LaDainian Tomlinson believes in Philip Rivers

By Kenny Gardner
Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson
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LaDainian Tomlinson is the greatest player in San Diego Chargers history.  Tomlinson gave his thoughts about San Diego by saying “Another thing, obviously, is correcting Philip Rivers and the things he’s gone through.  I still think Philip Rivers is an elite quarterback in this league.”

According to Michael Gehlken, Tomlinson continued by saying “I think Mike McCoy is going to have to figure out what’s been the problem with Philip.  That may be tough, but I think McCoy is up to the task.”

Rivers led the NFL with 47 combined turnovers from 2011-12 which included 35 interceptions.  Rivers had some head scratching moments in 2012.  Rivers had five turnovers against the Denver Broncos and threw an interception right to Leonard Johnson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers which led to a pick six.

Despite being tied for third in interceptions with Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman in 2011, Rivers ranked 11th in QB rating in 2011 and 2012, so he is not that far away from playing like an elite QB.

The additions of McCoy at head coach, Ken Whisenhunt at offensive coordinator and Frank Reich at quarterbacks coach will help Rivers.

There are still issues that need to be resolved with the offensive line because only three teams allowed more sacks than San Diego in 2012 which led to some of Rivers’ turnovers.

Rivers ranked third with 20 interceptions during the 2011 season and ranked 10th with 15 interceptions in 2012.  I expect Rivers to cut down on his turnovers in 2013 and have a big season.  I made a similar prediction that Rivers would cut down on his turnovers in 2012 which was true because he went from 20 to 15 interceptions.

The only time that Rivers had more than 15 interceptions in seven seasons happened in 2011, so McCoy, Whisenhunt and Reich should have no problems correcting the issues that Rivers had in 2011 and 2012.

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