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Philip Rivers: I didn’t say anything out of line when yelling at the refs

Philip Rivers, Greg Wilson AP

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers got a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after screaming at the officials during Sunday’s game against the Titans, but afterward Rivers said he didn’t use any bad words.

Although Rivers acknowledged that he wishes he would have stopped talking before drawing a penalty flag, he said he thinks the officials threw the flag just because he threw up his hands in frustration, and not because of anything he said.

I didn’t say one thing that was out of line. Again, that’s no excuse. I’m certainly not proud of getting a penalty,” Rivers said, via AL.com.

Rivers was yelling at the officials because they made an offensive pass interference call that negated a touchdown pass, but he admitted after the game that he doesn’t know if it was a bad call.

“I’ve not seen the replay,” Rivers said. “I’m not sure if it was the right call or not. Obviously that’s what I was so upset about. It was a big play. It was a big play in the game. It was a touchdown and it gets called back.”

I have seen the replay, and I’ll tell Rivers: It was a good call. And the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty the officials gave Rivers was also a good call, as Rivers got in the officials’ faces and refused to back off even after he was told to step away. Whether Rivers said anything that was “out of line” or not, when the officials have made their call and are telling you to get back to your huddle, you need to get back to your huddle. Rivers wouldn’t listen, and he cost his team 15 yards.

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36 Responses to “Philip Rivers: I didn’t say anything out of line when yelling at the refs”
  1. 808raiderinparadise says: Sep 24, 2013 7:11 PM

    awwwwwwwwwwww poor philip was a weeetull bit upset

  2. prmpft says: Sep 24, 2013 7:14 PM

    It is always out of line to yell at the refs unless you are a JACKASS! Or a drunk fan!

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 24, 2013 7:16 PM

    That was a terrible call to begin with. The Patriots, Broncos and Saints run rub routes every game and never get called for it. I understood his anger and he should not have been flagged. Ended up being pivotal in the game.

  4. headonaswivel says: Sep 24, 2013 7:20 PM

    Perhaps you didn’t “say” anything out of line.

    My guess is you got penalized for being, continually, the most annoying person playing football today.

    It’s not like every ref doesn’t know ahead of time that you are going to whine about ever call that goes against the you; not to mention the annoying habit of invading their personal space and yelling while doing so.

  5. lurchpapa says: Sep 24, 2013 7:28 PM

    Rivers is really coming into his own this year, and it’s really disappointing when you see a guy like him (with such strong, throbbing arm muscles that pulsate and glisten in the San Diego sun) act in such a way.

    Unfortunately, his attitude is reminding me a lot of Rae Carruth, Eric Bickell, and Matt Valdez.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 24, 2013 7:33 PM

    Philip was just asking the man how many fingers he was holding up. To test his faculties.

  7. dmnirican says: Sep 24, 2013 7:39 PM

    “That was a terrible call to begin with. The Patriots, Broncos and Saints run rub routes every game and never get called for it. I understood his anger and he should not have been flagged. Ended up being pivotal in the game.”

    Definitely a Chargers fan – to call that a “rub route” is like saying that Rivers had a calm discussion with the officials after the play. That receiver ran directly into the defender, stopping his progress, and then did a little pirouette in an attempt to play it off.

    It was a good call, and Rivers, in admitting that he was arguing simply for the sake of arguing, showed why so many people in and around the NFL can’t stand him.

  8. norvturnersneck says: Sep 24, 2013 8:03 PM

    I agree too. His conduct was that of a 5 year old trying to get the last word.

  9. andyr2120 says: Sep 24, 2013 8:03 PM

    Seems like opposing teams should start jawing at Rivers from the first play of the game. You can usually count on him to make at least one boneheaded move when he gets pissed. Great arm, nothing above the neck…

  10. rodgers419 says: Sep 24, 2013 8:11 PM

    No, you wont tell Philip Rivers. He’s a multi million dollar athlete. You’re an internet blogger.

  11. chargerdillon says: Sep 24, 2013 8:16 PM

    Chargers fan here. Fact is he’s 100% right in that same play being used by other teams who never get called for it.

    He’s right to be mad, but he’s not right to get his team penalized to prove the point.

    Who knows who wins if Rivers doesn’t lose control.

    BS call, but his antics were far more BS.

    Call it like I see it.

  12. lightninglucci says: Sep 24, 2013 8:23 PM

    I’ll buy that he didn’t curse or say anything out of line, but that’s not the point. It’s the way he said whatever he said that drew the penalty.

    Don’t disrespect the refs. They’re not baseball umpires.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 24, 2013 8:24 PM

    “You’ll have to answer to God. Up there!”.

  14. lewiscafarella says: Sep 24, 2013 8:36 PM

    He said, “Your mom goes to college.” Don’t lie Phil.

  15. raider8er says: Sep 24, 2013 8:43 PM

    Even as a Raider fan I have always respected Rivers game. But whining/yelling to the refs reminds me of Jeff Hostetler’s short run as OAK QB. Lots of complaining to the refs about his 3 and outs.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 24, 2013 8:46 PM

    Oh yeah, the Packers are another team that does it all the time and never gets called for it.

  17. notoriousjebus says: Sep 24, 2013 8:47 PM

    Brady, Manning, Brees can get away with similar behavior because they are marquee names for the shield. This was a reminder to Rivers that after a few bad seasons he’s no longer one of those marquee players and needs to behave accordingly.

  18. donnymacjack says: Sep 24, 2013 8:48 PM

    Rivers and Suh need to go into business together. Call it Ruh’s “Don’t Take the Blame” consulting firm. You do the crime, we’ll pay the fine!

  19. kinetik37 says: Sep 24, 2013 9:16 PM

    Bunch of pansies here. I like my leaders to get in people’s faces. It works in the USMC. Rivers cares and he shows it.

  20. rayguyreturns says: Sep 24, 2013 9:48 PM

    Always have liked Rivers. His fire is something you can’t teach. If that had been Brady though, it would have been a non-call. Book it.

  21. ohiobears says: Sep 24, 2013 10:26 PM

    No wonder why him and cutler don’t get along… The last second play this pansie is too scared to grab the ball he kicks it, while cutler is lowering shoulders and truck sticking safeties. Not a big fan of this cry baby

  22. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Sep 24, 2013 10:31 PM

    notoriousjebus, as a Broncos fan that watches every Bronco snap, I can say unequivocally that Peyton Manning (as a Bronco) has NEVER acted similarly to the way Rivers acted on Sunday. But don’t let the facts get in the way of your pathetic drivel. Moron.

  23. biggestsaintsfanever says: Sep 24, 2013 10:50 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 24, 2013 7:16 PM

    That was a terrible call to begin with. The Patriots, Broncos and Saints run rub routes every game and never get called for it. I understood his anger and he should not have been flagged. Ended up being pivotal in the game.
    —————————————————————————–
    The difference is, when the Patriots, Broncos and Saints run rub routes every game and never get called for it, it’s becausethey don’t commit offensive pass interference while doing it.

  24. titaniksigh says: Sep 24, 2013 10:52 PM

    Why do these morons even argue?! Have you ever seen a ref say, “Oh, ok. You’re right. Thanks for pointing out my mistake.”?? No, you haven’t, and we never will. Just shut up, and go play football. Rivers has always been a whiny baby.

  25. Eric Fay says: Sep 24, 2013 11:04 PM

    if a franchise quarterback argues with a ref and pushes him to the ground, how long a suspension does the QB get?

  26. slick50ks says: Sep 25, 2013 12:44 AM

    Phyllis’ entire career can be summed up in one famous saying.

    “Million dollar arm, ten cent head”.

  27. lobzila says: Sep 25, 2013 12:48 AM

    I think that is the first time I ever saw Phillip Rivers lose a game with his mouth. Normally its his playing skills that lose games for the Chargers. Maybe time to start looking at a replacement for him? This coming from a Charger fan.

  28. mccontrary says: Sep 25, 2013 10:31 AM

    For those calling for Philip’s head, here are his stats: 70 percent completions, 8 Yds/Att, 8 TDs, 1 Int, making him one of the league’s most efficient passers over three games. He may not think his constant mouth is a problem because he doesn’t use profanity, but it is. It’s a problem because the refs say it’s a problem. If he’s smart he’ll pay attention and stuff a cork in it.

  29. kinetik37 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:33 AM

    Plenty of other reasons why the Bolts lost this game. I mainly look at running the ball at 3rd and 9. Who are you going to trust? Rivers and Gates or a depleted young secondary on a final drive? Marty ball sunk us.

    P.s. – yes that was a push-off.

  30. mccontrary says: Sep 25, 2013 12:23 PM

    “if a franchise quarterback argues with a ref and pushes him to the ground, how long a suspension does the QB get?”
    —-
    You can’t be talking about the Chargers-Titans game, because that never happened.
    It’s OK for him to argue; every good QB does. He just shouldn’t be so obnoxious about it.

  31. Jay says: Sep 25, 2013 1:11 PM

    Phillip has done this his whole career! He yells at fans, players, coaches, and refs. He yelled at a ref during their loss to the Texans too. Philip will never bring SD a Super Bowl ever.

  32. kinetik37 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:25 PM

    Phillip has done this his whole career! He yells at fans, players, coaches, and refs. He yelled at a ref during their loss to the Texans too. Philip will never bring SD a Super Bowl ever.
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    Rivers won’t win a superbowl because he yells at people?

  33. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:48 PM

    kinetik37 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:25 PM

    Phillip has done this his whole career! He yells at fans, players, coaches, and refs. He yelled at a ref during their loss to the Texans too. Philip will never bring SD a Super Bowl ever.
    ——————————————————
    Rivers won’t win a superbowl because he yells at people?
    —————

    I know, right? As if Brady doesn’t do it every week? Oh wait, those three titles have asterisks next to them #notthebestexample

  34. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 25, 2013 1:50 PM

    biggestsaintsfanever says: Sep 24, 2013 10:50 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 24, 2013 7:16 PM

    That was a terrible call to begin with. The Patriots, Broncos and Saints run rub routes every game and never get called for it. I understood his anger and he should not have been flagged. Ended up being pivotal in the game.
    —————————————————————————–
    The difference is, when the Patriots, Broncos and Saints run rub routes every game and never get called for it, it’s becausethey don’t commit offensive pass interference while doing it.
    —————

    Yes, they do.

  35. Jay says: Sep 25, 2013 3:17 PM

    No he won’t win because he’s a 5 year old.

  36. Jay says: Mar 17, 2014 9:39 PM

    No he won’t win because he isn’t able to lead.

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