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Rivers part of the Elite 8

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

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    The Great 8


    5. Philip Rivers

    Type of Quarterback: Steam Shovel of Efficiency/Stat Monster hybrid

    Career stats: 890 of 1,428, 62.3%, 10,697 yards, 7.5 YPA, 78 TD, 36 INT, 92.9 rating
    Best year: (2008) 312 of 478, 65.3%, 4,009 yards, 8.4 YPA, 34 TD, 11 INT, 105.5 rating
    Last year: 312 of 478, 65.3%, 4,009 yards, 8.4 YPA, 34 TD, 11 INT, 105.5 rating

    The Cold, Hard Football Fact: Rivers currently boasts the same career passer rating as Tom Brady (92.9).

    The straight dope: After a few years of displaying flashes, Rivers emerged as an elite NFL quarterback last year, leading the league in TD passes, YPA and passer rating and leading the Chargers to 27.4 PPG (second) and to an unusual AFC West title with a mere 8-8 record.

    In his first season as a starter (2006), the Chargers went 14-2. In his second, they went 11-5 and played for the AFC title before losing to the undefeated Patriots. In his third, the Chargers won the AFC West and went toe-to-toe with the eventual Super Bowl champ Steelers in Pittsburgh, before finally bowing, 35-24.

    In that Steelers game back in January, Rivers passed for 308 yards, 3 TDs and a 105.4 passer rating against one of the best pass defenses the NFL has produced in years.

    That’s a pretty good track record.

    Rivers also boasts a career passer rating of 92.9. If that number sounds familiar, it’s because it’s also Tom Brady’s career passer rating – good enough for fourth best all-time. (Rivers, however, needs 72 attempts to qualify for official NFL records – min. 1,500 attempts – which he should reach in Week 2 or Week 3).

    Rivers, in other words, has put together a pretty good career for himself. The problem, of course, is that the other two big-name members of the QB Class of 2004 – Ben Roethlsberger and Eli Manning – already boast nice shiny Super Bowl rings.

    The outlook for 2009: From the days of John Hadl, through the days of Dan Fouts, and through today, the Chargers organization has a long history of great regular-season offenses that never seem to come through in the playoffs. Rivers can change this history, and establish himself as a Top 4 NFL quarterback, with a Super Bowl run.

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  2. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
    This just validates what I knew all along about Rivers when we had to choose between him and you-know-who now in New Orleans. Rivers just has that "it" factor. Not the fastest guy with the strongest arm, but it's that grey matter between the ears that's the most important. I know the writer compared him to Brady, but Tom has the hardware that Rivers doesn't have yet. A Lombardi will just validate everything this organzation, AJ and the great players have been striving for. Let's get this thing DONE (Lombardi) finally this season!!!
  3. SD Native WY

    SD Native WY Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2008
    My prediction is Rivers is going to in the top 3 this next season. :tup::flag:

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

    Jul 11, 2006
    Get Rivers in the SB and you have a win, he is that good. Our former QB can throw the ball he just couldn't win games. Sound Familiar.
  5. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    We couldn't have gone wrong with either choice, really.
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  6. LV Bolt Fan

    LV Bolt Fan Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2006
  7. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2006
    got to admit I really like cold hard football facts stuff.
    this just furthers that:tup:

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