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Fuel on the Fire: Philip Rivers' poor play can be pinned on footwork, WR mistrust

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Oct 17, 2012.

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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap10...or-play-can-be-pinned-on-footwork-wr-mistrust

    The San Diego Chargers were sitting pretty at halftime Monday night. Pasting the Denver Broncos 24-0, they were well on their way to taking a commanding lead in the AFC West. Of course, we all know this isn't how the story ended.

    Peyton Manning caught fire in the second half, and the Chargers completely self-destructed. Philip Rivers personally accounted for all five second-half turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles) and is taking the blunt of the criticism. I went back and studied the coaching tape to try and figure out why the Chargers quarterback struggled.

    The two fumbles are easily explained. The Chargers offensive tackles took turns getting beat cleanly by Elvis Dumervil and they deserve the blame for each fumble. However, the interceptions and inconsistency in the passing game does fall on the shoulders of the Chargers signal-caller. Here are three reasons to explain why Rivers played so poorly:

    1) He was too aggressive.
    Decision-making is the most important aspect of quarterback play. Arm talent, athletic ability and excellent fundamentals are all irrelevant if you aren't throwing the football where it should be thrown. Rivers likes to attack defenses but he got caught trying to force several balls into blanket coverage Monday night. He needs to improve his patience, take more check downs or simply throw the ball away. The Chargers receivers need to create more separation but Rivers would be better served to find his tight ends and running backs when nothing opens up on the outside.

    2) His footwork has been poor.
    What's wrong with Philip Rivers arm strength? That was a question I was asked numerous times following Monday night's game. He floated two deep balls that were picked off and he also had two underneath routes that were undercut for interceptions. However, after studying the tape, I came away more concerned about his feet. He has developed two very poor habits. Most NFL passing plays require the quarterback to release the ball in rhythm (immediately after his third, fifth or seventh step) or with a single hitch step. In this game Rivers double and triple hitched after he completed his drop and he was repeatedly late on throws. Also, he struggled to reset his feet when he was forced to move around inside the pocket to avoid pressure. Until he fixes these two issues, his timing and accuracy will continue to suffer.

    3) He hasn't developed chemistry with his new weapons.
    The Chargers lost talented wide receiver Vincent Jackson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency and brought in Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal to help replace him. Rivers had a great feel for Jackson but he has yet to get comfortable with his two new receivers. I believe one of the reasons that Rivers isn't throwing with more anticipation is because he isn't quite sure that he is seeing the same thing as his new receivers. His first-half interception was an aggressive mistake intended for veteran teammate Antonio Gates but his three second-half picks were each intended for his new receivers (two to Royal, one to Meachem).

    The good news for Rivers and the Chargers is that each of these issues can be corrected. Rivers can improve his decision-making, footwork and chemistry with his receivers. Those are things that can be developed during practice, so this is a perfect time for the Chargers to have their bye week. I am not as concerned about Rivers' arm strength after studying the tape. He doesn't have a huge arm but he made several "stick" throws down the field. I expect Rivers to play much better when the Chargers head to Cleveland following their bye week.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap1000000080942/Week-6-Philip-Rivers-interceptions

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000081023/Who-s-to-blame-for-Chargers-collapse
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    Happy feet and late throws lead to INTs....... it ain't rocket science. ;)
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    I know... It is more like Rocket Surgury...
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    Shell shock has a tendency to make one a bit more jumpy than usual.
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    If I had to depend on Jeromey "El Matador" Clary to be blocking 265 pound charging bulls for me, I'd need a fresh change of undies every play (and before the ball was even snapped). Just sayin'...
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    So which part of my statement was so hard to understand? I thought it was very direct and to the point.
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    He was agreeing with you
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    He sure has a way with words, short, sweet and to the point is how I roll. I can do without the poop stains in his underwear, that is all.
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    No one has said that Rivers doesn't trust his O-line
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    He said he'd **** his pants pre-snap on every play if he was counting on Clary to protect him from 265 lbs LBs. Not sure how to make that shorter.
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    Huh.....that sounds interesting. Wonder how much it costs
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    I know what he was trying to say, I'm just asking if it was necessary?

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