While a throng of kids that stands at six and possibly counting suggests that Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers may want to thinking about getting “fixed,” he rejects the notion that, as a football player, he needs to be.
“The thing that’s gotten to me this off-season is, ‘Who’s going to fix Philip?‘” Rivers tells Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “That phrase, I almost laugh it off. That drives me nuts, really.
“There’s no question I’m responsible for some of the plays and some of the games we haven’t won. I’m not going to shy away from that. But we can go sit in there and watch a lot of tape from last year, and I’ll ask you, ‘What do you want to fix?’ It’s just about eliminating some of the bad plays.”
It’s also about getting the guy some help. The difference between Archie Manning and Peyton Manning has more to do with supporting cast than innate skill. Early in his career, Rivers enjoyed teammates more like those who played with Peyton in Indy. More recently, the Chargers have started to look like Archie’s Saints.
So Rivers doesn’t need to be fixed. But it’s hard to chase championships when your top receiver is a guy who never really did much of anything during the seasons when Vincent Jackson was drawing double coverage on a regular basis.
Still, Chargers fans undoubtedly are hoping that a little of the blessing Pope Francis personally bestowed on Rivers’ youngest son will bleed through to the quarterback as he ventures into a phase of his career when he’ll be feeling from time to time like Job.