Chris Simms top 40 QB countdown, No. 17: Philip Rivers

Chris Simms top 40 QB countdown: Philip Rivers
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Philip Rivers isn’t happy that some people think he’s done. Chris Simms isn’t one of those people.

Simms has the new Colts starter at No. 17 on the list of all NFL quarterbacks for 2020.

Rivers, who is getting the same $25 million for the coming season that Drew Brees will be getting from the Saints and that Tom Brady will be getting from the Buccaneers, isn’t in their class. But Rivers has something they don’t — a high-end offensive line and the benefit of reduced expectations.

Still, it’s hard not to forgot those seven interceptions that Rivers threw in a pair of back-to-back prime-time games last year, and it’s hard not to wonder whether the game has begun to pass him by. To the extent that Rivers can use that at fuel for this season, advantage Colts.

Eventually we’ll see what kind of advantage Rivers brings to a Colts team that, as of last year, assumed Andrew Luck would be the starter for years to come.

More from Chris Simms top 40 QBs list:

No. 40: Tua Tagovailoa

No. 39: Dwayne Haskins

No. 38: Mitchell Trubisky

No. 37: Justin Herbert

No. 36: Taysom Hill

No. 35: Jarrett Stidham

No. 34: Tyrod Taylor

No. 33: Jameis Winston

No. 32: Case Keenum

No. 31: Nick Foles

No. 30: Gardner Minshew II

No. 29: Teddy Bridgewater

No. 28: Ryan Fitzpatrick

No. 27: Andy Dalton

No. 26: Joe Burrow

No. 25: Drew Lock

No. 24 Jared Goff

No. 23: Sam Darnold

No. 22: Daniel Jones

No. 21: Baker Mayfield

No. 20: Jimmy Garoppolo

No. 19: Derek Carr

No. 18: Josh Allen

5 responses to “Chris Simms top 40 QB countdown, No. 17: Philip Rivers

  1. I don’t know that I would agree that he “isn’t in the same class.” He is. He may not be ahead of them, but he does have a pretty impressive record on some pretty bad teams. Can’t fault him for that.

    That aside, in 2020 his game has slid. But so has Brady’s (I am sorry, last year’s performance was not because he had no receivers. Threw a lot of ducks, his accuracy was off, and he has been statistically and visibly in decline since at least 2018. Think Patriots unwillingness to give a longer term contract.) I am sure Brees’ has too – a little. I think 17 is reasonable for the 2020 season.

  2. Rivers behind that offensive line will show everyone that last years decline was more about the Chargers front office’s inability to understand fundamental football. The Chargers continually put retread tires on a sports car and wonder why the team never wins anything. Rivers will show that he has 3 to 5 more productive years. I am rooting for Rivers and the Colts.

  3. Experience counts for something when playing QB. Rivers may have physically on the decline but can still read defenses.

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