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.

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

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

  5. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. “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.”

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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