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NFL San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers is the most turnover prone player in the NFL

Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers

Kim Klement-US Presswire

Philip Rivers had a great season for the San Diego Chargers in 2010 when he led the NFL in passing yards, led the NFL in yards per pass attempt, was second in QB rating and was fifth in touchdown passes.

Rivers has not protected the football since 2010 because he has 32 interceptions and lost eight fumbles.  Rivers’ 40 turnovers since 2010 lead all NFL players in this category.

San Diego’s offensive line has allowed 22 sacks so far which is tied with the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets for 21st in the NFL in terms of fewest sacks allowed.

It is easy to point the finger at San Diego’s offensive line this season for some of Rivers’ 15 turnovers.

However, Rivers had 20 interceptions and lost five fumbles last season when San Diego’s O-line allowed 30 sacks which ranked eighth in the NFL in terms of fewest sacks allowed.

Rivers set a career high with four interceptions in a game against the Denver Broncos earlier this season which included two lost fumbles as well.

Rivers proved that he can be a great QB because he led the NFL in yards per pass attempt from 2008-2010 and was tied for the NFL lead in TD passes with 34 in 2008.

Rivers and his predecessor Drew Brees were the only quarterbacks to pass for at least 4,000 yards from 2008-2011.

Rivers averaged 4,324 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions from 2008-2010 while he is on pace for 4,270 yards, 27 touchdowns and 21 interceptions combined from last season and this season.

Rivers never had more than 15 interceptions in a season from 2006-2010, but is on pace for at least 20 for the second year in a row.

ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski ranked his top 30 quarterbacks heading into the 2012 season.  Rivers was seventh on his list, but he is not playing like it so far this season.