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Philip Rivers: No difference this year “other than statistically”

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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers insists that he’s playing as well as ever right now, despite putting up passing numbers that strongly suggest otherwise.

After throwing three interceptions in Sunday’s loss to the Packers, Rivers said there’s nothing wrong — nothing wrong with his arm, nothing wrong with the Chargers’ offense, nothing wrong in his personal life — that’s leading to his many mistakes this year.

Other than statistically, there’s nothing different,” Rivers said. “I’m a year older, and that’s about it. I’ve got one more child but there are no injuries. There’s nothing different.”

But the statistics don’t lie: Through eight games this year, Rivers has 14 interceptions. The most interceptions he’s ever had in any 16-game season was 15. Rivers’ 14 picks lead the league, with his three lost fumbles he leads the league in total turnovers as well. Rivers’ completion percentage, yards per pass and touchdown rate have all fallen from last season as well, and his poor play has led to speculation that he has an undisclosed injury. Rivers insists that’s not the case.

“I appreciate everyone trying to come up with a theory and a reason that I’m hurt,” Rivers said. “I’m not hurt. I’ve thrown a handful of picks that I normally don’t throw and I’ll probably throw some more throughout my career. There won’t always be a reason why.”

The problem for the Chargers is that not knowing what’s wrong with Rivers will make it harder to fix. As the Chargers fight to win the AFC West, that’s a problem.

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22 Responses to “Philip Rivers: No difference this year “other than statistically””
  1. medialovesthecowboys says: Nov 7, 2011 6:46 AM

    Man, Rivers is overrated, I’ve been saying it for awhile. Yeah (in the past) he’s put up numbers and is stats monster. But really how different are he and Tony Romo? They’re both not as good as we all like to think. And I’m a diehard Cowboy fan. I just happen to be a realist too.

  2. packfaninchitown says: Nov 7, 2011 7:08 AM

    It was a well-fought game, kudos to the Chargers for fighting until the very end…

    I’ll also be a Charger fan now when they play Detroit and Chicago! :)

  3. pack1980 says: Nov 7, 2011 7:09 AM

    That’s just the problem Phil! There is no difference. Your team has some talent, but will not go anywhere with old Norv at the helm and you still have never won anything in your career. Why would things change all of a sudden when the track record is already there?

    P.S
    You throw a really ugly ball. Wobbly, slow, etc. I’m glad Rodgers was able to tutor you on how to play the position yesterday.

  4. alewatcher says: Nov 7, 2011 7:11 AM

    Yep, regular season stat monster that comes up small when it counts. Rivers has a lot of Romo in him.

  5. joetoronto says: Nov 7, 2011 7:15 AM

    It seems to me that he labors when throwing down field, like he’s putting everything he has into the throw.

    Never mind the stats, he just doesn’t look right physically.

  6. n0hopeleft says: Nov 7, 2011 7:20 AM

    The Giants were crazy for giving up what they did for Eli, right?

    I mean, the fact is that trade gave San Diego Mr. “Lights Out”. So the GMeN were hosed by the Mannings, right?

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAH!

  7. sj39 says: Nov 7, 2011 7:25 AM

    There is no difference, he’s bad. The media have been hyping this guy up and delcaring the Charges the SB winners every year since he came into the league. It’s really getting old too.

  8. minkytails says: Nov 7, 2011 7:30 AM

    I can’t believe anybody ever considered him even close to an elite quarterback. The fact that he’s average is one thing. He’s also a 1st class whiner, complaining to the refs about the slightest hit every play.

  9. arbiterflick says: Nov 7, 2011 7:50 AM

    RE: Eli.

    Take a deep breath, calm down, and remember that this is the FIRST season that Eli has been the better quarterback (and yes, that includes 2007). This sudden down swing from Rivers doesn’t suddenly validate your argument. How many turnovers did Eli have last year? Let me remind you: 32.

    However, Rivers is wrong – this year IS different and he IS playing noticeably worse for whatever reason.

    Losing in a close game to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers? Not a cause for alarm. Losing to the terrible Chiefs though? That’s a big big concern.

  10. jdandcoke says: Nov 7, 2011 8:25 AM

    rivers is a good QB who is having a bad year. it happens. still glad acorsi traded for eli though.

  11. sonofapeman says: Nov 7, 2011 8:26 AM

    I noticed that the biggest issue for Rivers this year, as opposed to previous years is how he is looking down his recievers. Key example was Tramon Williams watching Rivers’ eyes on the pick six. He doesn’t do it all the time, but its enough that corners are noticing.

  12. thegreatwhitemidget says: Nov 7, 2011 8:27 AM

    rivers running dry, still crying because he doesn’t have LT to carry him anymore

  13. thedisbackindtown says: Nov 7, 2011 8:54 AM

    Thank you Rivers for single handedly losing that game. Now the Packer fans can start talking “we” did this “we” did that. It is so annoying how bad the Packers Defense played and yet the Packer fans will wake up tomorrow and say “We almost let that one go, we are the best”. This game should have been out of hand… the Chargers should have beat you. Thank you Rivers for imploding the Packer fans heads.

  14. icanspeel says: Nov 7, 2011 9:18 AM

    After watching all 8 of Rivers games this year I notice the 2 main issues are 1) His accuracy is a little off at times and 2) He has forced throws that he used to just throw away.

  15. claydefayette says: Nov 7, 2011 9:47 AM

    Rivers’ velocity sucks likely due to his throwing motion. He can still toss the ball downfield far but his passes don’t have the zip as the average starter.

    When the blitz comes, he can’t get the ball quick enough to his receivers and his footwork is Flacco-like with people around him.

  16. burrito12 says: Nov 7, 2011 9:49 AM

    “Thank you Rivers for single handedly losing that game. Now the Packer fans can start talking “we” did this “we” did that. It is so annoying how bad the Packers Defense played and yet the Packer fans will wake up tomorrow and say “We almost let that one go, we are the best”. This game should have been out of hand… the Chargers should have beat you. Thank you Rivers for imploding the Packer fans heads.”

    ____________________________________

    Rodger’s 24 TDs vs 3 int’s is imploding everyone’s head, he is unstoppable!!!

  17. pilot2011 says: Nov 7, 2011 10:38 AM

    Rod Chudzinski and Ron Rivera not in San Diego anymore has to have something to do with it.

  18. jonasgrumbyoftx says: Nov 7, 2011 10:44 AM

    Rivers is a very good QB. (I still woulda kept Brees). He may not be Tier 1 but he is Tier1A … and he’s just having a mediocre season. He isn’t that far off from the avg QB in this eague, which is the problem. Because he has been so good in the pass, being average looks bad. He’ll bounce back.

  19. dannymac17 says: Nov 7, 2011 11:14 AM

    Hmmm the AFC east powerhouse has 3 teams at 5-3

    the lowly AFC west has 3 teams at 4-4

    But nobody cares to point that out right?

  20. greenpacker says: Nov 7, 2011 11:37 AM

    Rivers: “Theres not difference between Obama and Bush, other than skin color”

  21. souldogdave says: Nov 7, 2011 11:54 AM

    Rivers is suffering from a condition known as “Sphincterus Tightanus” and also an affliction known as “Testicular shrinkage”. This can severely inhibit a NFL QB’s performance.

  22. thedisbackindtown says: Nov 7, 2011 1:54 PM

    burrito12 says: Nov 7, 2011 9:49 AM

    “Rodger’s 24 TDs vs 3 int’s is imploding everyone’s head, he is unstoppable!!!”

    Don’t you mean “We” are unstoppable?

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