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Featured Stat: In the second half of the 2011 season, Philip Rivers composed a stat line of 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions and a 96.8 QB rating. (Like many players last season, could we attribute Philip’s early struggles to the lockout?)
As 166.8 million people watched Eli Manning hoist his second Super Bowl ring, the pressure became greater for the very man the Giants swapped to get him. It’s no secret that the Chargers have been the NFL’s true underachievers for the last few years. It’s also no secret that this may be the last time we see the Norv Turner regime borrowing another failed season. But what about Philip Rivers?
His draft counterparts have been to the Super Bowl a combined five times and have won four of the them. The closest Rivers has sniffed the Super Bowl was in 2008 which, by the way, was a gutsy performance on his part. But since then the Chargers have been to the postseason three times and have faltered in the divisional round including a 2009 season in which the Chargers won 8 straight to end the season only to lose to the Jets.
“I think having been out of the postseason two years in a row there’s a maybe even greater … hunger to get back to playing in January,” says the NC State alum. “If there is such a thing as having more of a sense of urgency, then that certainly has been felt because of the outcome of the past two seasons.”
You also forgot to add doubt to the reason Philip. No one believes you and the Chargers are a threat anymore. You guys have become all bark and no bite. A talented roster like this should be competing every season. But regardless, the pressure will always lie on the man under center. Yes Big Ben and Eli have had tremendous talent around them, but the two have shined bright in the biggest moments of their career. We’re looking for the same thing from you Phil.
Ultimately if Philip Rivers and the Chargers can’t get it done this season, I believe there needs to be a new perception of the quarterback. Not a choker, not a average quarterback. But a guy that just happened to be in the same class as two potential Hall of Famers. The Alvin Robertson of the 2004 NFL Draft if you will(see 1984 NBA Draft). It’s not too late, but time is getting short for not only the Chargers, but their franchise quarterback.