Tag:Philip Rivers
Posted on: November 8, 2010 6:36 pm

Monday Musings

---It's amazing to see the way San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers is playing without many of his top weapons. Rivers was throwing to backups against the Texans and still threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns. Sevi Ajirotutu a recent addition from the practice squad, caught two touchdown passes. Randy McMichael, a veteran tight end, caught the other two. Rivers was without his four best receivers in Vincent Jackson, Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee. If you ever wanted proof of how the quarterback makes the receivers, I offer up Rivers as proof. It's possible he could be the MVP this season if the Chargers make the playoffs.

---The Atlanta Falcons have a short week with Baltimore coming to town, but they got to work on the Ravens some last week. "This is when the veterans become important," linebacker Mike Peterson said. The Falcons play the Ravens and Packers at home in two of the next three games, which will be huge in whether they win the NFC South.

---Getting Peyton Hillis in a trade from Denver for Brady Quinn makes the Indians selling Manhattan look like a good deal. Hillis has been a great find for the Browns. He had over 200 total yards of offense against the Patriots Sunday. He is fourth in the NFL in rushing. Not bad for a back who was the "other" guy in the backfield with Felix Jones and Darren McFadden at Arkansas.

---Speaking of McFadden, he is on the verge of stardom. He has the big-play ability that you love in a modern-day back. As long as he's on the field, the Oakland running game is scary. As the line gets better, McFadden will only put up bigger numbers. The emergence of speed receiver Jacoby Ford will help keep the safety out of the box, which will also help. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has a lot of toys to play with now.

---Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour is playing out of his mind. He is having one of his best seasons. Seymour is in a contract year, which might have something to do with it, but he's really playing well.

---You want to know the top-2 passers in terms of passer rating? It's Philadelphia's Mike Vick (105.3) and Tennessee's Vince Young (103.1). Last time I checked, neither is considered a top passer. They both are playing good football, but I've always felt the passer rating stat is overrated. This is proof.

---Randy Moss a bad influence on Percy Harvin? Do people forget he punched out a teammate at Florida on the sideline? Harvin has his own issues. Aside from the punch-out, he also had a positive drug test at the combine. Moss may have helped bring his nasty side back to the surface, but come on? Harvin is no saint.

----If Le'Ron McClain really did spit in the face of Channing Crowder, that's the ultimate insult to another player. If there is evidence of it, he might need to be suspended for a game. But was he spitting or did spit come out when he was yelling at him? There's a big difference.

---Don't forget Green Bay guard Josh Sitton when you think Pro Bowl. He's having a great season.



Category: NFL
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:40 pm

Monday Musings

----Philip Rivers is having an amazing season. In eight games, he has thrown for 2,649 yards and he's on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season record for yards. What's even more incredible is he's doing it without his top receivers. He helped San Diego beat the Titans Sunday without his top four receivers. Of course, he does have Antonio Gates, who is the best tight end in football. Those two hooked up five times five times for 123 yards and a touchdown. If San Diego's record were better, Rivers would be an MVP candidate.

---As a longtime critic of Jaguars quarterback David Garrard, I have to give him props for the way he played against Dallas. He threw four touchdown passes and ran for one. He opened the game hitting 12 consecutive passes. He actually looked like a real NFL passer. The problem is he teases with games like that. There is no consistency. He has to show that he can do it more than one game at a time. His inconsistency is maddening to the Jaguars coaching staff. If he can have a few more games close to that, the Jaguars might actually be forced to keep him and his $11 million cap number.

---The Lions hit the pick of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. He is a force in the middle of their defense. The second pick overall in last April's draft, Suh has 6 1/2 sacks already and had two Sunday against Washington. He also scored a touchdown on a fumble recover. Wow. Is he special or what?

---Another impressive rookie is New England corner Devin McCourty. He had an interception Sunday against Minnesota and he made a couple of other nice plays. McCourty excels in man coverage. He is also a student of the game, which Bill Belichick has to love. He's much more advanced than 2009 first-round pick Darius Butler, who lost his starting job on the corner this season.

---Think Al Davis is chuckling over Sunday's game? His Raiders are now 4-4 and he got big-time production from Richard Seymour, the man he traded a first-round pick to get, and Darrius Heyward-Bey, the team's 2009 first-round pick. Heyward-Bey, considered a disappointment so far, had his first 100-yard receiving day. He will be a good one. You watch. The Raiders might just win the AFC West.

----I know Mark Sanchez had some drops Sunday -- a big one by Santonio Holmes -- but his accuracy is off. Right now, he's the third-best quarterback from the 2009 draft. Josh Freeman of Tampa Bay might be best with Matt Stafford, who threw four touchdown passes Sunday, second best.

----Did I tell all you fantasy players about Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Williams this summer? He's going to be a star. He had over 100 yards receiving against the Cardinals Sunday. He's big, strong and works at it. Freeman to Williams will be a top combination in a few years.

----Max Hall isn't very good right now. The Cardinals have to go to Derek Anderson. Then again, he's not very good either. Kurt Warner's retirement is killing this team.

----How does Jerry Jones not fire Wade Phillips now? That team that lost to Jacksonville had no life. It was dead. The Jaguars aren't that good. Quitting is the worst thing any team can do. The Cowboys looked like they quit. I don't think Jason Garrett is the answer, but maybe there is somebody else to liven up that bunch. Maybe Jones is thinking the season is done anyway, so what's the point? At least the new coach might get some effort.

Category: NFL
Posted on: August 24, 2009 7:32 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2009 7:32 pm

Rivers gets paid

There was no doubt the San Diego Chargers would take care of Philip Rivers with a new contract. The only question was how big would it be. We found out Monday when he agreed to a six-year extension worth a reported $92 million with $38 million in guaranteed money.

That's a commitment.

Then again, the Chargers are Rivers' team now.

They used to be LaDainian Tomlinson's team, but in 2008 that changed. LT sturggled and Rivers carried the Chargers.
Expect more of the same in 2009. He is an accurate passer who loves the game. Despite a strange throwing motion, he's showed a lot of people he can be an effective quarterback in the NFL.

This deal follows the $100 million deal that the Giants gave to Eli Manning last week. Rivers is better than Manning, but Manning has a ring, which is why he probably got more.

But give San Diego credit. This is their guy. We've known that. On Monday, we found out how much they truly like having him in San Diego.

Rivers is a star passer. You don't let those types of quarterbacks leave. Right, Denver?

Category: NFL
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