If the San Diego Chargers are going to make a return to the postseason after three straight seasons sitting on the sidelines in January they will need quarterback Philip Rivers to return to top form.
Both Rivers and head coach Mike McCoy believe Rivers is capable of being that player once again for the Chargers. Rivers says his best days are still ahead of him. McCoy said he believes Rivers can complete 70-percent of his passes. In order to do so, McCoy has a plan to get Rivers back to playing his best.
“We have to get him going back to basics; take what the defense is giving you,” McCoy said in an interview on the NFL Network. “Don’t be afraid to check it down. You don’t have to make that big play every play. We are going to do some different things in the passing game with him, raise the completion percentage, get the ball out of his hand a little bit quicker, help the offense line, run the football.”
Rivers had arguably his worst season since 2007 a season ago. While he did complete 64-percent of his passes, he had five-year lows in yards, yards per attempt, touchdowns and passer rating. McCoy believes Rivers tried to do too much last year. He feels simplifying things and getting back to the foundations of being a quarterback will get Rivers back to among the league’s most productive passers.
“You don’t have to do it by yourself. Everyone in the organization – offense, defense, special teams – we all have to play better. That is the way we are going to approach it,” McCoy said.