Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
So is Philip Rivers “fixed” now? Is his performance in the first quarter of the season enough to say that he is fixed?
Philip Rivers has usually been a slow starter in his career, so things could get even better! Is that even possible?
Mike McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt have done an excellent job of putting Philip Rivers in a position to succeed. Even with a beat up offensive line last week (one that might have been as bad last years), Philip Rivers was able to put up over 400 yards and 3 scores. The Dallas defense has some pass rushers that can get after the quarterback too. Their one sack came on a play where Nick Hardwick snapped the ball too soon and RT DJ Fluker wasn’t aware of it. Philip Rivers barely caught the football on the play and the defensive end ran by Fluker who was not ready for the play to start.
The offense has had a mixed bag of guys used at receiver and Philip still has been able to make big things happen. He has reverted back to those type of days. All he needed was a little time and a scheme that got the best out of the abilities of each player. The 7 step drops are not as frequent and we frequently are playing out of the shotgun. The system has been masterful. Why would we have expected anything different?
Ken Whisenhunt architected the Pittsburgh Steelers offense to the Super Bowl. He even took the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl… THE ARIZONA CARDINALS!!! he resurrected the career of Kurt Warner and now has resurrected the career of Philip Rivers.
The season is still only a quarter old, but these types of performances can be expected from the Chargers offense from this point forward. They can move the football down the field and they can attack defenses through the air with the best of them.
Philip Rivers is getting mentioned in that elite category again. Through 4 weeks, there is only one player that has done better. Sadly that player shares our division. With Philip playing like this, we can contend for a playoff spot. We can compete. Now only if that defense could cooperate.