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3rd year rookie.

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by loweezy, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. loweezy

    loweezy BoltTalker

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    Rookie by definition: Rook-ie [rook-ee] – noun: An athlete playing his or her first season as a member of a professional sports team. With a new season on the horizon, “rookie” quarterback Philip Rivers took the practice field delighted to be given the opportunity to take the reigns of starting quarterback for one of the leagues most talented franchises. However, many question marks arose. Had the Chargers made a mistake in offering virtually no resistance in the departure of incumbent and former pro-bowl quarterback Drew Brees? With the rift between head coach and general manager growing by the minute, one couldn’t help but materialize how close the Chargers were to closing their window of opportunity. Off the field incidences, coupled with what many suspected to be the Chargers biggest setback: the “Rookie.”

    Yet, after 11 games Philip Rivers has catapulted the Chargers to the number 1 offense in the NFL and a 9 and 2 record. Rivers hasn’t disappointed, while throwing 15 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. While many touted Rivers to be merely a game manager for the bolts, it is Rivers arm that has helped to push the Chargers over the hump in games that seemingly were un-winnable in recent memory. Some rookie huh?

    As of today, the Broncos have replaced quarterback Jake Plummer, with a true rookie. Rookie Jay Cutler, takes the reigns of a playoff bound team in the midst of a wild card dogfight. Cutler presumably will lead the Broncos into the future. Is the future now? Apparently, the stigma that followed “rookie” quarterback Philip Rivers into the 2006 season, is not being applied to the true rookie Jay Cutler.

    My question is why? Rivers resume is perhaps among the best in the history of collegiate quarterbacks. And while Cutler was among the highest rated quarterbacks taken in this year’s draft, he was still taken after two other highly touted quarterbacks in Vince Young and Matt Leinart. And while clearly, those other two may not be in the same position as Cutler, they sure have had their ups and downs this season. Meanwhile, Cutler has been groomed for the past 11 games. Rivers was groomed for 2 seasons. Why the stigma? Has media bias gotten carried away? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this Chargers team was among the upper exhalant in terms of league talent.

    The Chargers are now sitting on top of the division at 9 and 2 and the Broncos are sitting in the middle of a heated playoff chase. Insert the true rookie Jay Cutler. That’s fine. And while I don’t know what the outcome will be at the end of this season, I like the Chargers chances with their 3rd year rookie. :bolt:
     
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  2. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

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    Rivers might have started the season as a 3rd year Rookie but he's going to come out of the season a 4th year veteran:icon_banana:
     
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    Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan Well-Known Member

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    Excellent post! :tup:
     
  4. loweezy

    loweezy BoltTalker

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    Thank you Jay Cutler... for adding insight to my post. =x
     

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