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Chargers say they need a young quarterback

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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has started 176 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak for a quarterback in NFL history. But he won’t be around forever.

That’s why Chargers coach Anthony Lynn indicated at the league meeting that the Chargers will draft a quarterback who can back up the 35-year-old Rivers and compete with the 33-year-old Kellen Clemens for the No. 2 job.

“I think we do have to get a young quarterback on campus. We have to start developing someone because we have two veteran quarterbacks,” Lynn said. “Both of them are long in the tooth. I think they have some good years left in them — don’t get me wrong. But, you have to start thinking about down the line too.”

The Chargers have worked out Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and may draft one of them as the heir apparent to Rivers.

Rivers has indicated that he has no problem with the Chargers drafting a quarterback, but he also expects to start for at least a few more years. So the Chargers’ next starting quarterback may be drafted this month, even if Rivers thinks that quarterback will sit on the bench until Rivers’ streak is well over 200 consecutive games.

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  1. lobzila says: Apr 3, 2017 5:45 AM

    Uh-oh, first they give away his jersey to the twenty or so season ticket holders, now talk of drafting his replacement? Who are they fooling, he is getting traded soon! Its the Spanos way.

  2. inmisawa says: Apr 3, 2017 6:12 AM

    This guy doesn’t know what he’s doing. I get it, Rivers replacement needs to be addressed. But why do it in a year that everyone is saying has a weak QB class? The Chargers should be looking to trade their first round pick this year for a pick next year if they want a good QB. It wouldn’t be a waste of a pick because treated gonna suck again this year.

    And Rivers can’t be traded because he has a no trade clause. He is going to be put to pasture soon, though.

  3. arwiv says: Apr 3, 2017 6:53 AM

    The same talk is going on with Eli and Ben. Its just reality….they are all old. Most people arent Brady.

  4. eatme2259 says: Apr 3, 2017 7:01 AM

    That’s why Anthony Lynn bought the white windowless van.

  5. tonebones says: Apr 3, 2017 7:01 AM

    If the Chargers are going to make this decision based on the way Rivers played last year, they’re looking for a QB for the near future. If Rivers doesn’t show improvement over last season, the Chargers have to replace him. There were a few years where I thought Rivers was a top 5 QB, but those years appear to be in the rear view mirror.

  6. lingsun54 says: Apr 3, 2017 7:23 AM

    The Chargers need a new owner too.

  7. streetyson says: Apr 3, 2017 7:25 AM

    Eli:
    201 gp, 48218 yd (59.7%, 7.07 YPA), 320 TD, 215 INT, 79 Fum, 83.7 rat.
    Rivers:
    180 gp, 45833 yd (64.4%, 7.75 YPA), 314 T, 156 INT, 62 Fum, 94.7 rat.

    And (no offense to Chargers, but) that’s despite the benefit Eli had of being on a better team. Just think how good the Giants would have been with keeping Rivers instead of taking draft-crybaby Eli. The 10-point rating sums it up nicely. As does the fact that Eli has almost as many turnovers (INT+Fum=294) as TDs.

    No doubt G-fans will point to 2SBs. But both of those SBs owed as much to Coughlin and great Ds – and within that, 2007 came down to a massive stroke of helmet-catch luck and 2011 maybe shouldn’t have been at all due to a lucky/controversial NFCCG. And both those seasons were (as usual) very inconsistent, and all other seasons they were 4yrs one-&-done in the playoffs and missed them entirely the other 7yrs. I still say with Rivers the Giants would have gotten to and had at least one more SB, and Coughlin still in charge and revered like Belichick.

  8. intrafinesse says: Apr 3, 2017 8:57 AM

    As a Jets fan I’m worried that their GM (Mike Maccagnan) will do something stupid and draft yet another QB too high.
    So I’d love it if the Chargers draft a QB with their first pick.
    Take whoever the Jets covet.

  9. spdy34 says: Apr 3, 2017 9:06 AM

    Smart

  10. steelerdeathstar says: Apr 3, 2017 9:07 AM

    It wouldn’t seem like the Chargers need to take a QB in this draft, especially not Dobbs or Kizer.
    There most certainly are some franchise-type QB’s in this draft, but my point being that with Rivers likely to start for another couple years at least, they could easily wait until next season and it’s excellent QB group to make that choice.

  11. baldbuc says: Apr 3, 2017 9:32 AM

    Colin Kaepernick is available.

  12. r8rsfan says: Apr 3, 2017 9:32 AM

    What’s the point in coach making this comment? To motivate Rivers? Can’t think of a single reason to say this other than coach is a rookie.

  13. bondlake says: Apr 3, 2017 9:42 AM

    How can anyone be a Jets fan?

  14. avgpftposter says: Apr 3, 2017 10:00 AM

    @streetyson

    LOL at saying Eli has been on better teams. Philip Rivers played with LaDainian Tomlinson in his prime (don’t forget Darren Sproles too), and played with some very good defenses, himself. Rivers is a career choke-artist who’s had plenty of chances to even reach a Super Bowl, much less win two. You can use the classic Eli-hater excuse that he had a good defense but people seem to forget that the Giants D was ranked 17th in the NFL in 2007 and 27th in 2011, not to mention this argument diminishes some absolutely stellar play from Manning during those Super Bowl runs. Trust me, Giants fans would take him over Rivers any day, and as for your “Coughlin would still be coaching and respected” comment, really? His coaching blunders and terrible personnel evaluations were insufferable the last few seasons and Philip Rivers would not have done anything with Reuben Randle, Rashad Jennings, Markus Kuhn, and U’ani Unga on the roster, I can promise you that.

  15. James says: Apr 3, 2017 10:14 AM

    streetyson says:
    Apr 3, 2017 7:25 AM
    Eli:
    201 gp, 48218 yd (59.7%, 7.07 YPA), 320 TD, 215 INT, 79 Fum, 83.7 rat.
    Rivers:
    180 gp, 45833 yd (64.4%, 7.75 YPA), 314 T, 156 INT, 62 Fum, 94.7 rat.

    And (no offense to Chargers, but) that’s despite the benefit Eli had of being on a better team. Just think how good the Giants would have been with keeping Rivers instead of taking draft-crybaby Eli. The 10-point rating sums it up nicely. As does the fact that Eli has almost as many turnovers (INT+Fum=294) as TDs.

    No doubt G-fans will point to 2SBs. But both of those SBs owed as much to Coughlin and great Ds – and within that, 2007 came down to a massive stroke of helmet-catch luck and 2011 maybe shouldn’t have been at all due to a lucky/controversial NFCCG. And both those seasons were (as usual) very inconsistent, and all other seasons they were 4yrs one-&-done in the playoffs and missed them entirely the other 7yrs. I still say with Rivers the Giants would have gotten to and had at least one more SB, and Coughlin still in charge and revered like Belichick.

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    It is hard to make this argument one way or the other. Phillip Rivers was on arguably the best team in the league 3 or 4 years in a row. Eli was clutch. Took two 9-7 teams to a championship. Rivers has better stats but played on a team that went 14-2 and fired their coach because they could not win in the playoffs. You know how many playoff games they have won since then?

    That team also had a great run game, defense, HOF tight end, and top notch coaching. Everything you just pointed to Phil being better than Eli. Rivers had that in the prime of his career.

  16. asus313 says: Apr 3, 2017 10:54 AM

    LOL that Eli won 2 SB with ‘stronger’ teams. they were 9-7 both times?
    PR is a choke artist who played with the likes of Ladanian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, Darren Sproles and Vincent Jackson in their PRIME and choked every opportunity to win he had (not to mention the league’s top 5 defense in those years too).

  17. guyjuneguyjune says: Apr 3, 2017 11:01 AM

    Rivers is still outstanding. He’s had little or no protection the last few years and he’ll play for 2 or 3 more seasons (unless he’s walking with a cane this year). Fact is Carson City needs fans more than players. This move by the Spanos “Mob” is pathetic. Carson City doesn’t have a real “home game” for 2, maybe 3 years, “Home games” in Carson? Don’t believe it.

  18. granadafan says: Apr 3, 2017 11:24 AM

    LA doesn’t want the Chargers here. There is zero buzz about the Chargers.

  19. jag1959 says: Apr 3, 2017 11:25 AM

    streetyson says:
    Apr 3, 2017 7:25 AM

    And (no offense to Chargers, but) that’s despite the benefit Eli had of being on a better team. Just think how good the Giants would have been with keeping Rivers instead of taking draft-crybaby Eli.
    __________________

    Ahh, Pats fans… 18-1, you still mad bro?
    Eli is the anti Rivers. It’s never flashy, sometimes it’s downright ugly, but he has come up big in some of the biggest moments. BTW through the course of their careers in most years Rivers has had the better weapons at his disposal.

  20. alonestartexan says: Apr 3, 2017 11:26 AM

    Why do people keep bagging on the Chargers and their ticket sales? Everything I’ve read says that they’ve completely sold out their season tickets already.

  21. Jeff Williams says: Apr 3, 2017 11:42 AM

    PR is a choke artist? He had two legit chances to go to the Super Bowl. The first one was choked away by Marlon McCree’s fumble on an unnecessary INT return. The second one was done in by a torn ACL (one of about 100 serious injuries on the Bolts roster that year) that Rivers still tried to play on anyway. Every team after that got progressively worse and worse, with Rivers being the only thing keeping them in contention.

    But they are in LA now, so screw them.

    #SanDiegoChargers

  22. ytownie says: Apr 3, 2017 11:43 AM

    Just a predraft smokescreen to get someone to move up for a QB they might desire.

  23. alnoga99 says: Apr 3, 2017 11:53 AM

    Young, Vince

  24. mrcneff says: Apr 3, 2017 11:58 AM

    Had the Chargers not been so dumb in firing Marty, Rivers might have had that Super Bowl the next year.

  25. r8rsfan says: Apr 3, 2017 12:41 PM

    As a Raiders fan, Rivers has been a worthy opponent every time they’ve played. Like was said earlier, firing Schottenheimer was probably the biggest detriment to PR’s chances of winning a championship. Firing a guy after going 14-2 is absurd.

  26. aldavis4president says: Apr 3, 2017 12:43 PM

    It’s all mind games. He’s making the teams that do intend on drafting a QB alil nervous and might make them pull the trigger on a QB faster than they might’ve. the chargers are a really good team despite their record. If they could get a decent (durable) WR and maybe some secondary help, WATCH OUT

  27. Robert says: Apr 3, 2017 1:13 PM

    L.A. Raider fans bought up the 27,000 Season Tickets.

  28. dpdonny says: Apr 3, 2017 3:46 PM

    Why say anything? Teams draft young QBs all the time.

  29. ezpkns34 says: Apr 3, 2017 4:35 PM

    Probably should trade Rivers while they can get something

  30. guyjuneguyjune says: Apr 4, 2017 12:41 PM

    Amazing, yet again! The Spanos “Mob” puts it’s foot in it’s mouth again. Rookie Lynn is touting Carson City needs to draft a QB. That may be fine, but with Rivers, putting the best face he can on this disastrous re-location…Lynn is talking about his replacement? Now? This entire management is in dis-array from day 1 of the new season. They’ll get “curious” fans only with NO home games the next 2 to 3 years. Spanos is clearly setting up the team for sale. Too many players don’t like the new Spanos scheme. It’s a scheme which will self destruct. How about some more “FAKE’ PR events to promote Carson City? Pathetic.

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