Nov 30, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
A disappointing and frustrating 2012 campaign left “fans” and analysts calling for Rivers job at seasons end, the Chargers had to make a change. That change came when head coach Mike McCoy came to town and brought quarterback guru Ken Whisenhunt in as the offensive coordinator. Rivers has been nothing short of great since implementing a short-throw offense with many screens that focused on completion percentage and getting the ball to players in space. But as of late, we are seeing a struggling Rivers battle through games with a back injury which has fans scratching their heads. After throwing just 5 interceptions in the first 8 games, he now has thrown 8 in the last 6. Just how bad is it?
Well let’s start off by saying Rivers is tough as nails. Not often will you see a quarterback with a torn ACL finish a critical game just to give his team a chance at a Superbowl run. So the back injury, while a concern overall, is nothing to worry about in regards to his game availability. But at age 33 in his 11th season and just one year left on his contract, what should the Chargers look to do to develop the future of the franchise? We could wait for a contract extension dispute. We could look to an empty free agent market. We could also look to draft someone to groom underneath him. By no means am I saying Rivers is done, nor is his injury career ending, but what I am saying is that the Chargers need to evaluate the long term state of the position. Whether it’s done in 2015 or 2016 at contracts end remains to be seen.
Here is a quick glimpse and a few of the quarterback talents that should be coming out in this years 2015 NFL draft.