Philip Rivers to “regroup” after the 2019 season

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When last we saw Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, he was misfiring badly on eight straight throws with a game versus the Raiders on the line, one of which incompletions was wiped out by a defensive penalty. Instantly, an overpowering sense emerged that Rivers was embarking on his final stretch of games with the only team for which he has played.

Earlier this week, Rivers reiterated his desire to continue to play for the Chargers when the move into their swanky new stadium in Inglewood next season.

“I think that is my desire,” Rivers said, via Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com. “But I do think that it only seems right to say, ‘All right, let’s take a deep breath and regroup.’ I kept saying, a couple years, a couple years or a handful, and then I went to the ‘one year at a time.’ And I think that’s where it is, and that only makes sense when your contract is up and you’re going to be 38 here in a few weeks.”

Rivers officially becomes two years shy of 40 on December 8.

“I’m just going to have kind of a self- and family-evaluation of it all, and also know that it’s not solely my decision. If you would’ve asked me and I had two years left [on a contract], I would say, ‘Of course I’m going to play.’ I’m not turning in on them, you know what I mean? So I think it only makes sense. I don’t think this is breaking news, but I think that’s the prudent thing to do and the most reasonable thing. But my intention certainly is to be playing in 2020.”

The Chargers have significant say in whether Rivers returns. Although, as Williams notes, G.M. Tom Telesco said earlier this year that Rivers will be back, it would be foolish for the Chargers to not explore all options, especially as they struggle to establish a foothold in L.A. The Rams consistently have made personnel decisions with both substance and style in mind, and they’ve developed a team that both contends and compels. The Chargers need to begin building their team with an eye toward whether and to what extent a given player will move the needle in a city that remains largely fickle and fractured when it comes to NFL loyalties.

So whether it’s Cam Newton or Tom Brady or a trade up for a rookie with sizzle or whoever, the Chargers need to make entertainment value a factor in the broader decision regarding whether No. 17 should return for a seventeenth season.

22 responses to “Philip Rivers to “regroup” after the 2019 season

  1. He will not win anything with Anthony Lynn as his head coach. Lynn is in over his head and gets badly outcoached in too many important games.

  2. Let’s not be so quick to push 17 out the door just yet. Once the Raiders missed the XP on their final drive, every Charger fan expected Rivers to drive them to FG range, especially with 3 TO’s in his pocket.

    I’m sure that Rivers is not the first QB to throw 8 straight incompletions. And let’s not forget that he skillfully drove the previous two possessions to a FG and a TD to take the lead in the final two minutes.

    Dean Spanos needs his HOF QB and leader to generate maximum interest in the new stadium, while offsetting Deans own x-rated tirades. Philip doesn’t need $35M to play another year…but increasing his consecutive start streak to 240 and his Wins as a starter to 140+ surely will guarantee 1st ballot induction to Canton, and generate more butts in seats for at least 2020.

  3. ♫ “Ol’ man Rivers
    That ol’ man Rivers
    He don’t say nothing
    But he must know something
    Cause he just keeps rolling
    He keeps rolling along…” ♫

  4. As a former Chargers fan, it is my hope that Philip can get to another team somewhere where he can get his ring. That is the tradition for the Chargers that started with the franchise’s first marque star, Lance ‘Bambi’ Alworth, who had to get traded to the Cowboys to win a championship. That’s the only way a Charger can get a ring.

  5. I’ve always found Rivers to be entertaining, controversial and passionate. Florio, how can you say he lacks sizzle? Have you ever talked to him?

    Once Rivers leaves, the Chargers will languish near the bottom of the league for a very long time.

    Rivers should go to a team that gives him a great chance to win a ring and fills their stadium with fans who would appreciate him. Perhaps the Titans.

  6. That’s some good ol gosh golly darn Alabama double talk. Agree with Patsfan4life. Hopefully Tiffany & Co. is more of a priority than the man that signs his current check. I can’t mention Fredo’s real name, sorry.

  7. You can’t say he’s done after one bad game! Most ageing QBs don’t cliff, they begin to have more erratic seasons, often because they’re struggling more and more with niggling injuries and the desire to fight through all that soreness and ever-longer recovery times. He could easily have another one or two classic spells left in him. But head on over to the Pats thread and see the salty mountain of hate rant about Brady cliffs and the death of dynasty after every single Pats’ lost game since 2014.

  8. Rivers is the heart and soul of the Chargers. I couldn’t imagine the Chargers without him, but at the same time I do believe he deserves better.

  9. One of my high school classmates, him and his wife, have 11 children.
    I told him that he should go buy a TV set.

  10. I don’t think that Tom Brady will play for any other team once he decides to retire. My gut tells me that we are about to see the closing of an era with a number of aging quarterbacks retire that have contributed heavily to the NFT for the last 15-20 years. would certainly hope they don’t try to string things out, but suffer a life changing injury in the process.

  11. His arm looked like a noodle during the end of the game. Not a good sign for a guy going on 38. Chargers looked real good heading into the playoffs last year

  12. Rivers is NOT finished. He’s had a weird season but few pundits mention why. It’s because he has no veterans on his OL, with RT battling health issues, All-Pro Pouncey lost to neck surgery and draft bust Forrest Lamp is on IR with a broken angkle. That game in Oakland was like all of LA’s losses, e.g., Rivers feeling pressure with a collapsing pocket and throwing picks. BEFORE that game, he had the most passing yardage in the NFL and continued his string of never missing a start since September 2005.

    AFTER that game, Rivers is now suddenly “done.” This came just FOUR DAYS after leading a 26-3 beat-down that ended with a 26-11 win over the then 7-1 Packers in LA with the stands loaded with GB fans, a fluke win maybe, but had some pundits jumping on Rivers’ bandwagon.

    NO WAY Rivers suits up in another uniform. In 2015, pundits speculated he’d be traded to the Tians for its #1 pick (Mariota). Instead he got extended four years. NO WAY Rivers pack up his nine (9) kids, rips ’em out of school and leaves the state. He’ll re-sign with the Chargers or he’ll retire.

  13. Rivers is NOT finished. He’s had a weird season but few pundits mention why. It’s because he has no veterans on his OL, with RT Okung battling health issues, All-Pro Pouncey lost to neck surgery and draft bust Forrest Lamp on IR with a broken ankle. That game in Oakland was like all of LA’s losses, e.g., Rivers feeling pressure with a collapsing pocket and throwing picks. BEFORE that game, he had the most passing yardage in the NFL and continued his string of never missing a start since September 2006.

    AFTER that game, Rivers is now suddenly “done.” This comes just FOUR DAYS after leading a 26-3 beat-down that ended with a 26-11 win over the then 7-1 Packers in LA with the stands loaded with GB fans, a fluke win maybe, but had some pundits jumping on Rivers’ bandwagon.

    NO WAY Rivers suits up in another uniform. In 2015, pundits speculated he’d be traded to the Tians for its #1 pick (Mariota). Instead he got extended four years. NO WAY Rivers packs up his nine (9) kids and rips ’em out of school to leave his home. He’ll re-sign with the Chargers or he’ll retire.

  14. The old Hebrew saying stands here,i.e. “Don’t throw away dirty water until you have clean.” I watched Trubiski, I watched Goff, I watched Haskell, I watched Jones, I watched Winston, I watched Wentz. Rivers has two to three more years. He has no offensive line.

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