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CPiSS (Chargers Post Season Syndrome)
Staff member
Mar 5, 2006
Most agree Rivers has the skills to succeed as a pro, but can he win big – and win right away?

By Kevin Acee
September 7, 2006

The wait is almost over.

And as Philip Rivers' first game as an NFL quarterback approaches Monday night in Oakland, here's what everyone wants to know:

Philip Rivers says his first two years in the NFL were valuable: "I've been watching and learning and preparing and throwing."
How good will he be ... and how fast?

“When will he take the next step? When will the light come on?” Phil Simms, an NFL quarterback for 15 seasons and a Super Bowl MVP, said with no small measure of sarcasm. “The light comes off on and off all during your career. I love the way it's talked about as if it were a science.”

Get this straight: Right now there's just no telling how good Rivers will be and how fast.

There are opinions.

Simms has one.

“For it not to work it's going to take some unforeseen tremendously bad luck,” he said. “I study every guy out here. Philip has the qualities.”

A quarterback's career must be taken as a whole. Troy Aikman was intercepted almost twice as often as he threw a touchdown pass his first two seasons, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last month. Dan Fouts, the greatest of all Chargers quarterbacks, didn't complete 50 percent of his passes until his third season. Peyton Manning, who some think might be among the best two or three quarterbacks ever, went 3-13 his rookie year.

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CPiSS (Chargers Post Season Syndrome)
Staff member
Mar 5, 2006
Also in the article: Agree or disagree?

The things that make
a great quarterback

Whatever other tangibles and intangibles a quarterback possesses, he has to be able to see the field – where the open man is and where the defenders are. Rivers is still learning this still at the NFL level, where the defenses are more complex, always changing, and the defenders are bigger and faster.


A QB must process what he sees and go for what he believes. Some believe the greatest mark of a good QB is knowing when to dump the ball off or throw it away. Rivers has the know-how and actually has the players around him who can turn a check-down into a touchdown.


After identifying who is open and who to throw to, a quarterback must get the football there. So many routes in the NFL are dependent on timing and coverage, so this is also among the most important attributes a quarterback can possess. Rivers' accuracy is often the first thing people talk about when praising him.

Arm strength

The least important attribute of a great quarterback can even be a hindrance because those who have a big gun tend to rely on it too much. Rivers has long been knocked for not having a strong arm. It was apparent in training camp that he has plenty of arm for the job. Most important, he puts zip on the short passes the Chargers' offense features.


The boos are going to come. The hits are going to come. No one is perfect, and every quarterback is dependent on his teammates' performance, as well as the performance of the opposing defense. Bad days are inevitable. Rivers, a coach's son, has experienced plenty of losses, and his mental toughness is unquestioned.


Whether by his work ethic, competitiveness or his words, a quarterback has to be a leader. He better provide it all three ways. Teammates have been amazed with the swiftness and natural way Rivers took over that role the day Drew Brees left for New Orleans.



Well-Known Member
Jun 16, 2006
Rivers gives me major football wood. I'm so freaking excited to see what he's going to do. Is it Monday yet?