I was not a believer in Phillip Rivers as an elite NFL quarterback before this year. His throwing motion might be the ugliest I’ve seen since Joe Montain-ya. He runs his mouth like he is Tom Brady when Rivers hasn’t even appeared in a Super Bowl, let alone win it. The one time he visited the AFC title game, he lost to Brady and the Pats by throwing for just 211 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. I just didn’t think he was as good as he thought he was.I picked the San Diego Chargers to miss the playoffs, and the Oakland Raiders to win the awful AFC West. Yeah, I’m not so sure about that now…
So far this season, Rivers has not only proved to myself and others that he is an elite NFL quarterback, he has proved that he is the best quarterback in the NFL in the 2010 season. Rivers has passed for 3,362 yards and 23 touchdowns, both of which would lead the league if not for Kyle Orton’s 3,370 yards.
But what makes it even more impressive, is that Rivers has done all this without his number one option Vincent Jackson. He has also had his other targets Antonio Gates, Malcolm Floyd, and Legedu Naanee for extended time. Patrick Crayton, who was acquired from Dallas via trade, will be out for awhile with a dislocated wrist.
And yet he’s still second in the league in yards, and tied for first in touchdowns? Are you kidding me? While he did get Antonio Gates back in the Chargers win over the Colts on Sunday night, what he has done this year with limited receivers is outstanding. It will only get better as he has
standout holdout receiver Vincent Jackson coming back from suspension.
For me, it’s a two-way race for the remainder of the season between Rivers and Mike Vick for MVP.
The Chargers don’t have the defense or running game that they used to have, but if they’re going to go anywhere this season, it’s going to be completely on the arm of Rivers.
As good as Rivers has been in 2010, he could get a chance to get back to the AFC Championship game, and earn the right to talk some real trash.