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

Clipboard Charlie, the muse.


Charlie Whitehurst was a San Diego Charger for three season, then left for the Seahawks for a season and then came back to the Chargers for one season, now he is off to the Titans.  While Whitehurst was here in San Diego he and Philip Rivers were in constant communication.  On the sideline, Charlie was there whispering in Rivers ear and calming him down when no one else could.   Flipping his perfect hair in the wind and flashing his smile was all part of the package.  Is it possible that part of Rivers success was due to Whitehurst being a muse, a tutor and the calming voice of reason?

Sure, Charlie can throw.  His stats over his seven seasons in the NFL are not stellar, 155 pass attempts and 84 completions and a quarterback rating of 64.6.  He has only started four NFL games and that is not exactly the stats of a QB I would want on my team.   Perhaps, I have been looking at him from the wrong perspective.  Charlie is the man with the plan (and the clipboard) and the guy who is going to be tutoring Jake Locker at the request of the Chargers old OC Ken Whisenhunt.  Coincidence, I think not!  Whisenhunt saw the value of the muse and stole Charlie away.

I would not mind getting paid almost 8 million dollars over two years to basically motivate the starting QB of an NFL team.  Who wouldn’t?  So, two questions come to mind.  1.  Will Philip Rivers play be affected by the lack of his tutor on the sideline?  2.  Is the quarterback tutor a new role that we will start seeing in the NFL?

Tags: Chargers

  • Joel Ayala

    LMFAO. Great read. Charlie more than likely won’t be missed. He’s been a pretty lucky in the NFL so far in his career

    • Stefanie Smith

      Rivers seemed to like him, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Yes, Cindi, Whiz knows what Charlie meant to Rivers. “Whisenhunt saw the value of the muse” and we did not.

      I wish we never hired Ken Whisenhunt.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

        So, do you expect to see a slide in Rivers performance or has he learned what he needed to learn?

        • Stefanie Smith

          It’s hard to say if his performance will slide. He is the ultimate professional. So hopefully, he will develop a QB relationship with this new backup QB they signed from the Rams. It did appear that he used Charlie as a sounding board and it helped when he was getting worked up.

          He had that type of relationship with Volek also.

          I think it is going to be hard to point to Whitehurst as the key, if Rivers has a slide in performance. Every AFC team is cranking up the pass rush and CBs. That is going to kill us and doesn’t have much to do with Whitehurst being here or not.

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

          No. I don’t expect to see a slide whatsoever.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      We should all be so lucky.

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

        Tell me about it… lol.

  • rickochey

    thats a very good point. CBJ is not getting $8mill-4 mill a year. to be started.

  • Julien Bélair

    1. No
    2. No

  • powderBLUE801

    Am I the only one who thinks this is a joke? Or are we being for real here? Yes nobody and I mean nobody can hold a clipboard like whitehurst. But the man is very lucky making a ton of money for doing nothing. Hell if rivers needs someone to talk to I will be there and you can pay me in nachos.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Why did Rivers talk to him all the time if he wasn’t worth diddly? Rivers did seem to have a connection with him. And if we are working from the premise that Whisenhunt was God’s gift to offense, why would Whisenhunt spend $4 mill a year for a guy to solely carry a clipboard? Obviously, Whiz sees something in this guy that maybe we don’t. $8 mill worth of something.

      Do you think maybe there is more to it?

      • powderBLUE801

        I honestly think whitehurst might be a better choice for whiz half way through the season when locker is not producing or if he is hurt. Not a bad plan for someone who learned so much from rivers. I really don’t think rivers will slide off without him he will be just fine. I could see whitehurst taking a pay cut down to 200k a year and being a QB coach if that’s what the whiz really needs.

        • arnie

          Let’s be clear, Whiz took the only other player that knows his system, can help any QB understand it, and like you said, take over when things don’t go right.

          • Stefanie Smith

            And paid him a lot to do it for a backup QB.

          • arnie

            That’s my point, CBJ will be doing more than being a Backup. He’s the other OC and QB coach. Most likely the new starter.

  • Cgoodness13

    Maybe we can hope for a ….second coming…. Of CBJ

    • Gunnar Martin

      That was just too easy, wasn’t it? haha

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      It would be the third coming… goes from biblical to predictable.

  • buckeye54

    I’m not so sure I would describe Whitehurst as a “tutor” for Philip Rivers in the sense that he may be for Jake Locker or any other young QB the Titans draft. I hold that opinion based on Charlie’s and Philip’s comparable age and the fact Philip has significantly more game experience. I’m inclined to think Charlie was more of a sounding board for Philip and could share what he was seeing from the sideline and offer input to Philip and Whis. Philip seems to be able to develop a rapport with good, hard working teammates pretty quickly so I expect he and Kellen Clemens will build their trust factor during the off season and get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. That way Clemens can also be a sounding board. A key point IMHO is that Clemens has more game experience than Charlie which may be beneficial in terms of his input. Good article on something many folks may overlook.

    • Stefanie Smith

      I think you are right, buckeye. More of a sounding board than a tutor. Yes.

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

    So.. is Brock Osweiler Peyton’s muse? Who is Tom Brady’s muse? Their QB coaches & offensive coordinators, I would imagine. I never understood why Rivers needs a guy like Volek or Whitehurst to be a sidekick. Is he lonely with those 7 children?

    • Stefanie Smith

      omg, you can see Manning giving Osweiler dirty looks. He talks way too much when Manning is reading or thinking. You can see it. And no, Osweiler has nothing to offer Manning, not as a friend or a tutor, or a sounding board. More of a nuisance factor right now.

      Remember when after a game against the Falcons when Manning just came back and he threw 3 interceptions in the first half. Brock Osweiler said on the radio that they were going to yank Manning and let him finish it… (he was over on the side warming up.) Some news guy said he would believe it when he heard it from Elway or Coach Fox. Needless to say, Coach Fox said he has the kid warm up all the time, and no, they had not considered pulling Manning in favor of Osweiler. Brock Osweiler doesn’t do many radio interviews anymore.

  • Derek

    Charlie will be a tutor or mentor to bridge the gap between jake and ken. At this point I doubt Phillip needs guidance just a peer who can keep him objective and unpredictable.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Yes, that is what Rivers liked Whitehurst for–the sounding board aspect. Somebody who understood what he was getting at. $4 mill a year to tutor the ailing junior QB…hmmm. Weird that some team would pay that much for a tutor.

      • Derek

        I assume it was also to pull him from sd. He had it great over here. Over there locker has missed 6 game stretches.

        • Stefanie Smith

          Yes, Locker is not going to make it. He gets injured about as much as Sam Bradford. But at least, Locker gets less money. Pretty soon these QBs’ rookie deals are going to be up–then they are going to want big money. I about fell off the chair when Kaepernick is asking for high end aroun $17 mill a year. That is ridiculous. Wait until he actually does something or has some years under his belt.

          But hey, Matt Ryan won one playoff game and he is getting top money. Close to what Manning and Brady get paid.

          • Derek

            I think their first unrestricted contract is the greedy one because he spent his first yrs on less than 1.5. I’d say he deserves it for stepping up taking Alex’s job. He hasn’t one a sb yet but comming from a small school to taking on the pats and the seahawks his sophomore yr. or you can look at the fact he is better than j cutler who is getting that much. Ryan I’m not so sure about. I’ve seen kap make more plays than Matt.

          • Derek

            Once u find ur franchise qb that second contract ur pretty much at their agents mercy unless u wanna start over and draft n groom another one. That’s part of the begining of the raiders endless tailspin

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Charlie has left, and it’s no biggie. Frank Reich will be the one to guide the Rivers assault on opposing teams. Good for CBJ that he found such a great gig. He will be missed by Philip and the rest of the team he connected with.

  • arnie

    I don’t know if he was Rivers muse, I will say he has a future asa QB coach, and offensive coordinator.

    • powderBLUE801

      My thoughts exactly.

  • 1961 Fan

    Brad Sorensen should be getting the reps in practice and the pre season games so to take over when Rivers finally goes down. If the Bolts start now the transition over two to three years will be much smoother. If TT understands this kids abilities then he can focus on the Chargers weak spots – DEFENSE!