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Brees vs Rivers

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <p>Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nfldraftblitz.com/ChargersColumn.htm">NFL Draft Blitz</a></p>
    <p>By Loren S. Casuto</p>
    <p><img width="164" height="115" align="left" alt="Drew Brees and Philip Rivers" title="Drew Brees and Philip Rivers" src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/breesrivers.jpg" />Ladies and Gentlemen, this article will mark my one year anniversary with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nfldraftblitz.com">NFLDRAFTBLITZ.COM</a>. I hope all of you have enjoyed my articles, insight and analysis as well as trading emails discussing Charger football. And to celebrate the completion of my first year with NDB, I am going to do something I never wanted to do. I am diving head first into the Philip Rivers/Drew Brees mess.</p>
    <p>If you have been following my work on NDB I have avoided talking about this issue for two reasons: first is that it is the Chargers version of walking into a crossfire. Even if you walk a perfect path, your going to take hits from Brees and Rivers supporters along with the occasional potshot from an oddball (such as; I got email from a guy, who identified himself as Cleo Lemon's number one fan [Cleo Lemon was the Chargers third string quarterback traded to the Dolphins at the trading deadline] who said that since Lemon did better then either Rivers or Brees in pre-season, Lemon should have been the starting QB. He also thought that because Lemon did so well and was traded, that the Chargers can't stand the idea of a successful black quarterback.). The second reason is simpler; even though it is the biggest topic of discussion amongst Charger fans, this topic bores me. And since I'm the columnist, I can pick what I want to discuss as long as it is relevant to the Chargers now. But the calls from Charger fans who have been asking for an article going over this issue have grown louder since the end of 2005. So at last, this article will give the fans what they want.</p>
    <p>Before New Years Eve 2005, it would have appeared that Drew Brees would stay on as Chargers quarterback and Philip Rivers would be traded, hopefully for a first round pick. And then safety John Lynch of the Denver Broncos, a San Diego native, threw everything into turmoil and confusion. When Lynch stripped the ball from Drew Brees, Brees dove to recapture the ball and got his arm caught in a pile. Brees suffered a torn labrum on his throwing arm, usually a season ending injury. When Brees went down Philip Rivers stepped up and though he had his moments, Lynch and the Broncos beat the Chargers. How Brees is doing depends on who you talk to; there are rumors that Brees is three weeks ahead of schedule and there are rumors he is behind schedule. In all honesty, until Drew Brees actually throws a ball, there is no real way to gauge his recovery. And he will not recover until the pre-season. In the meanwhile Philip Rivers has become the most talked about second stringer since Earl Morrall as trade rumors abound with both he and Brees going to Detroit, Arizona, Baltimore, the Jets, Tennessee and even Cincinnati.</p>
    <p>As of now, Drew Brees is tentatively the starting quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. What you see with Drew Brees is what you get, and what you get reminds me very much of a Trent Dilfer or a Dan Fouts. He is a managing quarterback; he will never be a real superstar a'la Brett Favre but by the same token if you give him weapons, he can lead you to victory. He's cool and confident in the face of pressure situation and has good accuracy in his throws. He can make the tough throws, not as often as you might like but over 50% of the time. Brees can spread the ball around very well even though he might stare down one receiver but he does a good job at checking down and dumping the ball off. He is a proven winner with support and, if called upon, he can take the load of the other people on the team for a game or two off. He also can take a hit and keep on ticking as has been shown. He's not a superstar but he's definitely a quarterback that could win a championship.</p>
    <p>The rap on Drew Brees is that, again, what you see if what you get. 2005 is probably the kind of year, on average, you will get from him. As such 2004 is likely the best you can get out of his abilities. He can not throw a good deep ball; I've never seen him hit a receiver in stride on a throw of more then fifty yards (For one example, the 2005 Colts game when he hit Keenan McCardell on a throw in the shadow of his goal-line. KM almost stopped to catch the ball whereas if he had been hit in stride he would have been gone for a touchdown. Same goes on a seventy yard bomb to Eric Parker in 2004 against the Bucs; Parker actually stopped to catch the ball). Though he is still a young quarterback who could and should improve, it is doubtful he will get better on the long ball at this point and time. He makes more dumb mistakes, some of which let teams back into the game (at Denver, at Indianapolis), then you would prefer a veteran to make. Every QB makes those mistakes, but Brees seems to make more of them and more costly ones. He does need a supporting cast and is not a quarterback that will make everyone around him better, nor can he shoulder the load long term. While his accuracy is good he does have the tendency to force a ball into double or even triple coverage, while not checking down his other receivers, and his accuracy isn't that good,.</p>
    <p>Now we get to Philip Rivers; the fourth overall pick in 2004 has been on the bench for two years, playing only at the end of the 2004 and 2005 season. Because of that, the positives are from what critics and coaches saw in college and from his few performances in the NFL. Rivers has the prototypical size for a quarterback at 6'5 228lbs, has a lightning quick release and outstanding accuracy. Rivers' calling card out of college was that he could manage a team with great accuracy and smart decisions that would not lead to turnovers. Rivers is a very fiery quarterback with great attitude, determination and desire and plays hard every single down. He was a winner throughout college as well as becoming the MVP of all four bowl games he played in, and that's an amazing accomplishment.</p>
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