Skip to content

Mike McCoy says Philip Rivers needs to get back to basics

Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers Getty Images

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.

Permalink 15 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Rumor Mill, San Diego Chargers
15 Responses to “Mike McCoy says Philip Rivers needs to get back to basics”
  1. sdcameron says: Jul 16, 2013 2:50 AM

    The o-line, particularly LT Mike Harris who simply was not ready, were the demise of Rivers last year. With some solid protection,he regain his skills.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 16, 2013 3:15 AM

    I wholeheartedly disagree with McCoy’s analysis. I have watched Rivers play enough. That’s not the advice he needs.

  3. lanjoith says: Jul 16, 2013 3:22 AM

    McCoy is the breath of fresh air SD needs. He can design a winning game plan around what he has to work with. Norv had no adaptability when things weren’t working. I see a top 5 offense. Combine that with a young but talented defense and I expect at least 10 wins.

  4. joetoronto says: Jul 16, 2013 4:34 AM

    In defence of Phyllis, it’s not easy shotputting the ball down the field at his age.

  5. floratiotime says: Jul 16, 2013 4:54 AM

    Basic #1 … stop choking.

  6. 4ever19 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:55 AM

    Or maybe he is who we knew he was – a big overrated whiny baby.

  7. bcgreg says: Jul 16, 2013 7:11 AM

    Here’s my theory on Philip Rivers.

    The knock on Rivers coming out of college was his throwing motion. While awkward, he could still make all of the throws. IMO, I say, don’t change the kid if he made it to the pros with this motion. However, now that he’s older, he simply can’t make the tougher throws anymore due to the poor mechanics of his throwing motion. I have heard many coaches say that the key to playing long in any sport is to have the fundamentals down. Rivers motion is FAR from the classic, fundamental throwing motion. He’s had a decent run, but unless the offense is scaled back in terms of the coaches not expecting him to make the tight throws, SD won’t do very much in the passing game. Plus, he has no mobility to buy himself any time. Yes, he was never great at this, but you need good fundamentals to be effective on the “run”. I’m afraid Rivers is pretty much done.

  8. jjackwagon says: Jul 16, 2013 8:44 AM

    Phyllis needs to be a better leader and stop blaming the rest of the team when things aren’t going her way.

  9. strikers99 says: Jul 16, 2013 9:13 AM

    he needs to go back to junior high

  10. 619sdfan4life says: Jul 16, 2013 10:03 AM

    @Joetoronto seriously man you have used that comment like 3-4 times before. Get some new material

  11. humb0lt says: Jul 16, 2013 10:57 AM

    64.1 percent completion rate, 3606 yards, 26 TD passes, 15 INTs, 88.6 rating. That is the man’s worst season, and he gets dissed. Lots of jealous AFC West rivals.

    One stat tells the real story of Phil’s failure last year: 49 sacks. He also fumbled 15 times, losing 7, turning over the ball a total of 22 times.

    It’s pretty obvious: Fix the OL, fix Phil Rivers.

  12. steelerben says: Jul 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    The decline of Rivers has, not coincidentally, followed the decline of talent on the team with him. Matthews is unable to stay healthy, and hasn’t impressed when he is on the field. There is no real #1 wide receiver on the team. The offensive line has been shocking. Antonio Gates is a beast, but has been injury plagued.

    Ten wins is a bit ambitious, considering what AJ Smith did to this team. But, .500 ball is reasonable to expect on a rebuilding team.

  13. yaryers says: Jul 16, 2013 12:15 PM

    jjackwagon – when has Rivers EVER blames the team? I challenge you to find one instance where this actually happened. Do it.

    Do it.

  14. billyb1970 says: Jul 16, 2013 12:29 PM

    Good thing they decided rivers was better than brees…..not!

  15. braxton29 says: Jul 16, 2013 1:34 PM

    bcgreg says:
    Jul 16, 2013 7:11 AM
    Here’s my theory on Philip Rivers.

    The knock on Rivers coming out of college was his throwing motion. While awkward, he could still make all of the throws. IMO, I say, don’t change the kid if he made it to the pros with this motion. However, now that he’s older, he simply can’t make the tougher throws anymore due to the poor mechanics of his throwing motion. I have heard many coaches say that the key to playing long in any sport is to have the fundamentals down. Rivers motion is FAR from the classic, fundamental throwing motion. He’s had a decent run, but unless the offense is scaled back in terms of the coaches not expecting him to make the tight throws, SD won’t do very much in the passing game. Plus, he has no mobility to buy himself any time. Yes, he was never great at this, but you need good fundamentals to be effective on the “run”. I’m afraid Rivers is pretty much done.

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

    Yeah, you’re wrong. If you really want to know what is wrong with him, ask his former GM, A.J. Smith, because he is as much responsible for Rivers’ so-called decline as anyone. Yes, Rivers made bad decisions on the field but if you take a minute to see what the man had to work with a few years ago compared to what he has to work with now, you’d see why the offense as a whole has taken such a step back altogether. Once upon a time, Rivers had a legitimate running game in LT and Darren Sproles as well as Michael Turner for a while and he also had Vincent Jackson and a younger Antonio Gates as well as great pass-protectors in Marcus McNeil and Kris Dielman. Year by year, one by one, all of these players either retired or found work elsewhere and A.J. Smith, in all his “wisdom” either replaced them with clearly inferior talent or didn’t bother to replace them at all. Last year, it was evident that Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal don’t make up for the departure of Vincent Jackson, Ryan Mathews is no LT, Jared Gaither and Mike Harris were awful LTs, we didn’t bother to replace Sproles or Dielman and Gates isn’t the same player he was a few years ago. As Coach McCoy has stated, Rivers was trying to do too much and considering what he had to work with last year, what choice did he have?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!