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Philip Rivers addresses chance of Chargers drafting QB

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap30...vers-addresses-chance-of-chargers-drafting-qb

    Philip Rivers isn't getting any younger, but make no mistake: The 2018 Los Angeles Chargers are his team.

    The quarterback's coach said as much with the draft 10 days away and a crop of signal-callers available for selecting.

    "Philip, he's still playing like a young man," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said, per Chargers.com. "This is going to be his squad. If we bring in another quarterback, it's definitely a guy we feel like can sit for a couple of years and play behind Philip and learn, and maybe be the future."

    Yes, Lynn also gave the obligatory mention of the backups on the roster -- Cardale Jones and Geno Smith -- adding "I wouldn't look past those two right now." Eventually, though, a replacement must arrive for Rivers, whether its Jones, Smith or a draft pick. Rivers knows this, but he's also not conceding his job anytime soon.

    "I look around at places, some guys that have had far more success than I have had, and they're drafting quarterbacks," Rivers said, per Chargers.com. "So, it's inevitable. It's going to happen at some point. It's happened at other places, we all know where they are. And those guys are either still sitting, or they've been traded. ... You know at some point we are going to draft a guy, and I don't see that as any negative.

    "I think [Chargers GM] Tom [Telesco], [team president] John [Spanos] and Coach [Anthony] Lynn, these guys know my desire to continue going and hopefully play at a high level for a handful of more years. But at the same time, shoot, as an organization you've got to prepare for down the road. If the right guy [is there that] they see fit, at some point they're going to have to make that decision."

    Rarely does a veteran quarterback simultaneously sound so honest and yet so measured. Rivers is aware of his age, of how the professional game operates as a business, isn't insecure about his job but also isn't prepared to pass a torch to a new franchise quarterback.

    He's right, though: Eventually, the time will come. He's 36 years old and is entering his 15th season. But if we're talking performance, he still has plenty of gas left in his stubborn, sometimes spiteful tank.

    Rivers posted his fifth-straight 4,000-plus-yard season and a 28:10 TD-to-INT ratio in 2017, and save for a made kick or two, would have found himself back in the playoffs with a Chargers team that has plenty of promise. Rivers appears situated for one last multi-year run of success; he rightfully isn't eager to give up the keys.
     
  2. Harryo the K

    Harryo the K Well-Known Member

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    I read that before. Rivers should be smart enough to know that way it will really happen. A bad game, insert rookie/ young quarterback, team wins. Claim Rivers still the starter, has slight injury. Put him in another game, pull him when things are good ( to protect 'injury') or remove him as 'we try to win every game.' Claim he he is still their QB. Deny rumors of trade talk. Deny rumor of release for cap reasons. Say you think both players could be a factor. Eventually Charger trade him to a team in the AFC East.

    No SB ever for Rivers. No sympathy from me.
     
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  3. RaiderRay

    RaiderRay RIP SD Chargers...Go Padres, Gulls, Ducks, Raiders Staff Member Administrator Podcaster

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    Philip should play this season, retire then play for San Diego's new AAF team back in SDCCU Stadium!
     
  4. TTK

    TTK EX-Charger Fan

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    It's too bad he'll never win a ring. Philip is a good guy and a really likeable guy but he just wound up playing for a terrible franchise.
     
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  5. FiftyFive

    FiftyFive Dean Spanos is a traitor!

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    I mostly agree, though it's worth pointing out that he didn't improve his chances when he saved Norv's job multiple times and didn't force a trade to a contender when the move to LA was announced. He's just too loyal and blind to the fact that the Spanii only care about themselves.
     
  6. Gill Man

    Gill Man Inaugural San Diego Charger Fan Since 1962 FUDEAN Staff Member Moderator

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    fully concur. He was the one who wanted norb to stay. So basically his wishes re: having a wide open passing attack surmounted the needs of the team re: a HC who could actually win something. PR is a good guy just more about his passing #'s and blindly loyal to a crap HC who ruined that franchise for 7 years.
     
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    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    why would he want a ring? he's got enough money for the next three generations of Rivers'

    I just hope he doesn't get whacked and regrets playing when he should have retired
     
  8. ciscopack

    ciscopack BoltTalker

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    The Chargers don't need to draft a QB this year. They have a good team....make it stronger in the draft. No ones loves football more than Philip! Next year or the year after....get the future QB.....Phil can go 5 more if he wants. Give the NFL a tough time in the playoffs....fight for a ring.
     
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  9. Old School SD Fan

    Old School SD Fan View from the King's balcony!

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    Who else uses "shoot" in a sentence but Southern Man???? Classic.
     
  10. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

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    Shoot, I dont know... Golly...

    We are from Southern... California aint we?
     
  11. TTK

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    #FightForARing!
     
  12. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    You're darn tootin'!
     

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