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Kevin Acee - Rivers hardly satisfied with his season so far

Discussion in 'American Football' started by wrbanwal, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    There's a video at the end of the article as well.

    PR has made two mistakes this year, if our defense hadn't put us in the hole in those games we wouldn't be talking about 3-5 records



    Philip Rivers leads the NFL in passer rating, touchdown passes and average gain per attempt.

    “That's why stats don't tell you the whole story,” Rivers said. “While I've been playing good, these last two games there have been critical mistakes that essentially cost us.”

    That's a little harsh on the self-criticism, but it's also the truth.

    The Chargers quarterback is perhaps the only position player on the team who has lived up to (or surpassed) expectations. He might be the only Charger headed to the Pro Bowl. He is better then he's ever been, by far.

    And he is terribly disappointed in himself.

    Fourth-quarter interceptions have eradicated possible comebacks the past two games, a span in which he completed 68 percent of his passes overall but left the field kicking himself.

    The Chargers defense has been a sieve, but Rivers has been giving gifts.

    He directly contributed to 10 points by the Buffalo Bills (in a nine-point loss) with two turnovers, including a fourth-quarter interception in the end zone that ended a drive that could have put the Chargers up by a point. The next week, his interception at the New Orleans 10-yard line with a little more than a minute to play halted what might have been a game-tying drive.

    And so, as the Chargers prepare to begin the second half of the season and everyone is blaming the other side of the ball for a horrible first half, one of the team's leaders is demonstrating what Chargers coaches have been pushing on the players for weeks: personal responsibility.

    “Are there other plays throughout that game from many other players that hurt us? Yeah,” Rivers said. “But I think that's the only way all of us can look at it is individually – if I would have done something different could it have changed the outcome? And there are four turnovers in two weeks, y'know. From a personal perspective there are not many plays I want back over the past two weeks except the turnovers. And those are huge; those are game-changing plays.”

    Rivers, whose passer rating of 107.8 is almost 25 points higher than at the midpoint of 2007, can't speak to how Ron Rivera will change the defense. He can speak to how he and his offensive teammates can do better than a 50-percent touchdown rate in the red zone, can stay on the field longer, not make mistakes that end drives and end games.

    “Rather than have a quarter that's good, then a couple three-and-outs, or playing good for a whole game and throw it to a team at the end, let's put it together and eliminate some of those things and we'll be winning (games),” Rivers said. “ We've done some pretty good things.

    “I think offensively we have this mind-set that we have to score one more point than the opponent. If we need to score 38, we've got to score 38. When you look at that (New Orleans) game, there's no reason we shouldn't have. There's going to be weeks or a week when our defense is going to hold them to three and we may be struggling, and we have to fight to get one score in the end zone. So it's a full team deal. There's no doubt about it.

    “It's not one side of the ball at all, because we go and watch that tape and there's play after play after play after play where we didn't execute or made some penalties or critical errors and turned it over five times in two weeks. That's no formula for winning. We are scoring some points, but we're not playing as well as we can.”

    All that being true, it is hard to imagine Rivers playing too much better.

    Coming off an offseason in which there were questions from the outside as to how healthy he would be, Rivers appears as mobile as ever. He is throwing the ball as well as ever.

    His 30 completions of 20 or more yards are third in the league. That includes 12 completions where he threw the ball more than 20 yards in the air. He had 44 completions of 20-plus yards in 2007 and just 20 in which the ball traveled more than 20 yards in the air.

    “I feel as good as I've felt at the midpoint of a season,” he said. “I feel confident, I'm playing well. What's driving me crazy is those couple ... those are game-finishing plays. Those should top off games rather than ruin them.”

  2. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

    Aug 20, 2006
    Meanwhile, somewhere in a Denver pot hole... Jay Cutler is just happy to be named "Mid-season MVP of the AFC West" by some fat dude's blog. :lol:
  3. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    Understatement of the year.

    And if everyone on this team played half as good as Rivers (I'm STARING at YOU defense!) we'd be undefeated.

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    I knew Philip would take the fall for this, dude is one hell of a man.
  5. TheBeast

    TheBeast BoltTalker

    Dec 17, 2007

    No he has balls and mans up EVEN THOUGH he's a top3 qb right now.

    Something that MOST of the def. lacks UNTIL otherwise proven.

  6. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

    Nov 11, 2007
    Just one more reason I freaking love this man so much.

    Seriously! :lol: F Bill Williamson and his Donkey love. PR > Cutler any day of the week, especially on Sundays.
  7. cranberry

    cranberry BoltTalker

    Oct 3, 2006
    Just right, man

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