Originally Posted by SD Snake
Good post, Skid. You expressed a lot of what I've been feeling about the 2012 Chargers. Somewhere, no one knows how, Philip Rivers just changed, and that makes no sense, but what other explanation is there? I don't think the line is much different. Sure, Dielman's gone, and he was everything you could ever hope for in a Left Guard. But still. It's flatout eerie how drasticly Rivers' numbers have plummeted.
I made a post a couple weeks ago; it was about how the nature of his interceptions have changed. He's to blame for them now. They're mostly on him. They're no longer diving one handed interceptions like Revis made against us that one playoff game. They're giveaways, not great defensive plays. And he's no rookie. He's a veteran. Why is he playing like this? It's unnacceptable.
I can longer say Rivers is a premier quarterback in this league. I'd even be hardpressed to put him in the top 15.
His TD/pick ratio, ever since last year and continuing to the now, is plain bad.
People who are saying fire Norv after today, well a lot of fans have wanted Norv gone. But we should be eyeing Rivers just as harshly. His completion percentage is good, but he's the one who has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory this year.
As a first round pick, Mathews has not delivered to the extent that a first round pick should. He's shown flashes, but he isn't reliable. We don't go into games saying, it's okay, Mathews will save us. It's more like, "maybe Mathews will play, who knows." So I think that is one reason Rivers may be playing so poorly. It's almost all on Rivers, and he's shaky as hell. We have a sub 500 record to prove it.
I've been thinking about Rivers' Heir a lot, too. I think it would be very prudent to scope out a replacement soon. A Rodgers/Farve situation. But really, this team is so broken all over. We need new CBs (Jammer is I believe in the last year of his contract and he's old, and Cason is another soft, inneffective bust)
We haven't drafted well. Other than Butler, our recent crop of newbies are nothing to brag too much about.