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Rivers has an impressive coming-out party

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    By Neil Hayes

    <img width="226" height="324" align="left" alt="Philip Rivers showed on Sunday that he will be an elite quarterback." title="Philip Rivers showed on Sunday that he will be an elite quarterback." src="http://msnbcmedia3.msn.com/j/getty/71465394jm028_san_diego_cha.widec.jpg" />Welcome Philip Rivers into the fraternity of top-notch NFL quarterbacks. There's no other alternative after the Chargers' first-year starter at quarterback rallied his team from a 21-point halftime deficit to a 49-41 victory over the desperate Cincinnati Bengals.

    <p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" />Not even the ultra-conservative Marty Schottenheimer can get inside this guy's head.
    It's not as if Marty wanted to put the game in Rivers' hands, not when he owns one of the league's best defenses and the best running back in the NFL in LaDainian Tomlinson. But he had no choice when his team trailed 28-7 at the break.
    </p><p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" />Rivers completed 24 of 36 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns in what will go down as his coming-out party. As impressive as his numbers were, what separates Rivers from other young quarterbacks is his ability to manage a game.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack">He just doesn't make the type of mistakes that plague other young quarterbacks (see Rex Grossman). What's the best thing you can say about Rivers? That's easy. He won Schottenheimer over. Marty loathes turnovers and mistakes more than any NFL coach. Rivers has won his trust. That speak volumes.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack">Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in football. People will quickly point out that Tom Brady has won three Super Bowls. They're right, of course. But at this point in the season Manning is the best quarterback in the game. You don't have to be a Manning fan or a Colts fans to hope that he can finally deliver in the big game and legitimize what has been an incredible career to this point.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" />That said, here is one man's list of the top 10 quarterbacks as the NFL wades into the second half.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" /><strong></strong><strong>1. Peyton Manning: </strong>Don Shula said Manning does more at the line of scrimmage than any quarterback in history. That's a mouthful considering a lot of the all-time greats - Johnny Unitas comes immediately to mind - called their own plays at the line of scrimmage.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" /><strong></strong><strong>2. Tom Brady: </strong>Which would you rather have, Bill Belichick or Brady? As was the case when Bill Walsh and Joe Montana were winning Super Bowls in San Francisco, the best coach and the best quarterback just might be employed by the same team. It's an awfully tough combination to overcome.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" /><strong></strong><strong>3. Donovan McNabb: </strong>The more you watch the Eagles the more you realize he's all they have. Even without Terrell Owens, McNabb is off to one of the best starts of his career. Imagine what he could do if he had more playmakers at his disposal.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack"><strong></strong><strong>4. Drew Brees: </strong>New team, new coach, new offense, coming of shoulder surgery ... When was the last time a quarterback facing so much change looked so natural in an offense? Had Miami signed Brees instead of Daunte Culpepper they might well be fulfilling expectations. Too bad he can't stop Willie Parker.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" /><strong></strong><strong>5. Philip Rivers: </strong>Unlike Grossman, Rivers is a young quarterback who you can turn lose without worrying about him making game-changing mistakes. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have Tomlinson lining up behind you in the backfield. Still, this guy is a stud.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" /><strong></strong><strong>6. Carson Palmer: </strong>He might not always look like the player he was before he injured his knee last season, but he proved again Sunday (31 of 42 for 440 yards and three touchdowns) that he ranks among the best in the league. Expect a big second half.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" /><strong></strong><strong>7. Michael Vick: </strong>Just when you think he's turned a corner he regresses. Just when you think he's never going to be a championship-caliber quarterback he turns in a near-flawless performance. It's hard to ultimately judge him until the Falcons get some receivers.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" /><strong></strong><strong>8. Brett Favre: </strong>Hard not to rank the old master after the day he had against the Vikings. He's old, sure, and probably not the player he once was, but if you give him enough weapons he will beat you. On Sunday, he looked like he could play for two or three more years.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" /><strong></strong><strong>9. Steve McNair: </strong>He engineered the biggest comeback in Ravens' history, which is exactly what he was brought to Baltimore to do."  He's getting more comfortable in this offense. He makes the Ravens an intriguing darkhorse in the AFC.</p>
    <p class="textBodyBlack"><span id="byLine" /><strong></strong><strong>10. Rex Grossman: </strong>Last week he deserved to be ranked much lower. In the first quarter of the Bears 38-20 win over the Giants he deserved to be ranked much lower. That's the problem with Grossman. He's either terrific or terrible. This week he overcame a rocky start to lead the Bears to a huge win.</p>
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