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2013 Rivers in the Books

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Jesse Kemp, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Jesse Kemp

    Jesse Kemp BoltTalker

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    Better coaching, smarter scheme, more talent... what a difference.

    378/544, 4478 yards, 69% completion, 8.2 YPA, 32 TD, 11 INT, 105 QB rating.

    And this was with his starting wide receivers missing a combined 30 games.

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  2. matilack

    matilack #therealagent47

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    If you'd told me in August those would be his stats, and that RM would rush for 1255 yards and not get hurt...I'd have told you we were a 12 win team.

    The defense regressed this year, we had some coaching slips, came out flat a few times, chickened out in the redzone way too often...but if we come together in January we could make a real run with this team.

    Not saying it will happen, but it could!
     
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  3. BoltsNHoes

    BoltsNHoes I gotta have me my....

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    I love how every so called "expert" and media parrot was ready to stick a fork in Rivers. Competent coaching and faith in your quarterback go a long way.


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  4. Jesse Kemp

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    Yes, pundits were all too willing to ignore the net effect of having a horrible offense line while asking Rivers to run a 5-7 step drop offense.
     
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  5. LT-Express

    LT-Express Bolttalk.com Janitor since 06' Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Getting the plays in quicker, and allowing Rivers more time to read the defense and audible pre snap has made a huge difference as well.
     
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  6. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    All the above!
     
  7. BoltFanDC

    BoltFanDC Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear...

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    This season was an example of what happens when the system and team are actually a good and proper fit for each other.

    Now I just hope we don't lose Whiz.
     
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  8. matilack

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    I would say they were almost eager to write him off, the same way they were to draw him as the villain in the Cutler vs Rivers days.

    Not sure why.
     
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  9. Jesse Kemp

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    This isn't meant to be an SD pity party, but I really think it's a small market issue. The media makes money by getting people to tune in. San Diego Charger fans make up a tiny % of the overall NFL fan market. So making Rivers into someone that the majority of fans love to hate is just good business. I believe that's exactly why he was cast as the villain back in 2007 with Cutler-- way more Bears fans out there with coveted eyes and ears. They were totally willing to tick off the small group of Chargers fans if it meant pleasing the much larger segment of Chicago faithful.

    It doesn't help that he's basically incapable of toning down his emotions (which I love, but it's a double edged sword). But while it's been very, very slow, he has managed to change a lot of perceptions around the league. That post-Denver NFLN interview was really good for his image.
     
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    I mostly agree, Jesse, though I may ascribe a little less intention, on the part of the media.
    The Cutler thing, for instance was probably more an issue of camera angles and misunderstanding,
    than any desire for a specific narrative. And, while I love Philip (and do feel that because of the lack of hardware,
    + playing in San Diego, he hasn't been given his due, nationwide)
    , I admit that if he was on an opposing team, yes,
    I'd probably be disparaging his constant pleas to the refs, never mind the public endorsement of Santorum. :eek:
     
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  11. Sydalish

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    Except the Cutler stuff happened when he was in Denver, not Chicago.

    But you're right about the post game NFLN interview being a big image booster, if only bc it showed everyone watching who Rivers really is. A good guy with questionable fashion taste who is a total geek for football :inlove:


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  12. Jesse Kemp

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    Right you are. My bad on that one.
     

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