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Rivers dismisses “chatter” regarding lack of killer instinct

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This year, the Chargers have beaten the 1-4 Raiders, the 1-5 Chiefs, and the 2-4 Titans.  They’ve also lost winnable games via blown second-half leads to the Saints and the Broncos.

Asked on Wednesday regarding the existence of “chatter” over the lack of a killer instinct, quarterback Philip Rivers sharply disagreed.

“I think it’s just what you said, a lot of chatter,” Rivers said, via comments distributed by the team.  “There’s no substance and it doesn’t matter what anyone on the outside thinks.”

But plenty of people on the outside think there’s real substance to it, as evidenced by double-digit leads squandered against New Orleans and Denver.  Plenty of people also wonder why Rivers doesn’t get the same kind of criticism that Tony Romo and Mike Vick absorb for subpar play.

If the turnovers and blown leads continue, the chatter will only intensify.  Regardless of its substance.

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  1. robataille says: Oct 17, 2012 8:15 PM

    He could use a new scene.

  2. sedcontra97 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:16 PM

    Hey Philip – LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

  3. bbkld5 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:18 PM

    Mr. Rivers is a good QB on the technical level, but he lacks the personality to take charge of a game (pun not intended). He had several chances to put the game away and squandered those opportunities. He simply is not an elite quarterback. Between him and Norm, I feel for the San Diego fans. I believe they are some of the classiest in pro sports. They don’t deserve this pain.

  4. illadelphiasphinest says: Oct 17, 2012 8:19 PM

    He definatly looks as if he lost his edge. Maybe he realized hes just not as good as he thought he was. N why, why is he forcing the ball to Eddie Royal? Really…. Eddie Royal!!!!

  5. dannymac17 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:19 PM

    only difference between him and romo/vick is that he was excellent for 4 straight years.

    this is his 6th as a starter.

    2011 and 2012 havent been kind, but lets not act like he didnt beat the entire NFC east just a few years ago and 3 of them being come from behind 4th quarter drives.

    last year, he started badly and then started owning it down the stretch.

    he also doesnt have the luxury of having top 10 talent to throw to like Romo and Vick.

    First time hes ever thrown 4 ints in a game.

    He’s in a funk, one im sure he will snap out of.

  6. prosourcetalk says: Oct 17, 2012 8:19 PM

    He doesn’t get any criticism because nobody cares about the Chargers.

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:19 PM

    I remember when he used to be really good. What happened?

  8. jman667 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:21 PM

    No doubt, he’s made some bad decisions, but like any QB, he’s only as good as his O-line. His blindside is being protected by an undrafted rookie. He has no scrambling ability, so if the pocket keeps collapsing he’s going to continue to struggle. If he has protection we’ll see the Rivers of old.

  9. bluefan204 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:21 PM

    Everyone on the outside of San Diego knows that Eli>Rivers

  10. captainloaded says: Oct 17, 2012 8:23 PM

    Killer attitude??? I’ve never seen it from him. I’ve seen him pointing the finger at plenty of his teammates, though.

  11. navyeoddavee9 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:25 PM

    Rivers’ play over the last couple of years, has consistently taken a nosedive, he has fallen way behind his two draftmates, Ben and Eli

  12. 3menandablog says: Oct 17, 2012 8:27 PM

    As a Chargers fan it’s been really hard to root for this guy. He had a handful of seasons where his talent made me overlook the fact that he’s a giant tool. Let’s not fool ourselves any longer. The guy’s skills are diminishing before our eyes and he chokes at every chance he can.

    We let Drew Brees go for this.

    We hired Norv Turner to coach a team with 11 pro-bowlers and the reigning MVP.

    What a way to completely destroy something beautiful you built, AJ.

    Amnesty International should investigate this organization for torturing a fan base.

  13. dannymac17 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:31 PM

    captainloaded says:
    Oct 17, 2012 8:23 PM
    Killer attitude??? I’ve never seen it from him. I’ve seen him pointing the finger at plenty of his teammates, though.

    _______________

    When was he pointing fingers at his own team mates??

    oh thats right, CAUSE IT NEVER HAPPENED.

  14. baloneyjohn says: Oct 17, 2012 8:31 PM

    Hey Turner and Rivers.
    Don’t buy a new house
    Actually, a very nice, crowded area to live.
    Lousy NFL

  15. boyshole25 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:37 PM

    This guys a great qb but he puts cutler to shame with the pouting and pointing

  16. blueballzny says: Oct 17, 2012 8:43 PM

    Hey Dannymac….The fact that S.D. beat 3 NFC East teams 3 years ago means NOTHING. Completely different teams.

    All I have to say is, thank God that the Giants traded this freakin crybaby for Eli Manning. Thank God.

  17. ambitoos says: Oct 17, 2012 8:43 PM

    For four years they’ve tried to make this O line work with Clary in it. It just is not a good O line. Give rivers the protection he needs and he will cut the Secondary of our apponents up.

  18. jameslongstaffe says: Oct 17, 2012 8:48 PM

    I watch as much football as anybody, & Philip Rivers has what it takes to be a Super Bowl quarterback. I have learned thru experience, that you have to trust what you see. Sometimes things won’t go your way, but that just makes it that much more sweet

  19. humb0lt says: Oct 17, 2012 8:49 PM

    Monday night was bad, but not fatal.

    The Chargers are still in the Super Bowl mix.

    They can turn it around. They have the talent. They’ve proven they can dominate in the first half. They just need to learn to play complete games.

    The Chargers are 3-3. The AFC is not very strong. The Ravens have been severely weakened by injuries on defense. The Texans were exposed Sunday night.

    The Bolts will beat the Browns, Chiefs and Bucaneers and retake control of the division by beating the Broncos in Denver on Norvember 11.

    Be a witness to it.

  20. dolphins512 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:51 PM

    Rivers is a very good QB. Not elite….but very good. He had a bad game. I saw Peyton throw a bunch of INT’s in the Atlanta Game, and the world was going to end the next day in Denver.

    It happens….get over it. There are a lot of teams that would love to have Phillip Rivers as their QB. (Jets, Cardinals, Jags…to name a few)

  21. xpensivewinos says: Oct 17, 2012 8:51 PM

    Watching the Chargers is like watching Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. It is literally the same issues, the same comments, the same stupid crap over and over and over again with Norv, AJ and Rivers.

    It’s never about winning………it’s always about how and why they lose.

    Any organization establishes its culture from the top. The fact that this same stuff happens every year with the same guys in the same leadership positions (with the same stale ideas that don’t work over and over again) is all on Spanos.

    Has Marty Schottenheimer stopped laughing for one second since that idiot AJ Smith fired him?

  22. geniusfan says: Oct 17, 2012 8:53 PM

    Worst day ever.

  23. annes22 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:59 PM

    Philip Rivers is such a “cry baby”. He was horrible the other night, and needs to “get in line” for complaining with Cutler. The 2 together make a nice duet. Grow up for god sake and shut up.

  24. srcnsd says: Oct 17, 2012 9:05 PM

    Mike Harris and Clary are both at the bottom of the NFL in terms of pressures allowed.

    That’s his problem.

    Mike Harris is an undrafted rookie and will undoubtedly get better. But I’ve been saying for the last year and a half that the biggest mistake AJ Smith made was giving Clary a fat contract. He could have corrected this mistake in the offseason by ditching Clary and nabbing Eric Winston but no, Winston went to the Chiefs, for the same money that Clary gets.

    Unfortunately, the money spent on Jared “Big Lazy” Gaither looks to be wasted as well.

    At the very least we can look forward to Vincent Brown coming back. He looked better than Meachem or Royal in the preseason.

  25. chargersdiehard says: Oct 17, 2012 9:06 PM

    The Chargers are 3-3 and are no worse off than many other playoff bound teams. I would still take Norval over half the coaches in the NFL-Jason Garrett, Rex Ryan, Chan Gailey,Pat Shurmur,Mike Mularkey, Dennis Allen,Greg Schiano, Mike Munchak, just to name some. Rivers is bound to have an off game or two a season and he has proven year in and year out to be a top 10 qb. Give the chargers a break on the hate if you don’t think they will beat your team why bother hating them? Im not ready to throw out the season yet, we have some talent just need to fix mental errors. It could be worse at 3-3 tied for first 2-1 in the division and next two opponents are cleveland and kc.

  26. aaronrodgersthefudgepacker says: Oct 17, 2012 9:09 PM

    oh he has the killer instinct just not the common sense instinct

  27. alewatcher says: Oct 17, 2012 9:11 PM

    He has plenty of killer instinct, it’s just misdirected.

  28. demolition510 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:11 PM

    Rillip Crybaby Punk Pivers

  29. davidcl77 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:12 PM

    Tebow, Tebow!

  30. purplengold says: Oct 17, 2012 9:12 PM

    Rivers dismissed “chatter” regarding his lack of killer instinct by eating several kittens at his press conference today. Said Rivers,” Ozzie ain’t got nothin’ on me.”

  31. rpiotr01 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:15 PM

    I think his problem is that he has too much killer instinct. He forces a lot, doesn’t take what’s there and lets his emotions get the better of him.

  32. gobirds215 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:17 PM

    The Great 2004 NFL Quarterback Draft

    Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, & Philip Riv……nevermind, let’s just keep it at Eli & Ben.

  33. novoodoo4409 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:18 PM

    Winnable game against the Saints…lmao…

    Brees > cry me a Rivers

    Saints have a SB trophy…Chargers got NOTHING…just like the Falclowns….lmao…

  34. demolition510 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:20 PM

    Rivers is overrated. Heres why:

    He had one of the best RB in the game during his prime. As much As I hate LT, I respect his game. Defenses were focusing on stopping the run.

    He had a great Oline. If it wasn’t run blocking, it was pass protection. I think there were two Pro bowlers.

    Then he had big strong fast receivers. Gates and Jackson bailed him out. He just throws up ducks and have his receivers make a play. Have you seen his throwing motion? It’s ugly.

    And had a great defense. During the Shawne Merroidman days. The Chargers D was legit.

    And lastly special teams with Sproles and Scifres and Kaeding lol.

    I think half the QBs in the league would do well in that scenario.

    But bottom line. His ego and attitude gets in his way and being good.

  35. yaryers says: Oct 17, 2012 9:24 PM

    annes22:

    Figure out how to use quotation marks correctly.

    When has Rivers ever cried? I don’t get it. The only complaining he does is to officials, and every QB does that…with Brady leading the way.

  36. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:28 PM

    Even Tom Brady (3-time Super Bowl champ 2-time MVP) and Aaron Rodgers (Super Bowl champ and MVP) receive more criticism than this chump who hasn’t won anything! What’s wrong with our society??

    C’mon man!

  37. larryboodry says: Oct 17, 2012 9:32 PM

    annes22 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:59 PM

    “Philip Rivers is such a “cry baby”. He was horrible the other night, and needs to “get in line” for complaining with Cutler. The 2 together make a nice duet. Grow up for god sake and shut up.”

    I’d rather have Cutler any day, with his 23-9 record in his last 32 starts…Just sayin.’

  38. bathroomben7 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:41 PM

    “There’s no substance and it doesn’t matter what anyone on the outside thinks.”

    You know that the “people on the outside” are the reason that you get paid millions to play a freakin’ game right? If they didn’t buy tickets and watch you underperform on TV you wouldn’t be able to act like a jerk and a baby and get wealthy while doing it. You can always quit and get a normal job for the first time in your life Philip.

    By the way why do you go by “Philip” instead of say, “Phil” or something? It just makes you look even more like a frat boy villain from a movie.

  39. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Oct 17, 2012 9:43 PM

    I love watching that punk Rivers choke against my Broncos. Dude does nothing but talk Sh!t when hes winning but when he loses acts like a little baby. Maybe work on your game as much as you work on talking Sh!t.

  40. brintfatre says: Oct 17, 2012 9:47 PM

    If he was in Dallas instead of Romo they would be contenders.

  41. jcdavey2011 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:02 PM

    rivers doesn’t get the same kind of criticism as vick and romo? are you crazy? sure he does

    and over the last season and a half it’s warranted

  42. zack2482 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:02 PM

    He needs to be criticized just like Romo or even more. I’m not sure why he gets a pass. And to top it off he is a first round pick. Vick has never been a good QB and that is one thing.

  43. jcdavey2011 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:03 PM

    why would that loser marty schottenheimer ever be laughing with his playoff record?

  44. mrcogburn says: Oct 17, 2012 10:12 PM

    There’s no question Rivers has a killer instinct. He’s a trash-talking QB par excellence. Problem is, his arm can no longer back it up. The way he grips and throws the ball demands a zip he can no longer produce. Thus his passes often arrive late, short, and/or are floaters.
    If Turner doesn’t change the scheme, I can see a bad ending for Rivers and the Bolts.

  45. jmhoward99 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:21 PM

    He doesn’t get the criticism because even though he made some piss poor throws and decisions, he has to try to do it by himself. AJ apparently thought that Rivers was God and he didn’t need the likes of Sproles, Jackson, or Turner and now they have Meachem, who doesn’t look like he knows what going on or wants to be there, Royal, and Ronnie Brown in the 3rd down back.

    Norval thought that calling 28 passing plays and 11 running plays, therefore squandering the current best player on the offense, Mathews, after building a 24-0 lead was a great way to keep the clock moving and cement the lead. Rivers play has declined sharply over the past 2 seasons, but he’s not playing with the same team that beat the Colts in the playoffs or went 14-2 before AJ crap-canned Marty and hired his puppet.

  46. snowpea84 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:21 PM

    Those other QB’s take more criticism because a.) their cities and fanbases care, and b.) they have far more talent around them than Rivers does.

  47. countryteeth says: Oct 17, 2012 10:26 PM

    I don’t care who the quarterback is, with the diminution in talent around him and continual coaching by Norv, he won’t improve. Had Drew stayed or Eli been drafted by SD, the circumstances would be the same. Bad line, let your best receiver go, lose LT, and have mediocre Norv as your mentor and coach, too much current to paddle against.

  48. thermalito says: Oct 17, 2012 10:53 PM

    Because the spineless California media won’t call them out. Look no further than Alex Smith who has the Bay Area media jumping to his defense everytime he has a bad game.

  49. ninerfan94954 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:11 PM

    Norv’s teams are entertaining but don’t close.

  50. trefkennedy says: Oct 17, 2012 11:17 PM

    Rivers doesn’t receive 1/4 of the verbal assault that Romo endures

  51. robgilman says: Oct 17, 2012 11:27 PM

    Uh oh, is Phil gonna cry again? I think the jury is no longer out on this. The guy is no Eli or Brees- add him to the list of mediocre charger qbs with no rings. ( with Fouts, Humphries)

  52. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 17, 2012 11:36 PM

    And gave the Saints their only win of the year. Still the Chargers have a pretty darn good chance to make the playoffs because of their weak division.

  53. ambitoos says: Oct 18, 2012 12:02 AM

    AJ Smith has always liked Wade Philips. Spanos likes him also. Lets see what he can do without Jerry Jones telling him what to do. Turner has three months left on his contract.
    There will be a new beginning in Charger football according to AJ Smith.

  54. ripseau says: Oct 18, 2012 12:08 AM

    Will people please stop the Eli/rivers comparison. Eli was drafted to be traded plain and simple. He was smart because he has been groomed and surrounded by a great team in ny while rivers has had talent removed and a complete neglect of the oline. Eli, while his talent is debatable, his success is not and he will be rich with all his endorsements after his career is over. His success in ny will secure his children’s finances and maybe his grandchildrens futures. Rivers IS extremely talented but his talent is being squandered and runs an extremely big chance of not having the same financial success that Eli will have after retirement. Who knows how rivers would have done in ny but one thing is for sure, san Diego cannot build and sustain a franchise like a new York franchise can. In ny the stakes are way too high to succeed

  55. nmrdr795 says: Oct 18, 2012 12:15 AM

    Considering they got rid of drew brees one of the more poised smart qb for a crybaby overated no show trash talking qb i wouldnt buy tickets either to watch that sad team.

  56. clubergo says: Oct 18, 2012 1:02 AM

    huh maybe pay WR’s there money? Not a lot of number 1′s and they don’t have one.

  57. joetoronto says: Oct 18, 2012 4:47 AM

    prosourcetalk says:
    Oct 17, 2012 8:19 PM
    He doesn’t get any criticism because nobody cares about the Chargers.
    ***************************************************
    All hating aside, this guy nailed it.

    You simply cannot compare the media coverage of the Cowboys and Eagles to the Chargers.

    The team is virtually irrelevant.

    humbolt: We were wondering where you went, lol

    Choo choo!

  58. theandy59 says: Oct 18, 2012 6:55 AM

    I have always believed Rivers to be a punk…a talented punk, but a punk nonetheless. His struggles on the field are a function of the talent drain on the offense, and a very, very poor head coach. Unfortunately, when a QB’s performance starts to slide noticeably, as Rivers’ has, the decline is seldom arrested. Charger fans, I believe you’ve seen the best of Phillip Rivers, it’s all downhill from here.

  59. jcdavey2011 says: Oct 18, 2012 8:03 AM

    an eagles friend of mine actually agreed with me

    my chargers pretty much are the eagles of the afc and vice versa

    that’s the truth…..

  60. eaglesfan29 says: Oct 18, 2012 8:58 AM

    9 INT 3 fumbles where is the back up..he is garbage lets say that. He can’t do half the things Vick can do all rivers do is whine. He gave the game alway and need to be hearing footsteps. He is know better than Vick or even that sorry QB in Dallas

  61. bigbluenationdb says: Oct 18, 2012 9:19 AM

    Rivers benefited from playing with two hall of camera during his early years. LT and Gates made him better then an average QB. As a QB he doesn’t make other players better. Peyton, Brady, Eli, Rodgers make their WRs better. Rivers can’t. Plus he has lost something on his passes. I think his delivery of the football has something to do with.

  62. raiderapologist says: Oct 18, 2012 11:01 AM

    humb0lt says: Oct 17, 2012 8:49 PM

    They can turn it around. They have the talent. They’ve proven they can dominate in the first half. They just need to learn to play complete games.
    The Bolts will beat the Browns, Chiefs and Bucaneers and retake control of the division by beating the Broncos in Denver on Norvember 11.
    Be a witness to it.
    ———-
    The Raiders were leading in the first half against the Dolphins, Broncos, and Falcons. Guess they just need to learn to play complete games as well. I remember when humb0lt said the Chargers were going to be 5-1 at this point and have control of the division. I witnessed that. Choo choo.

  63. captainloaded says: Oct 18, 2012 8:30 PM

    dannymac17 says:
    Oct 17, 2012 8:31 PM
    captainloaded says:
    Oct 17, 2012 8:23 PM
    Killer attitude??? I’ve never seen it from him. I’ve seen him pointing the finger at plenty of his teammates, though.

    _______________

    When was he pointing fingers at his own team mates??

    oh thats right, CAUSE IT NEVER HAPPENED.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Maybe I’m wrong, I just have so many memories of Phillip Rivers having temper tantrums on the field that were well documented and directed at his own teammates…..my bad.

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