San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was a monster from 2008-2010.
Rivers had 92 touchdowns and 33 interceptions in 48 games during these three seasons, but the wheels started to fall off last season in terms of interceptions.
While Rivers ranked sixth in passing yards, eighth in touchdown passes with 27 and 11th in QB rating last season, he had 20 interceptions. This was tied with Washington Redskins QB Rex Grossman for third in the NFL.
Rivers was sacked 38 times in 2010 when he led the NFL in passing yards to go along with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
There were only 10 teams that allowed more sacks than San Diego during the 2010 season. Rivers was sacked 30 times last season and only seven teams allowed fewer sacks than San Diego’s offensive line.
San Diego’s offensive line played much better after left tackle Jared Gaither was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs.
San Diego allowed two sacks in the last five games while Rivers had 11 touchdowns and three interceptions during this stretch.
Rivers has nine interceptions this season which is tied for third in the NFL.
The 2010 season was one of those times when the QB was able to overcome below average protection. San Diego’s offensive line has allowed 18 sacks in 2012 and only six teams have allowed more sacks.
San Diego’s next game is against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Cleveland is tied for third in the NFL with 10 interceptions while they are tied for ninth in the NFL with 18 sacks.
It will take a collective effort from Rivers and the offensive line to cut down on his interceptions.
Rivers’ teammates have to play better as well because they rank 18th in receptions, 18th in receiving yards per game and 28th in yards per reception this season.