There is something to be said for a “honeymoon” period in any relationship. Whether it’s of the romantic variety or a professional one, those first moments with a partner in crime are generally the best when viewed with hindsight. For San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his time spent with former head coach Norv Turner, that concept couldn’t have anymore truth to it as the upcoming Norv-less season approaches.
It wasn’t a divorce that Rivers sought exactly, but you could tell that the San Diego signal caller was getting a bit weighed down by the constant pressure placed on him by the previous man in charge. While new head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt are in that aforementioned honeymoon phase entering the 2013 season, something tells me this vibe may last a little longer.
When asked about his adjustments to the new philosophies employed by McCoy and Whisenhunt as opposed to Turner, Rivers smugly told U-T San Diego:
“You haven’t seen the airmails as much? It has been smoother than I anticipated. I had myself mentally ready to struggle a little bit. I don’t know if I can say we’ve struggled.”
Want to get excited about the upcoming season on offense? Now is your chance.
The fact that the offense is all on the same page already at this stage in the overhaul according to Rivers is extremely encouraging. His sarcasm regarding the downfield throws is certainly warranted after some of the poor overthrows he has made over the course of the past two seasons. Given that Whisenhunt and McCoy have simplified things and tried to bring all of the reads in a little closer to Rivers to suit the current personnel is a huge plus for the upcoming season.
Obviously there will be some growing pains with new verbiage and a completely different offensive system, but the Chargers seem optimistic that they will be limited in scope. Arm strength has been a lingering question mark for Rivers throughout his career given his quirky delivery, and perhaps a new offense tailored to his strengths of quick, on-time throws will emphasize his strengths and really help him get his NFL career back on track.