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Philip Rivers: The Key to the San Diego Chargers' Success

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    January 26, 2009
    By Cole

    With all the speculation about LaDainian Tomlinson, I've decided to write about something a little more inspirational instead of depressing.

    Many San Diego fans have been undecided about whether they hate or love Philip Rivers. He has frustrated us many a time with his overthrown passes, and his clock management. For me, in 2008, my view of Philip Rivers took a 360 degree turn.

    Without Rivers at quarterback, our season would have surely been lost. The Broncos would have taken the AFC West Title, we would have finished with a losing record, and we probably would not have anything to look forward to next season. So, with that said, I would like to outline what makes Philip Rivers the key to San Diego's success, both in 2009 and in the seasons to come.

    The best quarterback quality that Rivers has is leadership. Many fans and players from opposing teams mistake his passion for arrogance, but if you really look into it, you will find that it is simply Rivers' way of leading the team.

    Rivers rarely ever blames another teammate for a mistake, and he will let another player know if it was "his bad". If Rivers does something stupid, you can always catch him getting frustrated with himself, and if put into that same situation later in the game, he more than likely will correct the mistake.

    In all the interviews I've seen, Rivers' teammates always have good things to say about Rivers. You can tell that they respect him, and when the players respect their quarterback, it goes a long way.

    In my opinion, Philip Rivers is a very underrated quarterback. He did not get a Pro Bowl invitation despite having the best quarterback rating in the NFL (105.5). I think a lot of this stemmed from the false perception that people have of Rivers, but it can also be attributed to the fact that they pick the Pro Bowlers way too early.

    Philip Rivers has also showed great improvement. From 2007 to 2008, Rivers' completion percentage went from 60 percent to 65 percent, and he also went from throwing 3,152 yards to 4,009 yards. Many other statistics have improved in a years time, and it is evident that Rivers will only get better.

    Most Charger fans now agree that San Diego is Rivers' team now, not LT's. Some people find that hard to accept, but it is inevitable.

    Rivers possesses intangible qualities that LT doesn't. Rivers is a guy that a team can rally around, and that is just what happened this year when the Chargers won five in a row and earned a spot in the playoffs.

    The futures of both San Diego and Rivers are bright, but at the same time, are directly intertwined. When Rivers does well, the team does well, so look out for Philip Rivers in 2009 because for those of you that still aren't sold, 2009 is the year you are going to believe.
     
  2. auctoritas

    auctoritas BoltTalker

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    Great post.:tup::tup::tup:
     
  3. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    PR = :wub:

    I would love soooo much to see him celebrating a Lombardi while all the haters lose their minds with envy. He's so misunderstood.... and so dreamy :lol:
     
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    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    I'm tellin yer hubby!:icon_eek:
     
  5. AnteaterCharger

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

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    Erik Kramer
    Jim Harbaugh (old and busted version)
    Moses Moreno
    Ryan Leaf
    Craig Wilhelm
    Doug Flutie
    .........quarterbacks we couldn't win under until Brees came



    Billy Joe Tolliver
    John Friesz
    Babe Lauffenburg
    a tiny list (its late, i'm in class, give me a break) of QBs we suffered under til Stan Humphries

    Yeah I'd say QBs were important
     
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  6. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    hahaha oh he knows :lol:


    and he teases me mercilessly!
     
  7. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    But wouldn't that mean the he came back to the same...ah screw it, I like Rivers :tup:
     
  8. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    SURE HE DOES! :icon_eek:

    :lol: :icon_tease:
     
  9. BOLTS4LIFE

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    I really wonder why the media hates him so much. Taking it that they have seen him mouthing off at the side lines but they have no idea what he was saying.
    Yet they love Cutler who's comparing himself to Elway before he's even has a winning season. :unsure:

    If Rivers started comparing himself to Fouts, the media would slam him!! :yes:
     
  10. Kwak

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    He was drafted by the O Guru, the Rat.
    The Draft guys were all slobbering over him when he was picked.
    He has a strong arm.
    His mechanics are solid.
    Jaws has been all over his jock on ESPN.

    That was all before:
    1) The Rivers v Cutler incident that has been reported as 1 sided. He came out the "good" guy, although it was reported in a Denver paper that he was either grabbing his jock or giving the sideline the finger. The writer call it an "unmentionable".

    2) Culter's diabetes.

    Culter has never won, but it has always been blamed on the "he never had the talent around him" stigma.

    Until Cutler does something extremely stupid, it is going to be this way.
     
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    I have diabetes. Do I get to be a local legend? :icon_shrug: :lol:
     
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  12. Johnny Lightning

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    When they were interviewing the two super bowl QB's Warner and Roethlisberger today it made me mad that Philip Rivers wasn't up there geting interviewed instead of Roethlisberger... [​IMG]


    Man I hate the steelers... :icon_evil:


    But I'm over it now... I'm ok... [​IMG] not...
     
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    No you need to sport that hair cut of his frist....umm...well....guess you are **** out of luck there.....










    :icon_tease:
     
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    That, I can respect. I recorded the Chargers/Broncos game and saw that he was shooting up on the side lines. I also think that Cutler has some potential to become something good.

    I just don't like how Rivers is made out to be a punk surrounded by great talent!!!! :icon_evil:

    FUK THE NFL!!
     
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    Fuk Jay Cutler:tdown:
     
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    Not until you lead your team to multiple losing seasons. :no:
     
  17. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    I dont think I can achieve the level of suckitude that he has risen to....

    :no: :unsure: :icon_sad:
     
  18. Sydalish

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    I BELIEVE! :icon_tease:

    :lol:
     
  19. Johnny Lightning

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    I don't know why Rivers is not going to the Pro Bowl his knee looks fine to me...
     
  20. Buck Melanoma

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    Why chance it? The Pro Bowl is a farce anyway.
     
  21. Johnny Lightning

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    If he played it would be only what maybe 10 plays and the D doesn't really rush that hard in the Pro Bowl...



    Plus he could hang out with Citler... :lol:
     
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  23. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    Philip is just a link in the chain and we all know he isn't the weak link.
     
  24. Buck Melanoma

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    You're helping my case .... :yes:
     
  25. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    If Chower really wanted and got Rivers back in 04 like it was rumored, Philip would playing in his second Super Bowl today. Is this something for him to consider during contract negotiations?
     
  26. Retired Catholic

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    Rivers is definitely not the reason we don't have a Lombardi yet. He IS the reason we have been in the playoffs.
     
  27. wrbanwal

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    Pittsburgh has the SB recipe,

    Defense - Lead the league in points allowed - check
    Strong rushing attack - check
    Protect the QB - (4th in the league in sacks) - check
    Minimize mistakes - check

    Hey AJ!! Here's your blueprint!! Now get your *** to work!!


    :icon_evil::icon_evil::icon_evil:
     
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    You forgot one....

    pay off the refs - check
     
  29. LV Bolt Fan

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    That's Denvers blueprint. :lol:
     

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