Philip Rivers is still one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league and the unquestioned leader of the San Diego Chargers. However, his mechanics, decision-making and accuracy have been on the decline for the past two years.
New head coach Mike McCoy was brought in to help fix Rivers and return him to elite status. McCoy said that one of the biggest selling points of the Chargers’ head coaching job was the opportunity to work with Rivers. However, McCoy may want to have a backup plan in case Rivers to broken beyond repair and bring in a young quarterback to groom for the future.
Young, athletic quarterbacks are all the rage in the NFL right now. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick not only performed well as first-year starters, but they led their teams to the playoffs and made their teammates around them better.
McCoy and general manager Tom Telesco may want to get a young quarterback in their mold, which would also allow McCoy to open up his playbook. McCoy has had success running a read-option offense with Tim Tebow and a traditional pass-first offense with Peyton Manning. Combining the two with a dual-threat quarterback could be lethal.
The Chargers could definitely use another quarterback on the roster. San Diego’s only backup quarterback, 30-year-old Charlie Whitehurst, was a part of the old regime and already proved he wasn’t cut out to be a starter with the Seattle Seahawks.
It may not be the best off-season to get a quarterback since the NFL Draft is rather weak at the position and there isn’t much available in free agency. However, look for Telesco and McCoy to still add someone they like to the roster to groom.