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Clipboard Charlie, the muse.


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

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?