This coming offseason the San Diego Chargers must address their quarterback depth to ensure their offense functions if Philip Rivers goes down. The Chargers would like to keep their 2013 Comeback Player of the Year happy, but Charlie Whitehurst and Brad Sorensen are roster decisions the team will have to make.
The last time Whitehurst threw a pass was with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. However, since Whitehurst has been with Rivers for such a long time, Rivers is comfortable with talking Whitehurst’s ear off, processing game plans and strategies. It helps Whitehurst that the franchise quarterback vouches for the veteran.
Whitehurst is a free agent and Sorensen has yet to play a down in the NFL. And neither were on the roster the last time Rivers had to sit out of a game during the playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts when Billy Volek stepped in to win that game against Peyton Manning.
Though the Chargers have thrived on familiarity like promoting Frank Reich, keeping John Pagano and elevating Nick Sirianni, I expect Mike McCoy to keep Sorensen and release Whitehurst. The new regime has no ties to the ex-A.J. Smith pick. Sorensen should garner more looks in training camp, but I do expect another quarterback to join Chargers camp to help compete for a roster spot. The Chargers have options, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they pick up a quarterback in the later portion of the draft.
The backups are important because if ever Rivers and the backup both go down, Eric Weddle is coming in and running the offense.