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San Diego Chargers
current status: Off season
#17 QB | 6'5", 228 lbs. | San Diego
Birth Date:December 8, 1981 (32 years old) Place of Birth:Decatur, AL Hometown:Athens, AL College:North Carolina State
Drafted:Drafted by NY Giants in 2004 (1/4).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with NY Giants in 2004.
Drafted:Drafted by NY Giants in 2004 (1/4).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with NY Giants in 2004.
|Assets:||Great touch and accuracy. Live arm and can get the ball deep. A good decision maker who spreads the ball around and manages the game well. Quick release and solid overall mechanics.|
|Flaws:||Awkward looking athlete with no foot speed. Sometimes throws with an odd delivery and loses accuracy. A cocky, abrasive guy who will get into scrapes with opponents.|
|Career Potential:||Pro Bowl quarterback.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NFL||Comeback Player of the Year||2013|
|NFL||Named to play in Pro Bowl||2013, 2011, 2010, 2009 (did not play - injured), 2006|
Movements & Injuries
|8/24/2009||Signed by the San Diego Chargers to a six-year contract extension.|
|8/23/2004||Signed by the San Diego Chargers to a six-year contract.|
|4/24/2004||Acquired from the New York Giants.|
|4/24/2004||Drafted by the New York Giants in the 1st round (4th overall) in 2004, then traded to the San Diego Chargers for Eli Manning for a 3rd round selection in 2004 and a 1st and 5th round selections in 2005.|
Philip Rivers named Comeback Player of Year | 02/01/2014 6:47 PM
NewsAssociated Press named Philip Rivers its 2013 Comeback Player of the Year.
ImpactPeople who know and understand the criteria for NFL Comeback POY will understand this pick. People who don't and think you have to be "coming back" from injury, won't. Rivers was widely written off as a shell-shocked rag-arm quarterback in steep decline after back-to-back brutal seasons under Norv Turner, but reemerged as a top-eight NFL passer in 2013 and engineered a Wild Card playoff birth, with a first-round upset of Cincinnati. Mike McCoy deserves a lot of credit for Rivers' turnaround. Frank Reich and Ken Whisenhunt both parlayed it into job promotions.
Philip Rivers closes out impressive season | 01/12/2014 8:00 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 18-of-27 throws for 217 yards and two touchdowns as San Diego fell to Denver in the Divisional Round.
ImpactRivers absorbed three early sacks as Denver's light, quick defensive front won against San Diego's mauling but athletically-limited line. As the sacks amounted to 19 lost yards, the Chargers entered halftime with one passing yard as a team. (Rivers had 20.) San Diego fell behind 17-0 in the third quarter and was forced to sling it around, finally generating some offense. Rivers hit Keenan Allen for twin 16-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter. That obviously wasn't enough as San Diego was dominated in almost every facet by Denver. Showing virtually every indication of a washed-up quarterback the past two years under Norv Turner, Rivers rejuvenated his career in AFC QB Whisperer Mike McCoy's high-percentage, quick-hitting pass offense. His 105.5 QB rating matched a career high, and Rivers' 11 interceptions were his fewest since 2009. Still only 32 years old, Rivers will be a locked-in fantasy QB1 for 2014.
Rivers manages game well as Chargers roll | 01/05/2014 4:41 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 12-of-16 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Wild Card round win at Cincinnati.
ImpactThe Chargers came out of the tunnel with a decidedly run-first game plan designed to milk clock, avoid Cincy's ferocious pass rush, and keep San Diego's soft defense off the field. The result was a measly six first-half pass attempts for Rivers, who completed five for 48 scoreless yards. The six throws tied Rivers' career low in a first half. The Chargers opened up the offense a bit from there, as Rivers completed his first six third-quarter attempts for 68 yards and a touchdown. San Diego then sat on its lead. Despite the slow overall box score, Rivers showed infinitely more command than Andy Dalton on Sunday and will be the biggest advantage San Diego has to offer throughout its playoff run. Rivers deserves to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year in a landslide.
Rivers throws 3 TDs as Chargers make playoffs | 12/29/2013 8:06 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 22-of-33 passes for 229 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the Chargers' Week 17 overtime win over Kansas City.
ImpactThe Chargers nearly blew a gimme win over Kansas City's second- and third-string defenders, but Rivers rallied the offense to 13 unanswered points to close out the game 27-24. Rivers deserves serious consideration for 2013 NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He was widely written off as washed up following two interception-filled, atrocious seasons, but bounced back in a major way under the tutelage of emerging offensive wizard Mike McCoy. Rivers finished the regular season with 4,478 passing yards and a 32:11 TD-to-INT ratio. His completion rate was easily a career high. Rivers will be a top-ten quarterback pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Chiefs resting 11-of-11 starters on defense | 12/29/2013 3:31 PM
NewsThe Chiefs announced they are resting all 11 defensive starters for Sunday's Week 17 clash with San Diego.
ImpactThey are also benching 9-of-11 starters on offense, giving Philip Rivers expansion-level competition in the final game of San Diego's regular season. Rivers, Ryan Mathews, and Keenan Allen ought to all have big box scores facing a Chiefs defense comprised of second- and third-string players.
Rivers, Chargers spring the upset in Denver | 12/12/2013 11:33 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 12-of-19 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego's 27-20, Week 15 win over the Broncos.
Philip Rivers manages only 252 yards in loss | 12/01/2013 7:36 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 23-of-37 passes for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception in San Diego's 17-10, Week 13 loss to the Bengals.
Philip Rivers goes over 300 yet again | 11/03/2013 6:29 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 29-of-46 passes for 341 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 9 overtime loss to the Redskins.
ImpactRivers nearly had three touchdowns and a win, but Danny Woodhead was tackled at the 6-inch line with under a minute remaining in regulation. After three straight blown chances, the Chargers settled for a field goal and lost in overtime without Rivers even getting a chance to touch the ball. Regardless, it was yet another productive day for fantasy owners as Rivers continues to show full command of this Mike McCoy offense. He's on pace for 4,946 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions heading into a Week 10 home game against the Broncos.
Philip Rivers goes for 285 yards, touchdown | 10/20/2013 4:29 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 22-of-26 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Jaguars.
ImpactHe added four rushing yards on two scrambles and took just one sack. Rivers has been rejuvenated in Mike McCoy's dink-and-dunk, quick-out passing offense, and picked apart the Jaguars' defense at will Sunday, even if the fantasy stats didn't fully cooperate. Keep him rostered during the Chargers' upcoming Week 8 bye. Rivers is going to be a QB1 for the rest of the season.
Rivers throws for 237 yards, TD in MNF win | 10/14/2013 11:58 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 22-of-33 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown in Monday night's Week 6 victory over the Colts.
ImpactThis was a game dominated by the Chargers' offensive line and running game, though Rivers found Keenan Allen for the contest's lone touchdown. Most of the damage was done on a second-quarter drive that saw Rivers find Allen and Antonio Gates for big third-down conversions before Allen beat double-coverage for a 22-yard score. Rivers didn't take many, if any, gambles through the air, instead letting Allen do work post-catch. Rivers will be on the QB1 radar next Sunday in Jacksonville. This San Diego offense is typically a pass-first bunch.
Rivers throws for 411 yards, 2 TDs in loss | 10/07/2013 3:01 AM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 36-of-49 passes for 411 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in Sunday night's Week 5 loss to the Raiders.
Philip Rivers picks apart Big D for 401 yards | 09/29/2013 7:32 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers picked apart the Cowboys in San Diego's 30-21 Week 4 win, completing 35-of-42 passes for 401 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Philip Rivers struggles in Week 3 vs. Titans | 09/22/2013 5:58 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 20-of-24 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 3 loss to the Titans.
ImpactIt was a return to Earth game for the fast-starting Chargers offense, which struggled to move the ball after its opening drive against a mediocre Titans defense. Rivers has zero downfield presence in his receiving corps, which is going to make the offense easy for opponents to squat on. He'll be a two-quarterback-league option only when the Chargers take on the Cowboys in Week 4.
Chargers choke away 21-point lead in MNF loss | 09/10/2013 1:53 AM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 14-of-29 passes for 195 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the Chargers' Week 1, 31-28 loss to the Texans on Monday night.
Philip Rivers restructures his contract | 09/06/2013 1:20 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers has agreed to restructure his contract, converting $5 million of his base salary into a "signing" bonus.
Union-Tribune San Diego
ImpactThe cap space-clearing move was "done to sign a player," a source told beat writer Michael Gehlken, and it's believed it'll be Donald Butler to a long-term deal. Rivers' previous 2013 base salary was $12 million. His cap number has now been reduced by $3.32 million. Rivers remains under contract through 2015.
Rivers has rough third preseason game | 08/25/2013 12:44 AM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 10-of-18 passes for 71 yards and an interception in Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals.
ImpactRivers averaged just 3.9 yards-per-attempt and completed the majority of his passes on short-to-intermediate throws. His interception came on a deflected pass to Jasper Brinkley and he finished with a brutal 41.7 quarterback rating. Through three preseason games, Rivers has completed 20-of-33 passes for 166 yards and two interceptions. He remains a middling QB2 in fantasy leagues.
Rivers throws pick, loses fumble Thursday | 08/15/2013 9:21 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers completed 5-of-9 passes for 50 yards and an interception in Thursday night's preseason game against the Bears.
ImpactRivers was also sacked three times and lost a fumble on a play where LT Max Starks didn't lay a hand on Bears DE Shea McClellin. Rivers was walloped from behind and coughed it up. On the pick, Rivers tried to hit Keenan Allen on a post but Allen fell down. Through two preseason games, Rivers is 10-of-15 for 95 yards and the interception. He's nothing more than a middling QB2.
Rivers looking a 'lot more accurate in camp' | 08/11/2013 9:25 AM
NewsAccording to the National Football Post, the "word" is that Philip Rivers has been a "lot more accurate in camp."
National Football Post
Rivers throwing underneath more than ever | 07/26/2013 10:04 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers has been "throwing more underneath passes than he can remember" at Chargers practices.
Union-Tribune San Diego
ImpactUnder ex-Broncos OC Mike McCoy and ex-Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt, the Chargers are installing a higher-percentage, quick-hitting passing offense ala Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner's. It's totally different from Norval Turner's vertical attack. The idea is to get the football out of Rivers' hands quickly. San Diego's best underneath receivers are Antonio Gates and Vincent Brown.
Jaws: Philip Rivers' play has 'deteriorated' | 07/08/2013 5:40 PM
NewsAfter studying Philip Rivers' 2012 tape, ESPN's Ron Jaworski described Rivers' play as "deteriorating" and said he was "disappointed" watching the film.
ImpactJaws still loves the way Rivers "commands the offense" but was disappointed in his tendency to "force" things and attempt to become a "playmaker" when he's in nature a disciplined "pocket quarterback." Rivers' decline has been swift and steady, and for the second straight offseason we're skeptical he's capable of bouncing back. Rivers has become overreactive when under duress, and there's little question his arm strength has regressed.
Philip Rivers to count $15M on '14 salary cap | 06/28/2013 1:05 PM
NewsPhilip Rivers is scheduled to count $15 million against the Chargers' salary cap in 2014.
ImpactHis '14 base salary will be $13.8 million. With San Diego changing its offense under new overseers Mike McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt, 31-year-old Rivers is likely facing a make-or-break season in San Diego. He's been intercepted 35 times the past two years -- just four fewer than Mark Sanchez. Behind a still-brutal offensive line, we don't envision a bounce-back 2013 season for Rivers.
Chargers implementing quicker pass offense | 06/18/2013 11:18 AM
NewsThe Chargers are implementing a shorter passing offense designed to get the ball out of Philip Rivers' hands more quickly.
Union-Tribune San Diego
ImpactIt's a smart idea due to pass-protection woes, and both Mike McCoy (Peyton Manning offense) and OC Ken Whisenhunt (Kurt Warner offense) have experience in systems that emphasize shorter drops and getting the ball out quick. Rivers, on the other hand, has never played in an offense like this and it'll be interesting to see the transition. Norv Turner and Cam Cameron's schemes were of the "Air Coryell" variety, constantly pushing the ball downfield.
Rivers: Best football still ahead of me | 06/07/2013 9:02 AM
NewsPhilip Rivers still believes his best football is ahead of him.
Impact"I really do," Rivers insisted. "That's being optimistic, because we've had a lot of really good years. I am probably on the second half of my career, the back end, but I think I've got a lot of good football left." It's definitely an "optimistic" belief for a player who turned 31 in December and has committed 47 turnovers over his past 32 games. We don't doubt Rivers will cut down on his turnovers this season, but with aggressive coach Norval Turner now in Cleveland, Rivers shouldn't even approach the statistical highs of his earlier years.
Whiz: Rivers still a potential Pro Bowler | 05/31/2013 12:51 PM
NewsChargers OC Ken Whisenhunt believes Philip Rivers could still be a Pro Bowl quarterback.
Mike McCoy still bullish on Philip Rivers | 05/13/2013 9:02 AM
NewsNew Chargers coach Mike McCoy believes Philip Rivers can complete 70 percent of his passes in 2013.
ImpactRivers converted just 63.5 percent of his throws as he posted a 53:35 TD:INT ratio over the past two seasons. "I've been blown away by his anticipation and willingness to learn,'' McCoy said. Per SI's Peter King, McCoy plans to "harp on" getting Rivers to "trust the system," and not fall in love with his ability to fit deep balls into small windows. A career 63.6 passer, Rivers isn't going to suddenly become Drew Brees, but it's not hard to believe he'll be more accurate with deep-ball aficionado Norval Turner now in Cleveland.
Mike McCoy believes a great season for Rivers | 04/20/2013 12:16 PM
NewsNew Chargers coach Mike McCoy is impressed with QB Philip Rivers and believes "he's going to have a great season."
ImpactWhile McCoy's take is optimistic, the Chargers need to upgrade a shaky offensive line that allowed 49 sacks in 2012. The consistent pressure Rivers has faced has also contributed to him committing 47 turnovers in the last two seasons.
2013 Rivers' 'final audition' in San Diego? | 04/03/2013 11:40 PM
NewsThe Union-Tribune San Diego's Kevin Acee thinks 2013 is Philip Rivers' "final audition" with the Chargers.
ImpactAcee bases this on San Diego's decision not to restructure the 31-year-old's contract despite being up against the cap. Rivers has three years left on a seven-year, $98.25 million deal, and he's set to count $17.1 million against the cap in 2013. He has turned the ball over 47 times and has been sacked 79 times over the last two seasons. If Rivers doesn't get some help up front, things may not change much. The new front office and coaching staff also has no ties to Rivers.
Should the Chargers trade Rivers? | 02/25/2013 12:28 PM
NewsThe Union-Tribune San Diego's Kevin Acee believes the Chargers should trade Philip Rivers if they aren't willing to conduct a "massive rebuild" of their offensive line.
Union-Tribune San Diego
ImpactAcee floated his idea to a "half-dozen agents and assistant coaches" at the Combine, and "none disagreed," while most "vehemently concurred." Rivers got absolutely battered in 2012, getting sacked on 50 of his 587 drop backs. The Bolts' most glaring need is at left tackle, where Jared Gaither up and quit last season. Picking 11th, the Chargers are in prime position to draft an impact lineman.
Mike McCoy is happy to work with Rivers | 02/20/2013 12:49 PM
NewsNew coach Mike McCoy said he feels "very fortunate" to be working with Philip Rivers.
Sports Radio Interviews
ImpactMcCoy probably wouldn't have taken the job in San Diego if he didn't think Rivers had plenty left in the tank. Perhaps he sees something on tape we didn't. Rivers appears to have lost the pop in his arm and has turned the ball over 47 times in his last 32 games. Even with the offensive gurus McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt in town, we can't project a major bounce-back campaign. Rivers' yards-per-attempt has decreased in each of the last four seasons.
Chargers hire Frank Reich as QBs coach | 01/19/2013 3:14 PM
NewsChargers hired Frank Reich as quarterbacks coach.
Union-Tribune San Diego
ImpactReich will be another new face in San Diego tasked with "fixing" Philip Rivers. He's another bright offensive mind who worked as Peyton Manning's quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis from 2009-10. Reich spent the 2012 season on new Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt's Arizona staff as the receivers coach.
Chargers coach McCoy will not call plays | 01/15/2013 7:33 PM
NewsNew Chargers coach Mike McCoy plans to hire an offensive coordinator who will also handle play-calling duties.
ImpactMcCoy promised to be "heavily involved" in game-planning and installation, but "game-day responsibilities" will keep him from calling plays. It's the opposite of Norv Turner's approach the past few seasons. McCoy cited the presence of Philip Rivers as a primary factor in accepting the job. The respect is mutual. "Of the potential candidates, I can honestly say this is the guy I was hoping for," Rivers told XEPRS-AM on Tuesday. "I feel great about it."
Career Regular Season Statistics
|2003||North Carolina State||NCAA||13||13||483||348||72.0||4491||80||34||7||-||170.5||78||109||15||3||-|
|2002||North Carolina State||NCAA||14||14||418||262||62.7||3353||88||20||10||-||141.1||57||100||10||10||-|
|2001||North Carolina State||NCAA||11||11||368||240||65.2||2586||56||16||7||-||134.8||44||-26||12||2||-|
|2000||North Carolina State||NCAA||11||11||441||237||53.7||3054||81||25||10||-||126.1||73||-85||12||2||-|
2013 Game Highs
|Attempts||48||at Oak||Week 5||48|
|Completions||36||at Phi||Week 2||29|
|Passing Yards||419||at Phi||Week 2||354|
|Passing TD||4||vs. Hou||Week 1||3|
|Most Inteceptions||3||at Oak||Week 5||4|
|Most Sacked||4||vs. Den||Week 10||6|
|Carries||5||vs. Den||Week 10||5|
|Rushing Yards||18||vs. Hou||Week 1||20|
|Rushing TD||0||16 times-last:vs. KC||last:Week 17||0|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Pct (Comp/Att)||69.5||2013 (SD)|
|Passing Yards||4710||2010 (SD)|
|Passing TD||34||2008 (SD)|
|Passing Avg (Yds/Att)||8.8||2009 (SD)|
|QB Rating||105.5||2008 (SD)|
|Most Interceptions||20||2011 (SD)|
|Most Sacked||49||2012 (SD)|
|Rushing Yards||84||2008 (SD)|
|Average (Yds/Carries)||2.7*||2008 (SD)|
|Rushing TD||1||3 times-last: 2011 (SD)|