NFL San Diego Chargers

Trading Philip Rivers for Tony Romo Would Not Benefit the San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers and Tony Romo

Kirby Lee-US Presswire

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has been on a decline since the 2010 season when he led the NFL with 4,710 passing yards to go along with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Rivers ranked sixth in the NFL with 4,624 passing yards last season and he had 27 touchdowns, but he had 20 interceptions which was tied for third with Washington Redskins QB Rex Grossman.

Rivers is on pace for 3,762 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions this season.  Steven Mullenax of suggested that San Diego should trade Rivers for Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo.

Romo is on pace for 4,738 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 30 interceptions this season.  Romo also leads the NFL with 13 interceptions.

Rivers ranks 19th in the NFL with a QB rating of 82.4 while Romo’s 78.8 rating ranks 24th in the league.

Dallas’ offensive line has allowed 13 sacks this season compared to San Diego’s O-line who has allowed 19 sacks.

Dallas ranks third in the NFL in receiving yards per game, fourth in receptions and 21st in yards per reception.

San Diego ranks 22nd in receiving yards per game, 16th in receptions and 28th in yards per reception.

Romo has a better O-line and better weapons to catch the ball in Dallas, but is still playing worse than Rivers.

Romo has a better QB rating in the playoffs to go along with four touchdowns and two interceptions, but Dallas was 1-3 in Romo’s postseason starts.

Rivers has a 3-4 record for his career in the playoffs and led San Diego to the AFC Championship game in 2007, but played with a torn ACL against the New England Patriots.

Dallas has not been to the NFC Championship game since 1995 which was 11 seasons before Romo became their starter.

San Diego’s worst loss in the postseason with Rivers was by 11 points while Dallas lost a playoff game by 31 points with Romo during the 2009 season.

Rivers has a 66-37 record in the regular season which is a .641 winning percentage.  Rivers has 173 touchdowns and 87 interceptions in his career.

Romo has a 50-34 record in the regular season which is a .595 winning percentage.  Romo has 158 touchdowns and 85 interceptions in his career.

Rivers started every game for San Diego since the 2005 season while Romo missed three games in 2008 and 10 games in 2010.

This move would make sense for Dallas, but it would be a bad move for the Chargers.