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Old 05-04-2017, 11:58 AM
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Anthony Lynn: Philip Rivers 'looks rejuvenated,' can play 3-4 more years
9:42 AM PT

Eric D. Williams
ESPN Staff Writer


SAN DIEGO -- Although they did extensive work scouting this year's quarterback class, one of the reasons the Los Angeles Chargers did not draft a young signal-caller is that they believe Philip Rivers has a lot of gas left in the tank.

Rivers turns 36 in December but has not missed a start in over a decade, with 176 straight.

"Philip wants to play forever and that's what you want in a quarterback," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn told "The Jim Rome Show." "I'm always leery of these guys that tell me I think I'm going to play another year or two. I want the ones you got to push out, you got to run off. Those are the ones that love football and can't get enough, and that's how Philip is."
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn says quarterback Philip Rivers has lost 10 pounds under the team's offseason conditioning program.

Lynn added that Rivers has lost 10 pounds working in his team's offseason conditioning program led by new strength coach John Lott.

"He looks rejuvenated," Lynn said. "He's got a little zip on the ball. He can have three or four more productive years easily in my mind."

I asked Lynn after last week's draft why the Chargers passed on selecting a quarterback, and he said the team did not want to reach at that position.

"We definitely think Philip can still play," Lynn said. "Whoever we drafted was going to have to come in and sit for a while because I think Philip is going to continue to play at a high level.

"If a quarterback had been there that we felt really good about, then yeah, we evaluate that position like we do the other 21 spots and very easily could have taken a young quarterback, and brought him on to develop him. But we weren't going to reach. We definitely weren't going to do that. And we feel good about the guys we have as well."

So for now, the Chargers will go with a quarterback group that includes veterans in Rivers and Kellen Clemens, along with developmental prospects in Mike Bercovici and Eli Jenkins.

One thing the Chargers did to make Rivers' job easier is draft a playmaking receiver in Mike Williams in the first round. They also picked up three offensive linemen in Forrest Lamp, Dan Feeney and Sam Tevi.

Lynn said Williams provides another matchup issue for opposing defenses.

"Philip, being a veteran guy, he likes matchups, and that's what this game is all about, is matchups," Lynn told Rome. "Philip can read a defense, and I believe he can deliver the ball in places where it's supposed to go, and take advantage of those matchups. Se we have another weapon, and hopefully another matchup issue for the defense."
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Depends on the protection in which they have addressed this year. I think PR can easily have Favre like longevity.

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Anyone else listen to the bit on the Rome show. Love the insight Lynn provides and its interesting to hear how he thinks and sees things. I did not know anything about him and was skeptical of him as coach, but i feel he is a players coach and has the chance to change the culture of the team. Love what he says about the draft picks and Desmond King.

http://jimrome.com/2017/05/02/anthony-lynn/
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I, personally, didn't like the 3-4 years comment. I know I am nitpicking. I just don't think a HC should put ANY timeframe on a franchise QB. The QB will know when his time is up. He will know when he is not physically performing anymore.

Peyton Manning fell straight off the cliff his final year. He knew it, and knew that was it for him.
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The father of my daughter's current 7th grade classmate (Matt "Money" Smith from the Petros & Money show on LA's AM 570 - deep voice on the far right) is certainly bullish on PR and the offensive talent that they drafted around him.

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I, personally, didn't like the 3-4 years comment. I know I am nitpicking. I just don't think a HC should put ANY timeframe on a franchise QB. The QB will know when his time is up. He will know when he is not physically performing anymore.

Peyton Manning fell straight off the cliff his final year. He knew it, and knew that was it for him.
It's number I venture he just threw out there. PR has shown some noodle in that arm.
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Lynn can predict the future? PR is the only one to say when it's done. The NFL can be a tough place to try and foresee things. As an example look at what happened to Carr at the end of the season, thankfully the hit didn't end his career.
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Great interviews. Lynn wasn't the popular choice to be coach from CMB surveys. I voted as did others for Patricia. I'll reserve from judging him until he has a couple of seasons under his belt.

Things that stood out:
-"I'm not big on potential. I like the guys that do it." Reason for Fluker's absence and most likely Franklin's who hasn't been playing to his potential. Since Lynn has the final decision on rosters Orlando may be out the door by the end of training camp.

-Walsh's influence. Lots of respect for Walsh as a coach and an evaluator of talent. He saw something in Lynn. When Rome asked what Walsh liked in him, he said the way I study and evaluate players stood out and the fact that I had a great desire to do this right.

Lynn also plans to follow Seifert's strategy of coaching the scout team. Lynn states this 1) focuses on player development 2) brings value to the scout team in that they learn the same playbook and they compete vs. 1st team defense/ offense. 3) This allows the whole roster to improve their skills over a season vs. just the starters. Good to know given the history of team injuries the past two seasons.

-Dude is a survivor and a compassionate man personified. He had no ill will toward the man that struck him with a car at 55 mph. Lynn certainly could of had the man punished for his mistake. He had the compassion to help reduce his sentence to a year of probation. As a person, you have to respect that.

Lastly, he is a strong strong communicator and is at ease in front of the media. Upon first impression, Lynn is candid and at ease when answering questions. I think the media will appreciate the straight answers. Good luck Coach.

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Anyone else listen to the bit on the Rome show. Love the insight Lynn provides and its interesting to hear how he thinks and sees things. I did not know anything about him and was skeptical of him as coach, but i feel he is a players coach and has the chance to change the culture of the team. Love what he says about the draft picks and Desmond King.

http://jimrome.com/2017/05/02/anthony-lynn/

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