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Philip Rivers will be main reason for Chargers’ 2018 playoff run

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at the StubHub Center on November 19, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at the StubHub Center on November 19, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 01: Philip Rivers #17 talks with Antonio Gates #85 of the Los Angeles Chargers over a broken play during the first half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at StubHub Center on October 1, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 01: Philip Rivers #17 talks with Antonio Gates #85 of the Los Angeles Chargers over a broken play during the first half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at StubHub Center on October 1, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

He makes everyone better

This isn’t to say that Rivers is Michael Jordan and I am in no way comparing them, but Jordan had that tremendous leadership attribute in that he made all of his teammates better players. Most of the greatest athletes have this in them and it certainly applies to Rivers.

Rivers has enjoyed playing with some terrific players such as Vincent Jackson, Antonio Gates and Keenan Allen, but it’s not like he’s been spoiled with an embarrassment of riches. He’s made guys like Tyrell Williams, Malcom Floyd and Dontrelle Inman look a lot better than they actually are/were,

You don’t see that with a player like Carr, who relies almost exclusively on physical talent to win at the professional level. You do see some solid leadership attributes with him in the huddle, but have all his teammates truly bought in?

In Kansas City, the organization is going to have to sell to its players that it got rid of an incredibly efficient quarterback who may have been the league MVP through the first five games of last season in favor of an untested second-year guy who may or may not be the long-term answer. That will be a tough adjustment.

Finally in Denver, you certainly can’t say that Keenum makes his teammates better. He is the definition of a game manager and the Broncos will likely be looking for him to be efficient enough to not lay too much on the proverbial lap of the team’s defense.

Another check for Rivers.

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