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Just A Good Damn Read I Stole

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Trumpet_Man, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://www.realfootball365.com/nfl/articles/2006/06/philip-rivers-chargers300606.html

    After two years of patiently waiting, Philip Rivers has finally received the call he had been waiting for.

    Few quarterbacks drafted in the Top 5 of the NFL Draft are ever asked to wait. Quite the contrary; very few drafted that high have the luxury of being groomed and gradually working themselves into the starting lineup. In fact, had he not stood strong on his contract demands he may have replaced Drew Brees as the starter Week 1.

    I would be foolish to proclaim that Rivers, an unproven third-year quarterback, will make an instant impact for the San Diego Chargers . It is well documented that few end up as a Roethlisberger, or better yet, a Culpepper-type phenomenon (Daunte also sat the bench initially). Even the quarterback Rivers was traded for, Eli Manning, had his struggles early on and San Francisco's Alex Smith did even worse. So what makes Rivers different? Why should he perform well early on, when so few have done the same? The reason his future looks so bright may lie in his past.

    Just because he sat for a few years many more doubters have come out of the woodworks, as if the reason he was drafted so high has already been forgotten. While college credentials don't always translate to success in the NFL, they must be noted in this instance because they are so impressive. Rivers finished his career at NC State as the second-leading passer in NCAA history. He threw for the fifth-most touchdown passes (95) in NCAA history and started all 51 games in his four year career, which is again the NCAA record. He was also the first quarterback in ACC history to throw for 3,000 yards in three different seasons.

    Probably the most important stat, and one of the biggest reasons Drew Brees was let go, he excels in the most pressure-packed situations. He completed 110 of 161 passes in four bowl games for 1,200+ yards, 10 touchdowns, and only three interceptions, receiving MVP honors in all of those games. When it came down to make-or-break moments for the San Diego Chargers , more often than not, it was Brees that broke. Never having won a playoff game in his career, coupled with the severe shoulder injury - the seriousness of which Drew Brees and his agent were not forthright about - left A.J. Smith and company with the difficult decision of moving on without him.

    In the smooth Southern drawl he has always spoke with, Rivers shows no signs of concern for the future, "I'm confident that I can succeed at this level as well and I'm excited about the opportunity to get out there and show not only what I can do but, more importantly, what this team can do with me in there."

    As good as Drew Brees was, there must have been a pretty strong reason for the San Diego Chargers to let him walk. The injury to Brees certainly weighed heavily on A.J. Smith, but that wasn't the reason why. ............... CLICK ON THE LINK TO READ THE REST
     
  2. Edgar

    Edgar BoltTalker

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    Trumpy....if I did not know better I would think you actually wrote that article.

    Brees was a gamer in the Jets game - he was a gamer leading us back to victory against the Eagles last year....only to have Reche cough it up.

    I admit, however, it is going to be great to see Rivers lead us to a Superbowl. And, obviously, if this guy is right.....we should be there rather shortly!:tup:
     
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  3. goboilers

    goboilers BoltTalker

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    Booooooooooooooo :icon_mrgreen:
     
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  4. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    I have skillz but not those kind of skillz. :icon_mrgreen: I will stick to my short one liners and the tailgaters and playing the horn....oh and rooting for the Chargers. :icon_mrgreen:
     
  5. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Freaking Purdue heathens of the evil empire. :lol:
     
  6. Kwak

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    Good read. I guess someone else gets it.

    Brees also almost choked away the Redskins and Colts game. LT bailed him out in Skins game and Turner in the Colts.
     
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    The shiny monument called Lombardi shall strike a dagger in the heart of the evil empire. :icon_mrgreen:
     
  8. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Hey good to see you here Kwak.....make sure you hook up with SanDiegoRON for TIX for the Bolt Niners game !!!

    We are going to party !!!
     
  9. CrmWestwood

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    I am actually the author of that article, so I'd like to say thank you for your support!

    I right a weekly article about the Chargers on that site...thanks very much for reading!!!
     
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  10. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    I like your work man! Reps to you!
     
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  11. CrmWestwood

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    Thank You... Concu, whoa-that rhymed :icon_rofl:
     

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