Philip Rivers is one of the most polarizing players in the NFL. He’s not really talked about nearly as much as most other polarizing players–especially quarterbacks–because his team has been mediocre, at best, for far too long. Maybe that’s why he and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler don’t like each other–they’re essentially the same person.
But, I digress. Rivers no has no more excuses not to perform with Mike McCoy–a quarterback’s coach–at the helm.
Rivers is polarizing because he’s overrated to much of the football world and also underrated to a small portion. Those types of players are always controversial topics in sports talk and that will never change.
Rivers has started every game for the Chargers since 2006 and he’s had some decent seasons while also adding in some stinkers. If you put all his stats together and/or look at them as a whole, he’s actually a pretty dynamite quarterback. However, the mistakes he makes are almost always critical to his team’s chances of winning. (Sound familiar?)
The seasons during Rivers’ career in which he has thrown the most interceptions are naturally those during which he threw the most passes. His passer rating and completion percentage have also suffered in the most pass-happy years. That’s from horrendous play-calling by former Chargers head coach Norv Turner, but McCoy is a different story–he’ll make or break Rivers.
By that I don’t mean Rivers’ success rides entirely on McCoy, but McCoy will give Rivers every opportunity to succeed–more than he got with Turner–so if Rivers comes up short, it’s all on him. No more blaming Norv for the failures. McCoy is here and he means business. Get with it or get lost, Phil.