San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for at least 4,000 yards in every season from 2008-2011 joining his predecessor Drew Brees as the only quarterbacks to do this the last four seasons. Rivers had 4,009 yards and led the NFL in touchdown passes with 34 during his 2008 season. Rivers followed this season up with 4,254 yards, 28 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in 2009.
Vincent Jackson led San Diego in receiving yards and TD receptions while he was second on San Diego’s roster in receptions during the 2009 season. Antonio Gates led the team in receptions, was second in receiving yards and TD receptions during the 2009 season. Malcom Floyd was third on San Diego’s roster in receiving yards during the 2009 season. Jackson missed 11 games, Gates missed six games and Floyd missed five games in 2010. Rivers led the NFL in 2010 with 4,710 yards to go along with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Rivers struggled with turnovers in 2011 because of offensive line injuries and ended up being tied for third in interceptions with 20, but he also had 4,624 yards and 27 touchdowns.
If Rivers throws for at least 4,000 yards in 2012, he will join Brees, Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with five seasons of 4,000 or more passing yards. Brees threw for at least 4,000 yards from 2006-2011 with the New Orleans Saints. Favre threw for at least 4,000 yards in 1995, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2007 and 2009. Marino threw for at least 4,000 yards from 1984-1986, 1988-1989 and in 1994 for the Miami Dolphins. Manning threw for at least 4,000 yards from 1999-2004 and 2006-2010 for the Indianapolis Colts. Rivers started in all of his team’s games from 2006-2011. If Rivers stays healthy, I think he will throw for at least 4,000 yards in 2012.