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Rivers Won't Talk About San Diego's Super Bowl Chances

In an interview for the new issue of Sporting News, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers resists the temptation to join in the growing chorus that thinks this year will be the year that San Diego finally wins an NFL championship.
Asked whether the Bolts will win the next Super Bowl, Rivers tells Steve Greenberg, “I don’t even want to say yes because for two offseasons now there’s been so much hype around this town and in the national media that this is the most talented team in football — the Chargers have got this and this and this — and then we’ve gone 1-3 and 0-2.  We’ve been battled tested, faced every situation we could face, had every type of adversity.  You can kind of just sense now in our locker room, ‘Let’s be quiet and go play and get it done.’”
Rivers also commented on the 2004 draft-day trade that brought him to San Diego along with picks that became linebacker Shawne Merriman and kicker Nate Kaeding, in exchange for quarterback Eli Manning, who made clear his desire not to play for the Chargers.
“I like to think the Chargers got the best end of the deal,” Rivers said.  “When you think about what Merriman has meant to this team, and Nate Kaeding’s one of the top kickers in this league, we have greatly benefited from it.”
Of course, the Giants have won a Super Bowl with Manning.  Though Rivers won’t say it directly, it sounds like he thinks that, come February 2010, the Chargers will have won one, too.

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  1. vegas42 says: May 24, 2009 3:10 PM

    As a Broncos fan, I detested Rivers at this time last year. Now that the dust has settled from the Cutler trade, I am starting to think maybe Cutler was more (if not totally) to blame for the feud with Rivers. Rivers comes across as a pretty classy individual in this piece….

  2. jermely says: May 24, 2009 3:16 PM

    I’m gonna go ahead and say it, the Raiders will win a Superbowl before the Chargers.. Probably not in the next couple of years, but before the Chargers.. :)

  3. ParkerFly says: May 24, 2009 3:17 PM

    “Growing chorus of people who think they’ll win the super bowl”? Did they forget Norv Turner is still the Charger’s head coach?

  4. musines says: May 24, 2009 3:18 PM

    Rivers has always been a classy guy. His feud with Cutler was all contrived, and nourished by Cutler to keep himself in the news. I think everybody has now found out what kind of guy Cutler is. I doubt Rivers would have whined that much if his name was mentioned in a trade.

  5. nedirect says: May 24, 2009 3:20 PM

    the chargers are always favored to “win it all” in May. Come December we are all saying wtf happened? these guys are all a bunch of highly talented, over glamorised, underachievers. it all starts with number 21 and goes right down the roster.

  6. BuckFutter says: May 24, 2009 3:20 PM

    The Chargers have to at least win the AFC Title before they can even think about the Lombardi.
    Say what you want about Stan Humphries….but he at least got the team there.

  7. Favre2012 says: May 24, 2009 3:25 PM

    @ Florio
    Could you give us more evidence of “the growing chorus that thinks this year will be the year that San Diego finally wins an NFL championship”? I’d like to find more people to ridicule. Tomlinson’s done, Merriman hasn’t been the same without the ‘roids, and Rivers has never won anything. And then there’s Norv. Who the hell is picking the Chargers over the Patriots?

  8. VonClausewitz says: May 24, 2009 3:30 PM

    Well they sure have a cakewalk thru their division and will have the whole season to tinker with finding the right balance. So there’s gonna be a lot of talk about this being their year (again) for much of the season simply because of it. The unknown is how will they do when it’s clutch. Rivers has talked a lotta talk but has yet to deliver. Maybe this time he’ll get lucky and his big mouth will finally write a cheque his ass can cash.

  9. ronmexico says: May 24, 2009 3:34 PM

    I swear I’ve read this article before the last 3 years……

  10. myusernamestinks says: May 24, 2009 3:38 PM

    I don’t know how Rivers can be considered classy just because Cutler proved himself to be a bitch. Cutler isn’t the only player-or fan-Rivers has baited during games. He pretty much behaved last season, but still, San Diego’s barren trophy case will argue that New York got the better end of that trade.

  11. edgerules says: May 24, 2009 3:38 PM

    If they could not win the Lombardi a couple of years ago with Schottenheimer when they were 14-2, had home field advantage and could not beat the Patriots when Brady was not having a great game that day, how on earth are they going to win one with Norv Turner?
    Turner is a nice guy, but not a great coach.

  12. dolphin fan says: May 24, 2009 3:40 PM

    Super Bowl? Did they replace Norv?

  13. PackDaddy says: May 24, 2009 4:02 PM

    hey at least the guy is being honest. but he does deserve credit for the majority of the charger’s offense production last year, and he was 5th in passing yards. and for the haters, it was enough to get to the playoffs and give the team a chance at least

  14. TheDPR says: May 24, 2009 4:51 PM

    I’ve never understood the Shawne Merriman hype. The guy’s put up journeyman tackling stats in this league when he’s played and he’s never played a full 16 games. He’s a good blitzing LB and racks up some sacks but that’s kind of a one-trick pony since he’s either mediocre or a liability doing anything else.
    And Norv Turner will never win a championship as a head coach. Andy Reid will win one before he does.

  15. Football is life says: May 24, 2009 5:37 PM

    8-8 last season. “PLAYOFFS?”… “PLAYOFFS?”

  16. teddybayer says: May 24, 2009 5:45 PM

    you don’t hear Super Bowl stuff from any Massholes, right? Course not. Hoodie wouldn’t allow it. But Norv does, again and again.
    Maybe if he had a facial peel, get rid of all the pick marks it might be the fresh start, so to speak, the team needs.
    Wait. That would still leave AJ Smith and any Spanos’. No chance. Not even out of the AFC West.
    Norv Turner, indeed.

  17. Facts Domino says: May 24, 2009 6:34 PM

    Super Bowl Rings since the 04 draft.
    Eli Manning 1
    J.(ack) A.(ss) Smith and all of his draft picks ZERO!

  18. fjrain says: May 24, 2009 6:56 PM

    Philip Rivers was the #1 rated quarterback in the NFL in 2008! LT got hurt in the first half of the first game of the season. Gates wasn’t 100% all year. The defense almost totally collapsed. Chris Chambers disappeared after week six. Vincent Jackson didn’t show up for every game and the offensive line was mediocre at best and Rivers still got them to a divisional playoff game. Led the league in touchdowns and didn’t make the pro bowl. Cutler made the pro bowl but he had plenty of time to prepare because he was sitting home during the playoffs.

  19. Boltschick says: May 24, 2009 7:17 PM

    Growing chorus who thinks the Chargers will win it all?
    LOL. Florio doesn’t expect the Chargers to even make the playoffs. No, he thinks the Raiders could win the AFC West.
    And none of the pre-season power rankings even put the Chargers near the top. Just like always, the Colts are ranked higher.

  20. joetoronto says: May 24, 2009 7:27 PM

    Did I just see Super Bowl and Chargers in the same sentence?
    Naw, can’t be.

  21. Emmet50 says: May 24, 2009 7:32 PM

    Please explain to me somebody how Eli Manning is better than Phil Rivers because he has won a superbowl which is what Florio implies. Manning has been mediocre for most of his Giants career but played mistake free football for five weeks and suddenley he’s a “franchise qb”. Even in the famous superbowl they only scored 17 points against an ageing defence despite dominating field position and a strong rushing performance. The last three years Rivers has a 92 passer rating and 62 percent completions compared to Manning’s 76 passer rating and 55 percent completions. qed

  22. gary says: May 24, 2009 7:35 PM

    Norv Turner still head coach????? No way of getting to a Super Bowl and Rivers is a retard

  23. Boltschick says: May 24, 2009 7:41 PM

    Notice how Rivers shifts the focus to his teammates instead of himself? When asked whether the Giants or Chargers got the better end of the trade, he talks about how great Merriman and Kaeding are. He doesn’t even mention that he was the top-ranked QB last year. What an incredible leader and team player. I love this guy.

  24. descendency says: May 24, 2009 8:00 PM

    The Chargers have the most pre-season championships of any team in the NFL in the last decade.

  25. myerda00 says: May 24, 2009 8:19 PM

    Phylis Phylis Phylis you can not talk about the MOST talented team in the NFL? WHY?
    Most of the bloggers posted the right answers, yes answers, in more than one.
    San Diego has no TEAM. No leadership. No goto guys.
    LT quits when it gets rough. Merryman can not inject anymore. And Diel love money more than practice.
    And the coach IS a joke.

  26. Alpheratz says: May 24, 2009 8:30 PM

    A Charger refusing to boast?
    Armageddon is near………

  27. bigblue59 says: May 24, 2009 8:33 PM

    Yeah the Chargers got the better part of the deal
    Rivers would have been one and done in NY
    We got Eli and he has won the big game and been MVP
    Rivers has had hissy fits on the sidelines yelling at fans
    Not to mention Eli has a hottie for a wife

  28. cameron says: May 24, 2009 10:21 PM

    “And Diel love money more than practice.”
    what does that even mean?
    are you talking about kris dielman?
    the probowl guard who decided to take less money and stay in san diego?
    Ignorance on this site is disgusting..
    and i love the post about how the chargers dont show up in decemeber.
    Yeah because rivers hasnt EVER lost a game in december
    idiots who dont know anything…

  29. drxpac4444 says: May 24, 2009 10:39 PM

    Rivers led the league in TD passes and had the best qb rating of any starter in 2008. In both of Norv’s years as head coach, San Diego has advanced in the playoffs. Most teams would love to have them.

  30. bills9951 says: May 24, 2009 10:48 PM

    the chargers are overrated and old. they’re going nowhere this year. the bills would stampede them off the field

  31. ace21 says: May 24, 2009 10:57 PM

    @ Facts Domino
    Eli Manning was an AJ Smith draft pick…

  32. praveen says: May 24, 2009 11:15 PM

    San Diego got the better end of the deal. Eli doesn’t win a SB with SD. SD got three players, and paid less money to Phillip Rivers giving them more cap space to sign another player. The Giants great defensive line got them into that position for Eli(who admitedly had a clutch playoffs that year).

  33. indikid24 says: May 24, 2009 11:27 PM

    Philip Rivers is a dunce. no one likes this guy. going as far as to cuss out your own crowd? Way to go Michale Vick….. yeah big deal he sounded nice in this interview. What about when he’s giving the finger to his fans, he’s trash talking to Jay Cutler. I’m in shock the chargers actually didn’t claim to win the superbowl….. man they’re SOOOO GOOOD!!! As one poster said, they have the most preseason championships of any team in history……..
    GO COLTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Facts Domino says: May 25, 2009 12:11 AM

    Ace, and Eli channeled Ron Burgundy when he said Go F%#K yourself A.J and San Diego.

  35. Darth Ringo says: May 25, 2009 12:15 AM

    I’m definitely no Chargers fan, but no one can rightly say Philip Rivers sucks, he’s awful, etc.
    By ANY objective standard he’s a good QB. Heck, it’s well known Bill Cowher would have drafted him over Roethlisberger if he had the chance, and Big Ben turned out pretty good — on a better team.
    See, geniuses, not liking the Chargers, or Norv, or AJ Smith, or the San Diego airport, or whatever.. that’s one thing. It does not mean that the team’s QB sucks.
    Thinking is tricky, but it becomes easier if you work at it. Best of luck.

  36. lboogie25 says: May 25, 2009 12:35 AM

    @ Chargers fans.. 4 straight playoff appearances and a SB win..
    Scoreboard, bitches!!

  37. cameron says: May 25, 2009 12:43 AM

    “Philip Rivers is a dunce. no one likes this guy. going as far as to cuss out your own crowd? Way to go Michale Vick….. yeah big deal he sounded nice in this interview. What about when he’s giving the finger to his fans, he’s trash talking to Jay Cutler. I’m in shock the chargers actually didn’t claim to win the superbowl….. man they’re SOOOO GOOOD!!! As one poster said, they have the most preseason championships of any team in history……..
    GO COLTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (report as inappropriate)”
    you my friend are an idiot.
    IDIOT
    way to show you dont know a damn thing about rivers
    Rivers NEVER swears,
    at all, if you hear him talk he says golly and gosh and darn. He just plays with fire.
    Ask his teammates, they love him.
    get over the fact that the only reason you dont like rivers is because he took your team out of the playoffs 2 years in a row.
    Rivers is a strong Christian family man.
    You sir,
    are a dumbass

  38. cameron says: May 25, 2009 12:46 AM

    and thank you Ringo, you put it perfectly
    i have no problem with peoples opinions.
    Just actually know what your talking about

  39. NeoplatonistBolthead says: May 25, 2009 1:48 AM

    Rivers is only going to get better. He’ll probably have slightly lower stats this year ’cause he’ll face a monster defensive schedule (Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Tennessee, NYG, Dallas, Philly, Washington with Haynesworth, Miami), but he’s easily a top 5 QB even with Tom Brady back in the equation. I think the Chargers will continue to dominate the AFCW, even as the Chiefs in particular will improve and maybe trade games with San Diego (they did in 2006 and ’07, and lost by one point twice in ’08).

  40. wferg1121 says: May 25, 2009 2:43 AM

    Emmet50 says:
    May 24th, 2009 at 7:32 pm
    “Please explain to me somebody how Eli Manning is better than Phil Rivers because he has won a superbowl which is what Florio implies. Manning has been mediocre for most of his Giants career but played mistake free football for five weeks and suddenley he’s a “franchise qb”. Even in the famous superbowl they only scored 17 points against an ageing defence despite dominating field position and a strong rushing performance. The last three years Rivers has a 92 passer rating and 62 percent completions compared to Manning’s 76 passer rating and 55 percent completion”
    Eli plays in NJ, you can’t compare completion percentages, passer ratings etc.. He does not play in San Diego nor does he play in a dome. In 2007 Giants WR’s led the NFL in drop balls. Other than his rookie year we have been in the playoffs that is the best stat to compare with Phillip Rivers. On the Giants Superbowl run they won all their games on the road against division winners that is a good stat.. In terms of points, yes the defense was very, very good, but Eli still had to put up the points against Tampa, Dallas, Green Bay, and New England. Eli has consistently showed up in late games, not just in the Superbowl. Anyone who is a Giants fan has seen that during the regular season. Everyone remembers the last drive at New England, people forget that he had two game winnings drives in Green Bay, because the kicker missed one as time expired. He also threw the touchdown right before halftime against Dallas in the playoffs. These are some of the reason he is the better quarterback so far.. I believe that Eli will only get better.
    Jerry Reese – “Eli does care about stats, he cares about wins and losses”

  41. escobacker says: May 25, 2009 4:18 AM

    As a charger fan I can do nothing but laugh at how many haters there are out there. All of you seem to have a shared passionate hatred for the Chargers and Rivers, LT, and Merriman in particular. Merriman can’t get it done anymore because he can’t juice and he’s overrated anyway? He’s a one trick pony? Yeah right. If last year showed us anything it showed how desperately the Charger’s D NEEDS Shawne Merriman. LT quits every year when it gets tough? I’m not buying it. The guy has been in the league for almost a decade now and every year he’s right up there at the top in terms of touches. The Chargers need to be more carefull with how they use him early to make sure he’s fresh late in the season. That’s their fault not his. As for Rivers. Nobody even has an argument against this guy. He’s loved and respected by his teammates as the leader of the team and he is a legitimate top 5 QB in the NFL.

  42. Joebuck82 says: May 25, 2009 9:04 AM

    Eli was not the heart of the Superbowl championship team, the Defensive line was. And how good has Eli been without Plaxico Burress? He has been average at best.
    Rivers has played well in the absense of a defense, his hall of fame running back and tight end at times.
    Rivers can make receivers good, Manning needs receivers to make him good.
    Everyone can say what they want about Merriman and steroids, and everyone loves using statistics when they compare players and teams, but the Chargers defensive is MUCH better with Merriman in the lineup.
    I do admit that Shaun Phillips and Stephen Cooper talk too much, and I cant justify it because it pisses me off.
    And lets talk about Tomlinson choking and letting his team down…
    That divisional playoff game in 06 againts the Pats, The Chargers refused to put the Pats away by making bonehead play after bonehead play. The only consistent that day was #21. He ran all over NE that day, but as the game got tight and they needed to run the clock out,Marty/Cam Cameron took the ball away from him. I just hate that people see the playoff injuries from him and define him by that, but they dont remember when he tried to put the team of his back, and they didnt want to go.

  43. empty13 says: May 25, 2009 9:37 AM

    the way rivers played hurt against NE in the playoffs, with a star RB pouting behind visor on the sidelines, welded that team to him. he is their leader, not some overpaid aging back.
    if the “slightly injured” brady had played that hard against the gynauts in the playoffs, the pats would have beat the gynauts.

  44. Facts Domino says: May 25, 2009 11:23 AM

    Rivers never swears?
    Cough,cough, bullshit, cough

  45. CKL says: May 25, 2009 12:14 PM

    Why in the world do people defend Rivers’ trash talking by saying he is classy because he doesn’t swear? It makes no sense. Not swearing does NOT mean you are classy. I don’t like the way he carries himself on the field, but I do think he is a good teammate and good QB which is far more than I can say for that fat little Jay Cutlet.

  46. filbertkiwi71 says: May 26, 2009 5:59 AM

    wferg1121 says:
    May 25th, 2009 at 2:43 am
    “Eli plays in NJ, you can’t compare completion percentages, passer ratings etc.. He does not play in San Diego nor does he play in a dome. In 2007 Giants WR’s led the NFL in drop balls. Other than his rookie year we have been in the playoffs that is the best stat to compare with Phillip Rivers. On the Giants Superbowl run they won all their games on the road against division winners that is a good stat.. In terms of points, yes the defense was very, very good, but Eli still had to put up the points against Tampa, Dallas, Green Bay, and New England. Eli has consistently showed up in late games, not just in the Superbowl. Anyone who is a Giants fan has seen that during the regular season. Everyone remembers the last drive at New England, people forget that he had two game winnings drives in Green Bay, because the kicker missed one as time expired. He also threw the touchdown right before halftime against Dallas in the playoffs. These are some of the reason he is the better quarterback so far.. I believe that Eli will only get better. ”
    ==
    Eli also threw an easy interception to Samuel that Samuel dropped. If Samuel catches that ball as he should have, then the Patriots would have won that SB. Eli got lucky, damn lucky.

  47. Northernmost Bolthead says: May 26, 2009 11:36 AM

    Wow.
    A good number of the comments are not cynical. They are angry. Angry about a young man, father, husband they only know through the suspect lense of the media.
    I don’t refer to good-natured ribbing or friends trash-talking. This is toxic.
    You see the same thing in politics.
    Is this what sport does for us? Makes us angry and attacking?
    Or does it just provide a target for existing unhappiness?
    I’m going to try to be positive about my team’s opponents:
    Go Chiefs (okay, that didn’t kill me).
    Go Broncos (well, that made me queasy).
    Go Raide– (hey, I’m only human.)

  48. Lance19 says: May 27, 2009 4:07 AM

    Top-rated QB of 2008.
    By a mile.
    You can hate, but facts is facts.
    Yes, Eli has a ring, but no honest, sensible,
    long-time watcher of the NFL would
    say that the Giants’ Super Bowl season
    was BECAUSE of Eli’s 25th ranked
    (73.9 passer rating) 2007 play.

  49. Lance19 says: May 27, 2009 4:14 AM

    Wow!
    It’s amazing how some idiots can STILL
    be regurgitating nonsense about Rivers
    being some kind of nasty “trash talker.”
    Fortunately, since most of that stupidity was
    based on the fake “Cutler controversy”
    and now most of the league realizes what
    kind of guy Cutler is–MOST idiots have
    been forced to re-examine the conclusions
    they jumped to.
    Of course, a few dopes in here still don’t get it.
    Rivers is probably one of the nicest guys in
    the league.

  50. joetoronto says: May 27, 2009 7:23 AM

    Fortunately, since most of that stupidity was based on the fake “Cutler controversy”
    and now most of the league realizes what kind of guy Cutler is–MOST idiots have
    been forced to re-examine the conclusions they jumped to.
    ============================================================
    Oh, I get it, you mean that MNF game that most everybody watched. The game where everybody and their brothers saw Rivers yapping at Cutler like a 6 year old.
    That’s the one, right?

  51. Lance19 says: May 27, 2009 10:43 AM

    Yes, it IS!
    And those of us that knew that Cutler had
    started the jawing, and that Rivers was
    stupidly attacked for for yelling encouragement to his
    defense were pissed that the story was being
    sold as Rivers somehow being the bad guy.
    Of course, Rivers has always taken the high road
    re. that, and Cutler made his childish
    “I’m not a fan of the guy” remarks, which made
    SOME people start to suspect that it was actually
    Cutler who was the d-bag.
    Now, after the months long off-season temper tantrum
    by Cutler (as Rivers still maintains the high road)
    only the dumbest of the dumb are still buying
    that it was Rivers who was the jerk.
    So, joe, welcome to the dumbest of the dumb.

  52. joetoronto says: May 28, 2009 5:58 AM

    Two wrongs don’t equal one right, Lance.
    Cutler was a jackass that night too, no doubt about it, but the way Rivers went on, urgh, that was ugly.
    Now, I’ve told anybody that will listen that Rivers is one hell of a QB. Dude really sacked up, playing with basically no ACL, while that pussy, Tomlinson, pouted from the bench because it was cold outside.
    Just the facts, Lance. If you don’t like facts, too bad for you.

  53. Lance19 says: May 28, 2009 9:51 PM

    I agree—
    Both times you’ve been wrong, Joe, does NOT make you right!
    First off, I was never one of those with their panties
    in a bunch over CUTLER’s on-field behaviour that game, either
    (though his interview comments later, WERE pretty dickish)
    Top-tier players SHOULD be jacked, and a few playful words
    are no big deal (as opposed to spitting incidents, and the like).
    I’ve only pointed out that Cutler BEGAN the jawing, because
    idiot after idiot tried to make it a “Rivers is a jerk” story,
    which just never squared with the facts.
    So, Cutler started jawing. Rivers was fired up and yelling
    encouragement to his D…no cussing, nothing remotely blue.
    Now, Joe, tell us, EXACTLY, what part of Rivers’
    behavior in that game (or interviews since) was
    SOOOO offensive to your delicate Miss Manners sensibilities?

  54. joetoronto says: May 29, 2009 5:56 AM

    Hey man, I think Rivers is a dick, and so do most other people by the way.
    You don;t agree, that’s fine. See how this works?
    It’s called opinion, Lance.
    I’m not going to spend anymore time trying to explain things to you, that’s what school is for, you should check it out.
    Jackass.

  55. Lance19 says: May 29, 2009 11:02 AM

    Hey Joe,
    Educated people don’t worry much re. what MOST people think…
    (unless we need to get someone elected)
    it’s more about what intelligent people who’ve informed themselves think.
    There’s a reason you FAILED to give us the exact behavior
    your dumb opinion is based on…because you based it on
    a simple misunderstanding of an event, and now you’re trying to
    perpetuate that inaccurate caricature of Rivers so that you
    don’t have to admit your error. What’s a man’s good name
    when you’ve got your stupidity to cover?
    Small people do that all the time.
    When you’re wrong, as you obviously are, you’re in NO
    POSITION to try to “explain” anything to those who know more.
    School? Yeah, I’m on my way to the college right now…
    finishing writing my finals.
    And you? Is the Valero bathroom clean yet?
    The only thing worth a crap about your posting, Joe,
    is that you at least had the honesty to sign it “Jackass.”
    (too little, too late, but a step in the right direction)

  56. joetoronto says: May 30, 2009 6:33 AM

    Just as I thought, a pimple faced college kid, lol, I have kids older than you.
    You’re not worth another moment of my time, punk.
    Adios.

  57. Lance19 says: May 30, 2009 11:03 AM

    Joe, do you do ANYTHING other than
    display your massive ignorance?
    If you’d had any of the education you claim
    to support, you’d know the difference between
    TAKING a final, and WRITING one.
    (of course, the fact that my handle is an
    homage to a man who left the Chargers
    almost 4 decades ago, would suggest to
    most people that I was no youngster…
    but not Joe!)
    Joe, the fact that YOU never wrote a final,
    and that you would stupidly assume that I
    was a kid, fit PERFECTLY with the rest of
    your ignorant views on Rivers etc.
    You may be in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or
    whatever…but your many years haven’t
    saved you from being a total dumbass.
    ANY of my young students is smarter than you.

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