For today’s matchup between the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals, I spoke with David Peters, editor of the Bolt Blitz, and he offered some great insight on what we should expect to see today.
Nov 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) rolls out of the pocket to pass during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos won 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
SH: Talk about the resurgence of Philip Rivers. What’s led to him playing the best football of his career when most QBs begin to see their play drop-off.
I have spent the last two offseasons prior to 2013 defending Philip Rivers by stating that the team needed a better offensive line and sufficient weapons for him to be the same quarterback that he was when being mentioned among the best. Although some of his decision-making was highly questionable at times during that period, he didn’t trust the cast around him and made poor throws at times.
Despite the revolving door at multiple spots on the o-line this season, there is an obvious improvement among those positions. When you look at the offensive additions of Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead, combined with the likes of a healthy Antonio Gates and a super-sophomore in Ladarius Green, Rivers has the weapons he needs to succeed.
A lot of credit, too, should be given to the offensive scheme of Ken Whisenhunt and Mike McCoy. They have devised a plan that gets the ball out of Rivers’ hand in a hurry. His confidence is back and that is trouble for the rest of the NFL.