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Quarterback development: Philip Rivers comparison

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by loweezy, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. loweezy

    loweezy BoltTalker

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    I know there is a lot of Rivers hate going around lately. Rivers is clearly a QB that is developing.

    It's true that it is his 4th year, but only 2nd year starting. But what fans need to realize is that QBs take time to develop. Let's take a look at some of the "elite" qb's progress over the years...

    Drew Brees
    2002 qb rating 76.9 (his 1st full year starting)
    2003 qb rating 67.5
    2004 qb rating 104.8
    2005 qb rating 89.2
    2006 qb rating 96.2
    2007 qb rating 84.8

    Ben Roethlisberger
    2004 qb rating 98.1
    2005 qb rating 98.6
    2006 qb rating 75.4
    2007 qb rating 110.2

    Peyton Manning
    1998 qb rating 71.2
    1999 qb rating 90.7
    2000 qb rating 94.7
    2001 qb rating 84.1
    2002 qb rating 88.8
    2003 qb rating 99.0
    2004 qb rating 121.1
    2005 qb rating 104.1
    2006 qb rating 101.0
    2007 qb rating 90.8

    Tom Brady
    2001 qb rating 86.5
    2002 qb rating 85.7
    2003 qb rating 85.9
    2004 qb rating 92.6
    2005 qb rating 92.3
    2006 qb rating 87.9
    2007 qb rating 131.8

    Now... Philip Rivers after the past 2 years starting...

    2006 qb rating 92.0
    2007 qb rating 77.9

    MOST QB's, even the great ones struggle at some point in their career. Whether it be a couple games, a long stretch of games, inconsistency, a whole season, a couple seasons, it's not all smooth sailing. Rivers is still learning the position. He's shown glimpses of what he's capable of. Why not give him the time to progress as an elite QB? The biggest problem is our expectations as a team run high, and so the fans are that much more impatient. We want to win now with the talent we have and while our "window" is open. But the reality is, Rivers is our franchise QB. To give up on him would throw this team into a further tailspin.
     
  2. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    It's the microwave mentality, put your thanksgiving dinner in, press button viola. The feast is done in three minutes.
     

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