Missing Person – Philip Rivers


September 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) after the game against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

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Has anyone seen this man?

He is 6’5 probowl quarterback who is considered the best deep ball thrower in the NFL. Known for hyper-competitive attitude and aww-shucks-gosh-darn-Andy Griffith way of talking.

You know those “Where’s Waldo” books we all looked at as kids?  Where there is a bunch of confusing stuff on a page meant to distract us, and we would get frustrated because we knew Waldo was in there somewhere? That’s how I feel about Rivers this year.

The Philip Rivers we know is there somewhere, we just have to look through all the confusing distracting stuff to find him.

First of all, I think the producers of Dancing With The Stars can’t wait to get him on the show. His feet never stop moving! This is not a good thing for a quarterback.  When you throw, especially a deep ball, you need to plant your feet and drive the ball downfield. This is one reason why he keeps underthrowing deep balls.

Hate-watching the last couple Chargers games again this weekend, it is clearly evident that Rivers is uncomfortable in the pocket.

Earlier in the season the Chargers knew that our offensive line was about as helpful as a moderator at a Presidential debate; so we called plenty of check-downs and rolled Rivers out of the pocket away from danger. But where did that play-calling go!? He has been sacked 9 times in the last 2 games!

October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is sacked by New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24), left, and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) during their game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook – US PRESSWIRE

Our OL has allowed the 3rd most sacks in the league and Rivers is on pace to be scaked 48 times this season. His previous career high was 38 in 2010. Never thought I’d say it, but man we need Big Lazy!

This bye week came at a perfect time for us to get healthy. Hopefully Jared Gaither gets back and we balance our offense better.

For some reason, the coaches have abandoned the run the last 2 games which is one reason we have gotten crushed in the 2nd half.  The last 2 games Rivers has had over 40 attempts! Why!? Those games he is completing only 62.6% of passes and has thrown 5 interceptions!

In all 3 of our wins this year, he has attempted no more than 32 passes and has a completion percentage of 75% with a 6/2 touchdown to interception ratio.

So, apparently the Chargers still need to hear this from me. But FREE24!!!

The Sofa Coach

Dan Locke