Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/25/13
For the first time in years San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers must learn a new offensive system with new terminology new calls and new reads and people say that may be good. I don't. I say it's downright necessary. And here's why: Philip Rivers is in a position not all that far removed from where Kurt Warner was when he first went to Arizona. He's won playoff games. He's been to Pro Bowls. And he's thrown for a gazillion yards. But like Warner then he's been victimized by a shortage of playmakers and an abundance of sacks -- both of which combined to produce too many mistakes and not enough victories.Yet Warner recovered bouncing back under a new system that included new terminology new calls and new reads and run by the same guy now in charge of San Diego's offense -- former Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt. What he did for Warner was jump-start his career through exercises that were as much mental as they were physical. He sharpened his focus by throwing something new at him and it not only cleaned up his errors; it got him back to become one of the game's top quarterbacks. Warner needed that then. Rivers needs that now. And this is his chance. "I think it can be a good thing" Rivers said after Thursday's first day of training camp "because of the newness of the terminology the system and the verbiage ... and the challenge of all that. 'This offseason was definitely different than I've had for awhile for that reason. I knew the other offense because I'd been calling it for nine years. But now it's kind of like 'Man I've got to bear down to call the play to call the coverage a little bit different ... just to be able to speak in the meeting room.' And that's been good."
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

David Ortiz thinking about comeback after Chris Sale trade?

Jeff Fisher hilariously explains why he couldn’t find challenge flag

Dodgers have reportedly been in touch with Jose Bautista

D’Qwell Jackson suspended four games for PED use

Coaches irked by late-season Thursday night division games?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Donatas Motiejunas refuses to report to Rockets after they match RFA offer sheet

Green-Beckham touted fake charity for #MyCauseMyCleats

Rashaan Salaam dead at 42

Claire Smith becomes first woman to win BBWAA’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award

Report: Gregory eligible to practice, could play in Week 16

49ers say Colin Kaepernick will start against Jets

The best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

The five must-have sports games of 2016

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 1: News, notes and rumors

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

Box Score 12/6: Klay Thompson and the ball of fire

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL sweaters)

This Jaguars regime needs to be put out of its misery

The good, bad, and ugly from NFL Week 13

Championship Week as explained by Diana Ross

Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson

MLB Winter Meetings primer: Every team's trade temperature on the hot stove

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The five best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

The five must-have sports games of 2016

Winter Meetings report, Day 1: News, notes and rumors

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL Christmas sweaters)

The good, bad, and ugly from NFL Week 13

Championship Week as explained by Diana Ross

Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson

Winter Meetings primer: Every team's trade temperature on the hot stove

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker