October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) hangs his head on the sidelines after throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos won 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
I still am speechless over the loss and everything that I try to write comes out spewing of bitterness and frustration. Let’s try to put enough words together onto a page to call a post and complain about our quarterback Philip Rivers.
Early last season, doubt started forming in our minds. He threw interception after interception. People tried to figure out what was wrong with him. Has he lost speed off of the fast ball, is he hurt, does he have too many kids at home and can’t get any rest? All kinds of excuses came up for why Philip was playing horrible.
The preseason this year, he never put that interception problem to rest. He kept throwing interceptions and it has carries over to the regular season. He escaped without an interception in only one game this season. He is on pace for 32 turnovers for the season.
We benched Ryan Mathews after one fumble and Philip already has 9 interceptions and has fumbled the ball 6 times! Those numbers do not lie! For a team that struggles with adversity in a game, these things cannot happen.
Whenever Philip drops back to pass, doubt starts creeping in our minds. The pocket starts to collapse and Philip takes a big sack OR Philip fumbles the football away. When he tries to make a play, it ends up in an interception. Every deep ball down the field feels like it will come down as an interception. Philip has become a turnover machine!
Philip does not look like a quarterback that can win games for us anymore. There have been opportunities for him to win the game, but each and every opportunity seems to end in a turnover.
The Chargers offense has looked like it was built for a rookie quarterback this season and that could be by design. The team has been dinking and dunking the ball all season. The deep ball doesn’t seem to be a strong part of the Chargers offense.
Let’s be clear, Charlie Whitehurst is not the answer. There is not a change at the position that can be made right now that can give the team a better chance to win. The gameplan does need less dependency on Philip Rivers and more dependency on the ground game with Ryan Mathews. At least we can blame Ryan for fumbling instead of blaming an interception. Ryan ONLY has one fumble this year.