That’s my quarterback. After sitting behind Drew Brees for a couple of years, Philip Rivers has certainly made his mark for the San Diego Chargers. The non-swearing, trash-talking country boy has put up some solid numbers that have him sitting in 32nd place overall on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list.
If Rivers were to throw for 4,000 yards in 2014, it would catapult him into the top-25 of that very same list. With the NFL rules favoring the offense and the game becoming an aerial assault of sorts, some may not find this feat to be that big of a deal. Well I’m here to break it to you, there have been some fantastic quarterbacks to play in the NFL. For a guy with hardly any mobility, and a throwing motion that many call awkward ( in an effort to be kind ), Rivers has come out and proven many of his naysayers wrong on many levels.
Philip is coming off a season that saw him throw for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns. The 2013 campaign was one that saw much turnover in the front office and the coaching staff. It was an entirely new offense, minus a few wrinkles from some of Rivers’ favorite plays from the past playbook, and he still managed to shine.
I expect nothing but more of the same out of number 17, if not an increase in passing yards. His 32 touchdown strikes were the second most of his career ( he had 34 in 2008 ). That number will probably stay about the same with the hope at Chargers Park being that the redzone offense will improve over last year’s numbers with a little help from the running game.
As Philip Rivers goes, so goes the San Diego Chargers. The defense will most certainly need to be improved, but if the offense continues to gel and San Diego’s signal caller maintains his high level of play, the sky is the limit. Look out for Rivers and the 2014 Chargers. If Tom Telesco has another solid draft like last year, this team will most definitely be one to keep an eye on.