feel free to write a post about this

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

        I posted one a while back.. another one is definitely on the menu. Dave and I thought Redskins weekend would be the best time to hit everyone again, since the bye week will be over. I might throw one out prior, just to draw intwrest.

        I really appreciate the support., Ernie! Just waiting for the right traffic moment. Gonna be SICK! Hope to see yall there! Dave and I got seats together!

    • Dave O

      Just to add to that, the Broncos tailgate will be in J1. Just look for Cindi or I next to the BoltBeat banner. Come on out, eat some food and have a good time before we show the Broncos who really owns the West!

  • arnie

    Didn’t Coach Mike McCoy say Rivers would be a 70% passer in the offseason? Then he got chuckles from everyone. Now i ask, where are the hecklers?
    See it’s one thing to stand up in front of a room full of media and say “we’re going to put the best 53 on the field..” it’s another to actually have a system and do it. If i have to be blunt Ernie the fact that you’re writing this article, and based on the numbers PR has produced, shows the “pundits” are to lazy to do there research. And nobody has given McCoy or Telesco enough credit for getting this team pointed in the right direction, and exposing how seriously screwed up the Chargers were, with the former regime.
    Phillip was never the problem.

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