Philip Rivers says the lip readers are wrong

AP

Moments after The Phumble, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was seen mouthing the words “Worst day ever” on the sideline.

Rivers said that the lip readers got it all wrong.

“I didn’t say that. I don’t know if I ever said that. It wasn’t the worst day ever. It may have been the worst play I’ve ever been a part of, but it wasn’t the worst day,” Rivers said via the Associated Press.

The AP adds a level of intrigue to the question of whether Rivers is playing hurt this year. They note that he took a number of big shots against the Patriots in Week Two, and suggest Rivers could have a chest injury.  That would help to explain his accuracy problems.

Nine Chargers didn’t practice Wednesday, including four offensive starters.  The lack of practice time isn’t helping the Chargers offense, but they actually had more injury problems last year.  And that didn’t slow down Rivers.

51 responses to “Philip Rivers says the lip readers are wrong

  1. Haha this is to funny. He clearly said it. Why is he denying it who cares. He’s just making himself look worse by lying

  2. Although it was a “JV” play on his part Monday, Rivers is a class act that doesn’t have the “playmakers” on offense like he used to have. As a Packer fan, he scares me this Sunday against our defense. I think he’ll redeem himself.

  3. That was clearly what he said, and it’s no big deal, so why doesn’t he just admit it?

    Anyway, something’s wrong with him, just look at his passes. Even when the ball IS accurate, it’s not tight at all.

  4. Rivers said, “That is so weird. That is the weirdest thing ever.”

    Tirico is usually a good lip reader (not as good as Al Michaels) but watched it in slow motion and got it wrong.

    Earlier in live coverage cameras caught him saying the sentence above.

    You can see the ball jammed his left ring finger as it turned white immediately.

  5. Buflo66, he clearly mouthed only one syllable, whether the four letter network only showed part of the statement or not. Whether it was worst day ever or worst thing ever or whatever, is this really an issue?

  6. Would y’all rather him have been happy and joking on the sidelines? If he did say “worst day ever” why would that be a controversy???

  7. @steelerdynasty2010 thank you. when the camera showed him that’s what he said. I don’t know how they got ‘worst day ever’

  8. I’m sorry but did I just slip into a parallel universe where someone actually believes that Rivers is a “class act”? Unless that term has been redefined to mean “complete and total d-bag (apparently spelling it out gets your comment deleted)”, I don’t think it is possible for someone to be more wrong.

  9. Chargers are in for a beat down with the Packers coming in next week. theyve never lost in San Diego; and coming off a bye. EEEEK! Someone will need to toughen up for this…

  10. I think he decried lip readers’ interpretation when he was taunting Cutler from the sidelines years ago as well. We thought he said “WHAT A BABY” he said “THAT A BABY” or something. Can’t quite recall.
    I can’t remember ever seeing 2 QBs who openly hated each other more. it was pretty entertaining, actually.

  11. It can be both ways…”Day” or “Play” or even “thing” but it’s over with so let’s just let it go. Who cares what he said, why is it even an article?

  12. Thanks Gregg, more injuries last year so we don’t want the excuses this week. Bye week against Jets, what was that excuse? Crummy against the Chiefs, what was the excuse there? Quit the gum flapping Rivers, and play like last year when you had the injury and hold out issues as excuses and performed at a Pro Bowl level. Green Bay had more injuries last year and won it all. Put up or shut up against standing World champs this week, let’s see if this soft team can hold up with the upcoming schedule vs. GB, Oak town 2x, Balt, Chicago, Buffalo, Detroit.

  13. myopinionisrighterthanyours –

    go say weirdest and worst in the mirror…

    it is hard to tell in the slow-mo shot that Tirico commented on..it is plain as day when you see the live shot of him saying the whole sentence…

    Tirico put those words into his mouth, if he would have seen Rivers say the whole sentence it is obvious..

    Rivers said, “That is so weird. That is the weirdest thing ever.”

  14. Being someone who is hearing-impaired, I read his lips perfectly and what he said is “worst night ever”. You know, it was night time and all.

  15. This is stupid!! So what ?!!??!

    Has the press gotten so obsessive and invasive that they now use a lip reader to find quotes to put in a news article???? We already have the players mic’ed up in the field of play, mandatory press conferences, cameras in the locker room, cameras in the pre-game huddles. Where does it stop? What’s next? Mics in the bathrooms? The President of the USA does not even receive this much scrutiny.

  16. lip reading is almost impossible to get correct, i took sign language and numerous deaf people attest that most sounds are made in the back of the mouth so its almost impossible to tell what is what, and the ones that are made at the front are so similar that its hard to get those right. like m, n, and b all look the same

  17. Phillip Rivers is the most over rated QB just ahead of Eli Manning. Ironically they were the 2 that were traded in that draft.
    Rivers cant win a meaningful game. Has a terrible playoff track record, (when games count) and now excuses need made because hes having a bad year. He was never an elite QB unless you talk to the idiot fantasy football people that worship him.
    Ill take Big Ben over Rivers any day any time against any team at any stadium.

  18. nzyme says: Nov 3, 2011 11:52 AM

    History shows he’s a good QB. He’s gotta be hurt.

    ——————-

    “Good QB” in this instance = regular season stat monster that comes up small when it counts.

  19. Thats two starting RBs dragged off the field while playing the Chiefs D.

    I thought the faiders were supposed to be the bullies?

  20. either way, he has been struggling but I think he’ll come around this week. It seems like the Chargers only come to play when the competition is good. It’s been that way ever since Rivers took over. He’ll lose to the Chiefs but then come back and beat the Packers. Very Charger-esque

  21. I think the Chargers knocked down the colts in their quest to be unbeaten back in 2005! Perhaps history will repeat this year. I think 2005 was also the year we missed the playoffs!

  22. aithfullyethopeless says:
    Nov 3, 2011 12:22 PM
    lip reading is almost impossible to get correct, i took sign language and numerous deaf people attest that most sounds are made in the back of the mouth so its almost impossible to tell what is what, and the ones that are made at the front are so similar that its hard to get those right. like m, n, and b all look the same

    Impossible to get correct? Deaf people can attest to this? What the hell are you talking about?

    That looks in no way like he is saying a work with a P in it.

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