Tom Telesco: Have to build this differently without Philip Rivers

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The prospect of Philip Rivers moving on after 16 years with the Chargers was on the table long before Monday, but that’s when it became official that the quarterback won’t be back with the team.

Rivers and the Chargers offered joint statements saying that their conversations led to the conclusion that it is best for both sides to part ways once Rivers hits free agency. That’s led to plenty of speculation about what’s next for Rivers, but there’s plenty of uncertainty about the Chargers’ plans as well.

It has been a long time since they’ve had to think about finding a starting quarterback and having Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick on the roster probably doesn’t rule out any other options that may be available to them this offseason. General Manager Tom Telesco isn’t showing any cards about what direction they may ultimately take in Los Angeles.

“But there’s an excitement getting into a new era of Charger football. And you have to build this a different way without Philip here anymore,” Telesco said, via Albert Breer of SI.com. “It’s not gonna be easy, I know that, because from Philip you knew year after year after year, you got consistent play, high level play and a quarterback you could count on, every single day. Not just games, but practice. He was accountable day in, day out. It’s gonna be new here.”

The Chargers’ decision will be one of many puzzle pieces to fall into place during what’s shaping up to be as intriguing an offseason for quarterbacks as we’ve seen in some time.

5 responses to “Tom Telesco: Have to build this differently without Philip Rivers

  1. ““It’s not gonna be easy, I know that, because from Philip you knew year after year after year, you got consistent play, high level play and a quarterback you could count on, every single day. Not just games, but practice. He was accountable day in, day out. It’s gonna be new here.”
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    I love this quote. On the one hand a fantastic compliment to Rivers which is well deserved. But looking at it the other way it sounds like he’s resigned himself to having somebody at QB who is inconsistent and unaccountable. That may in fact be true but odd to see the GM suggesting that to be a possibility.

  2. Eli Manning
    Philip Rivers
    Ben Roethlisberger

    What a QB Draft. Think of all the first round pics since. Not a lot of good ones since then.

    Giants, Chargers and Steelers were set at the QB position for a long time. Steelers may still be for a couple years.

  3. I think it is funny those saying that Brady would go to the Chargers. With that 3rd rate offensive line, Brady would be on his duff all day everyday.
    The poor sucker that takes the job better be a runner because that is exactly what they will be doing…. Running….
    Leaving the Chargers is the BEST THING for Rivers. He’ll find a team with a big offensive line, and have plenty of time to through it.

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