Philip Rivers: The Game Manager

Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip  Rivers (17) watches time expire at the end of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. San Diego won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

What Philip Rivers was that on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals? That was Philip Rivers the game manager. Not the gun slinger that we are all know and love.

With the running game getting the job done, Philip Rivers just had to manage the football game and make sure that the team didn’t do anything dumb with the football.

Against the Denver Broncos, we might need him to make a few more plays in the passing game. With Peyton Manning standing on the opposing sideline, Philip the gun slinger might have to make his return. Either way, Philip will do whatever it takes to get the win. If the running game is working, then there is no reason to toss the rock all over the field and allow a team to make a comeback.

The defense was playing well and the team trusted in them in making the necessary stops. They will need to have another stellar game against the Broncos on Sunday, but they seem to be playing with a ton of confidence right now.

The team has trust in Philip to make the plays when it is needed. He can make the big play. He can drive the team down the field with his arm. He will do whatever it takes to get that win.

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  • tubbs45

    When the result is a ‘W’ manage away Rivers!!!

  • Stefanie Smith

    I was sort of put out with how little passing was done and planned for by Whisenhunt. But Rivers passed when it was available and didn’t force anything. Naturally, I would expect McCoy and Whisenhunt to change the game plan for the Broncos–as they are a heavier offense than were the Bengals. Before the game, the sportscasters said that the only way that the Chargers could win against the Bengals is the run game. They said the Chargers needed to run the ball and run it again and again and again. They did that.

    Jamie Dukes paid Rivers a high compliment about Rivers being smart. He is. We got the win. That is fine by me. Game plans will change with each opponent.

    • arnie

      I like Jamie Dukes, Stefanie. Dukes never jumped on the “fix Rivers band wagon”, he has been the only NFL analysts that has been on the Chargers side since day one. And the least listened to.

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

        And he just shrugs off the other dip-shit analysts (aka ex-football players fir marquee teams) like a Dad would shrug off a teenager. Before week seventeen even happened, he was the ONLY one who said the Chargers were the team that would clinch the final spot. McGinnest & Sharper both chuckled at him. Sapp isn’t even talking about us, for fear of looking dumb… lol.

        • arnie

          Exactly! The real reason? Dukes actually did his homework, while everyone else looked at the fact sheet from last season, and phoned it in their “expert” opinions.

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

      When McCoy was hired, we all expected him to have an advantage against Peyton, as he was the OC there. EVERYBODY downplayed it, saying Peyton was his own OC, and were pretty much making McCoy out to be Manning’s assistant… lol. NOW what’s up? Broncos fans & the media keep insisting that Manning isn’t scared to face us… I bet you he is as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of Rocking chairs. . Lol.

      • arnie

        The ONE thing they are right about? All the pressure is on Peyton. The Chargers weren’t even supposed to be there. The Bolts were supposed to be one-done. Now, the Chargers trip is supposed to come to end in Denver, because the Bengals “gave the game away”? Nah son, you hit it on the head Peter.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Ernie: Are you getting nervous or something? I am a little nervous but we have to just believe!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i am excited and expecting that win!

      • Stefanie Smith

        Good. I am thinking that without Von Miller, our D is as good or better than the Broncos. We have Melvin and man, that guy is ready to roll. Omg, he is outrageous. And T’eo is catching on also. The whole group is coming together. Pagano puts in the right game plan—a good one and I think we can get Manning to blink.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          Melvin has been amazing in his return. He has been huge for the defense.

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

          Still a little nervous about Te’O. I think the Broncos are going to pick on him. Maybe Marshall too.

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

        Clearly…. hahaha. Feels good to be writing in January, huh?

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          first time I have been in this position to be writing about playoffs.

  • Aaron Johnson

    They dont get enough credit, the O-Line are playing like beasts. I dont think they fear anyone rushing. They dont win all the time but they play for 60 and wont allow a team to rest. Blitz scheme and O-Line play will win us the game this week.

    On top of that, the coaching staff has done an amazing job with halftime adjustments during this win streak. That seems to be the biggest difference my wife notices. We come alive in the 2nd half and adjust to what is/isnt working.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Now that you mention it, you’re right. They do adapt.

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

        I haven’t looked at the stats for our opponents score in the second half lately, but I bet it’s pretty low.

        • arnie

          The Chargers play well enough in the first half, an win it in the third, and put it away in the fourth.

    • Joel Ayala

      Yup. love seeing Fluker running up field looking for someone to Smack. That dude has a nastiness that gets you pumped up. Imo that’s the Bolts rookie of the year. can’t say enough awesome things of DJ. straight Beast.

  • arnie

    Hey, Alex Smith is game manager, the difference is PR can take over a game and win it. Phillip is just proving he’s smarter than Dalton.

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

      It cracks me up that Alex Smith turned into Philip Rivers and STILL lost… and Rivers turned into Alex Smith and won. Something very funny about that to me = )

      • arnie

        LOL Peter there is a “reason” why Jim Harbaugh traded him away. When Your Head Coach was a former QB nick named “Captain Comeback”? When he recruited an developed Andrew Luck? I’d say he’s a good authority on knowing which QB he can win Championships with.
        Smith is good QB, has a good career, and helped turn things around in KC. Make no mistake Reid is looking for his replacement the day they signed him….

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