Philip Rivers knows he needs to play better. He knows this is a big year for him. Yet, Rivers won’t admit that he needs to be “fixed.”
The San Diego Chargers starting quarterback has dropped off over the past two seasons, turning the ball over 47 times in that time span. This has led to questions like “Who’s going to fix Philip Rivers?” and “How are they going to fix Philip Rivers?” being thrown around all offseason, and Rivers has taken issue with this.
“The thing that’s gotten to me this offseason is, ‘Who’s going to fix Philip?’” Rivers said. “That phrase, I almost laugh it off. That drives me nuts, really.
“There’s no question I’m responsible for some of the plays and some of the games we haven’t won. I’m not going to shy away from that. But we can go sit in there and watch a lot of tape from last year, and I’ll ask you, ‘What do you want to fix?’ It’s just about eliminating some of the bad plays.”
Saying that Rivers needs to be “fixed” implies that there’s something wrong with him, and Rivers doesn’t believe that’s the case. He simply is saying he needs to play better and play smarter. But needing to play better and smarter implies that some fixing is needed, especially mentally.
Rivers has made some really poor decisions over the past few years, and the fact that it’s been a reoccurring matter means that his decision making needs to be “fixed.” Improving that decision making should be able to help eliminate those bad plays, but there is certainly more to it than that. Rivers’ mechanics and footwork could use some “fixing” which should in turn “fix” his accuracy. His mechanics, which have always been unconventional, have slowly deteriorated, while his accuracy, particularly his deep ball, has been off the mark in the last two years.
The task that the new coaching staff has for Rivers this season is to trust the system, and if he can do that, Rivers could rebound in a big way. Mike McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt’s system should be able to fix Rivers and hide his deficiencies. The new system will rely more on quick, high-percentage throws, which should force Rivers to make quicker decisions, allow his receivers to be the ones making the plays, and not try to force the ball downfield.