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Good article on PR

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay #FireMcCoy #FirePagano Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=nfl/news/abn4124837.htm

    Sports Network) - Unless you are a fan of the San Diego Chargers, you are probably not the biggest fan of quarterback Philip Rivers. The fourth-year pro has made a habit of rubbing people the wrong way. There's the jawing with fans, and the more boisterous jawing with inebriated fans. There's the flamboyant gesticulation every time an official's flag falls in favor of the opposing team. There's the emotional outbursts when walking off the field after burning a timeout. There's the constant bickering with opponents, and not just defenders on the field (see Christmas Eve and Jay Cutler).

    True, there are myriad reasons to dislike the man who replaced Drew Brees (in fact, that in and of itself could be a reason). However, after the AFC Championship game on Sunday, even those who dislike Philip Rivers must respect him.

    After being listed as doubtful and not practicing much all week, Rivers played on what was thought to just be a bum knee. Hobbling in and out of the huddle, and limping noticeably after the snap, Rivers was remarkably productive, throwing for 211 yards. Granted, he barely completed 50 percent of his passes (19-37) and he threw two interceptions, including one on an underthrown ball that was a textbook example of why quarterbacks must be able to plant hard when going deep.

    That aside, anyone who watched Rivers on Sunday saw a quarterback gallantly swallowing his pain and, without the services of his star running back, LaDainian Tomlinson, making enough big plays in timely situations to keep his club in it.

    "I've never been around the mental toughness," said Chargers head coach and renowned quarterback connoisseur Norv Turner. "I've never been around an attitude like that. Then, to go and play the way he did, it's one for the books. I think it says a lot about him as a person."

    It said more Monday, when it was discovered that Rivers' bum knee was in fact a torn ACL - the queen of spades among football players. What was originally thought to be a partial tear became the type of tear that leaves one's knee, "totally gone," as Rivers later put it.

    Rivers's ability to take the field, remarkable as it is, was aided by a covert arthroscopic surgical procedure performed the Monday following San Diego's divisional round victory over Indianapolis.

    "If I don't do that Monday, I had no chance of playing," Rivers said. For a man who has taken more than a little heat for running his mouth, Rivers sure proved capable of shutting up and being a leader. His reward is unwavering admiration from his teammates and peers, and what optimists are calling a four-to six-month rehabilitation period. If all goes well, Rivers will be back to normal come September. If all goes as recent history suggests, Rivers might be healthy enough to play this September, but normality won't return until 2009.

    "I like to think of myself as a fast healer, so I'll be ready, for sure, for the season," Rivers said.

    If nothing else, he has earned the benefit of the doubt.

    SAN DIEGO OUTLOOK IN 2008

    At first glance, the Chargers may once again be a trendy preseason Super Bowl pick in 2008 (a lot will depend on the status of Rivers). The core of the offense - save for maybe backup running back Michael Turner - will be back in 2008, with second-year receiver Legedu Naanee likely being a bigger piece to the puzzle, and fourth-year wideout Vincent Jackson being an upper-tier No. 2 opposite Chris Chambers.

    But what sets San Diego apart is its defense. Already one of the preeminent units in the league, the Chargers will receive a boost by having stud cornerback Antonio Cromartie in the starting lineup for all 16 games (Cromartie, who made the All-Pro team this season, started just eight games prior to the playoffs). Opposite him will be Quentin Jammer, a veteran corner who has finally touched down on what should be some very stellar prime years in his career.

    Augmenting Cromartie's presence is the impending development of safety Eric Weddle, one of the more versatile weapons on the field. If Weddle can continue his ascension and inside linebacker Stephen Cooper picks up where he left off, then Ted Cottrell will have one of the league's more talented bunch of defenders to surround what is perhaps already the league's most talented bunch of defenders (Shawne Merriman, Luis Castillo, Shaun Phillips and Jamal Williams).

    NEXT UP

    Seemingly half of San Diego's organization will be in Honolulu for the Pro Bowl in three weeks. Eight Chargers made the roster - though not all are expected to play - and, because they lost the conference championship game, Norv Turner and his staff will handle the coaching duties.
     
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  2. Buck Melanoma

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    Nice. Thanks, Ray. :tup:
     
  3. Gridreaper

    Gridreaper BoltTalker

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    Ditto...thanks Ray, very encouraging words:tup:
     
  4. boltmanbz

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    PR will be in the probowl next year
     
  5. wrbanwal

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    you know, looking back, maybe it was a blessing in disguise we didn't make to the Super Bowl. Chances are, PR would not have been able to start and if he did the surgery would have been put off a couple weeks at the very least.


    He really made some strides as THE leader of the offense


    :tup:
     
  6. boltmanbz

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    no question Rivers is the leader on this team
     
  7. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    Rivers is the bomb diggity
     
  8. 400HZ

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    <-- Much man love for Mr. Rivers.
     
  9. Prito James

    Prito James BoltTalker

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    He is the ****.:yes:
     
  10. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    yay RAY
    yay RIVERS
    Yay BOLTTALK AND CHARGERS!!!
     
  11. Retired Catholic

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    Thanks. Now I'm even more anxious for the next season than usual.
     
  12. WonderSlug

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    After he wins the Super Bowl..... :tup::yes:
     

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