There are times when people can question the decision-making of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, but one should not question his passion for the game. This was evident when Rivers played against the New England Patriots with a torn ACL during the 2008 AFC Championship game.
According to Kevin Acee of utsandiego.com, Rivers said “I’ve always studied and grinded hard and worked at it, but I didn’t have to study what the running backs plays and routes were in the past. I knew it… Now I don’t have it down stone cold. I hate not having it down stone cold.”
Former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator and current Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said “Rivers wants to learn every little detail of the offense.” Rivers and his teammates are learning a new offense as this is McCoy’s first year as San Diego’s head coach.
Rivers ranked second in the NFL with 47 turnovers over the last two seasons, but he was top-10 in touchdown passes and 11th in QB rating the last two seasons, so he is still productive despite the turnovers.
San Diego’s offensive line allowed 49 sacks in 2012 which ranked fourth in the league, so this was a factor at times when Rivers had turnovers. The team’s front office is attempting to make the line better, and an offensive lineman is expected to be chosen in Thursday’s draft.
I expect Rivers to click on offense in 2013 because San Diego’s offensive line should be improved and the quarterback is dedicated to playing better than he did over the last two seasons.