Philip Rivers still says he wasn’t hurt last season

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When Philip Rivers threw 17 interceptions in the first 10 games of last season, speculation grew that he was playing with an injury.

Rivers and the team denied it every time that it came up, but it never really went away because people were struggling to come up with another explanation for why a player without previous issues in that department was having such a hard time avoiding turnovers. The season is long over and we’ve heard other players talk about injuries they played through since the start of the offseason, but Rivers is sticking to his story.

“I was not hurt, and still don’t. I feel great,” Rivers said to XX Sports Radio in San Diego via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “It’s a compliment. It’s not true, but I appreciate that nobody thinks that I would throw 20 picks unless I was hurt, so I guess that’s a good thing.”

There were a variety of things to blame for the picks, from bad throws to tipped balls to poor plays by receivers, but they ultimately fall on Rivers’ shoulders. The same was true of Eli Manning in 2010 when he threw 25 picks that could be explained away thanks to mistakes by others on the Giants. He got all the credit when that number dropped to 16 and the Giants went to the playoffs this season.

If Rivers can follow the lead of the man he was traded for in 2004, the Chargers could see a similar turnaround.

25 responses to “Philip Rivers still says he wasn’t hurt last season

  1. Raiders are gonna take his knees out and end his career,

    Gregg Williams style,

    Dennis Allen brings that mentality to Oakland, he was on Williams staff,

    put an end to Rivers and the 0 Superbowl ring chargers for good.

  2. He didn’t play well at all the first half of the season, and while he made some bad passes, I think the offensive line was a major problem. He didn’t get sacked a ton, but he has little to no mobility and couldn’t get comfortable in the pocket. It’s not surprising that once the line got settled later on he went back to being the high quality quarterback he’s been his whole career.

  3. I put some of the blame on having to play with a 3rd string offensive line for like half the season.

  4. Rivers is a class act, gives back to the community, pretty humble guy and takes responsibility for his actions. I love that he talks smack between the lines.when asked what he would do with all the money he got from the last big contract he signed he said no plans, probably will get the wife a new mini van. Looks like the rivers manning trade worked out for everyone.

  5. So if it wasn’t injury, then what was it? I see the columinst blaming “bad throws to tipped balls to poor plays by receivers,” but I don’t see Phyllis telling us what the problem actually was/is.

  6. Oh Phil “Vampire Teeth” Rivers just had a down year. He’s still a solid QB.

    At least this year when he throws 20 picks it’ll be blamed on no Vincent Jackson there to catch jump balls instead of an injury.

  7. Every year the Chargers are considered SB contenders and every year people make excuses when they under-achieve. Maybe they’re just not that good.

    Rivers doesnt complain to the media because he is exhausted from complaining so much on the field.

  8. He wasn’t injured, he constantly had pressure in his face so he didn’t really get a lot of time to set his feet while waiting for a slow WR corps to run their routes. Hence, lots of forced throws.

  9. He’s right, it IS a compliment. He just straight up made mistakes he doesn’t normally make. Maybe some of it was pressing to make plays.

    I’ll tell you this, on that short game streak where Peyton threw like 11 INTS, I never heard HIM take any responsibility for sucking. He said some ego filled thing about having one bad streak ever. That’s why the lazy media always rushes to his defense and says all his teammates let him down but they don’t do that with Rivers, Rivers doesn’t say weak, insecure junk like that.

  10. I think many players aren’t convinced Gregg Williams was an outlier.

    There’s a reason why Belichick effectively says FU to Goodell’s demand that he tell players and coaches where to target vulnerable players.

    Rivers is smart enough not to tell them how to end his career too

  11. mjbulls45 says:Apr 17, 2012 3:49 PM

    Raiders are gonna take his knees out and end his career,

    Gregg Williams style,

    Dennis Allen brings that mentality to Oakland, he was on Williams staff,

    put an end to Rivers and the 0 Superbowl ring chargers for good.

    **********************************************

    Typical classless Oakland clown.

  12. jaialaicharger says: Apr 18, 2012 1:12 PM

    LOL
    I love hearing Raiders fans talk smack about the cHargers. It kills me everytime.
    I guess consecutive 8-8 seasons will restore your bravado.

    The Raiders went 16-16 the last two seasons. The Chargers went 17-15. Your dominance is undeniable. We concede. Please accept our apologies.

  13. jaialaicharger says: Apr 18, 2012 3:40 PM

    17-15 is mediocre for the Chargers… 16-16 is the best the Raiders have seen in 10 years. Apology accepted

    When a Charger fan talks history, he has to go back to 1963 to relive their last championship. Were you even alive then?

  14. mjbulls45 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:49 PM

    Raiders are gonna take his knees out and end his career,

    Gregg Williams style,

    Dennis Allen brings that mentality to Oakland, he was on Williams staff,

    put an end to Rivers and the 0 Superbowl ring chargers for good.

    ===================================

    Wow, what a typical low life raiders fan. Obviously you aren’t a fan of the game or you wouldn’t be so classless. Since Rivers has been starter you guys have started like 10 QB’s. Although a a comment like that doesn’t surprise me from a Raider fan, still pretty a retarded thing to say. Go back to eating glue or whatever it is you do that impulses you to post childish things online.

    Good day

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