I’m going to start by saying that I am not bashing a guy coming off of a bad performance. He was horrible last night in tough conditions but his four interceptions last night is not what this is about. If you follow me on Twitter I have been saying this for the last two seasons, Philip Rivers sucks! He is one of the most overrated quarterbacks in the history of the league. He has now put his team in a situation where they are not ready to move on from him right away and if they don’t they will waste a roster that should be better than it is
Rivers was drafted 4th overall by the New York Giants in 2004, famously moved to San Diego for Eli Manning. Rivers is currently the last remaining QB from that class starting for his respective team, Manning being benched for Daniel Jones and Big Ben getting injured earlier in the season. Rivers has been a Hall of Fame caliber player in his career currently sitting sixth on the all time passing yards, sixth in passing touchdowns and tenth in passer rating. Sometimes you can’t look at the numbers when you are breaking down a QB. In this era all passing numbers are inflated due to the changing of rules protecting offensive players.
Rivers has continual lead his team to mediocre play. From 2010 to 2017 the Chargers made the playoffs just one time. In Rivers entire career he has won just five total playoff games. This season Rivers has arguably his most talented group of skilled players, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, Austin Ekeler and the returning Melvin Gordon. Despite the talent on the offensive end Rivers has continued to make wild erratic throws that don’t benefit himself or his team. He has thrown seven interceptions in his last two games and all of them are on throws that he should not have made.
Philip Rivers is an old unathletic quarterback with a track record of being good. He is not good, he was never going to be a top player in this league coming into the season. The league is changing and players like Rivers are the old guard. He is not like Tom Brady. He doesn’t have the game changing understanding of defenses and intelligence to make the right call on the fly. The Chargers have too many talented skilled players to put up with this ridiculously horrible gunslinger.
Philip Rivers is holding this team back, if you watched last night you saw a guy that lost the game for his team. It’s time to move on from Rivers. It has been time to move on from Rivers for two years and they have not equipped themselves to do so. The Chiefs saw that they were stagnant with Alex Smith and moved on. The Giants saw that Eli was declining and finally made the right move benching the guy that was not able to transition to the current state of the league. Next season there are multiple QB prospects that will be coming through the draft, with the new stadium on the way on a team that is ready to compete now you can’t wait around.
If you are looking for more statistical reasons for his awful play the link below will breakdown his situation statistics. The most shocking be that he has thrown six interceptions in the fourth quarter and six more in his first 1-10 throws of the game. He literally turns the ball over at the two most critical points of games!
Rivers has had a great career, but let’s face the facts. Philip Rivers Sucks.