No one had a problem with San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip River when he had a boatload of weapons, but now that the cupboard is bare, it’s Rivers last dance.
A.J. Smith and Norv Turner took a team that in 2006 was considered the most talented in the NFL and depleted it over the years. The only valuable player that was left at the end of the 2012 season was Rivers.
Any quarterback starved team would severe their right arm to acquire Rivers, so if the Chargers were to cut ties after the 2013 season, they would only be hurting themselves.
According to Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego, this could be Rivers ‘final audition’ as a Charger.
‘This is the year that Rivers' contract, renegotiated in 2009, happens to peak in cap value. The $17.11 million, worth 13.9 percent, will drop more than $2 million in 2014. Acee said the Chargers' decision to sit tight on Rivers "speaks volumes."
Rivers and the new bosses need to help each other, and have talked excitedly about doing just that. Tom Telesco has imported three offensive linemen and a well-rounded No. 2 or 3 tight end, but more needs to be done up front.
The rookie general manager found Rivers a versatile playmaker in running back Danny Woodhead. I'd like to see him bring in a durable pass-catcher, too.
McCoy has talked of using a "quick passing" game -- which would be old hat to the two offensive line coaches he hired -- and said he's open to using the no-huddle. For the first time, Rivers will work with a Chargers coach (Frank Reich) who played in the NFL and grasps the no-huddle.’