Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive coordinatorKen Whisenhunt
(left) talks with quarterbacksPhilip Rivers
(17) andCharlie 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
Remember those glory days of having Philip Rivers mentioned as one of the best quarterbacks in the league? Happy days have come back again. In a recent article by CBS, Philip Rivers has his name mentioned at number 3 of top quarterbacks this season.
3. Philip Rivers, Chargers — I’m as surprised as you are to see Rivers here. But he’s completing a stunning 72.6 percent of his passes through six weeks and has the Chargers with three more wins than anyone expected. Rivers is averaging more than 300 yards per game, which is something he hasn’t done since, well, ever. (His career high was 294.4 in 2010.) Rivers yards per attempt is back above eight for the first time since that year as well. But perhaps the most impressive thing about the way Rivers is playing? Who he’s playing with. His offensive line is still a shadow of the unit he played with in San Diego’s hey day. And Rivers top targets are an older Antonio Gates, rookie Keenan Allen and Vincent Brown. The former first-round pick is having incredible, MVP-level success this season in spite of everything around him. – Will Brinson
Philip has the offense rolling and hopefully he can keep up the pace and keep up the consistency. I love that Philip has everything ‘fixed’ now. Could you imagine what would have happened with Norv Turner running this ship into the ground for another season? Philip would have just wilted away and would likely be talked about in trade talks.
With Philip playing at this level, he gives us a chance to compete. We just need the whole team to play at this level.