By Adam McGill
This past Monday may have finally pushed Rivers’ owners over the edge. He only completed 26 of his 41 passes; not to mention the 2 interceptions and the eventual game losing fumble. He was having problems completing simple passes downfield and had a better time throwing to the Chiefs. He is no longer throwing the tight spirals that we have become accustomed to seeing and the former first round draft pick has seemingly regressed quite a bit. He was a Pro Bowler in 2009 and 2010, but do not expect this quarterback to head to Hawaii this winter.
He has single-handedly killed fantasy owners over the first half of the year with only 7 touchdowns to go along with his overwhelming 11 interceptions. Most optimists like to think that his struggles can be attributed to the ineffectiveness of Antonio Gates, but even the best tight end in the game could not help Rivers put up fantasy worthy numbers. He is obviously a better starting option with Gates in the lineup, but he should still be able to put up decent numbers without the seven-time Pro Bowl tight end. Injuries happen in football every week and the good quarterbacks are the ones that can overcome adversity, not succumb to it.
Unfortunately, the 29-year old was a very high draft pick this summer, or even worse a keeper, but has not played as well as he was last season. He consistently is throwing more interceptions then touchdowns and cannot be viewed as a reliable starter anymore. Owners are better off trying to find a reliable replacement; as Tim Tebow or Curtis Painter could be better options to start in the short-term.