Philip Rivers still yaps as much now on the field as he did when he first drew Champ Bailey's ire five years ago. The difference now is that Bailey believes he's earned the right.
''Back then, he was talking when he shouldn't have. I think he hadn't earned his respect around the league at that point,'' Bailey said. ''But now it's a different story.''
At the time, Rivers was in his second season as a starting quarterback, had yet to win a playoff game and was still considered a secondary light on the Chargers' offense behind running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who was a year removed from scoring an NFL-record 31 touchdowns.
Rivers was still maturing, but by then had already established mastery over the Broncos, which continued with 23-3 victory on Dec. 24, 2007 - Rivers' fourth in as four starts against them. With 5:35 left in the fourth quarter, Rivers and then-Broncos quarterback Cutler engaged in a shouting match, while ...