- Nov 16, 2005
Keep bringin it, Darlin!! :icon_toast:Chispa said:From the article:
When Rivers enters the huddle he's joined by arguably the league's best running back (LaDainian Tomlinson) and premier tight end (Antonio Gates). In most of the Chargers' games this season, Rivers just needed to hand the ball off and complete the high percentage throw.
But last week in the 23-13 win over the Super Bowl champion Steelers, usually conservative Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer needed to crack open the offensive playbook, and Rivers responded.
Playing against a voracious defense, the composed Rivers threw for a career-high 242 yards with a pair of touchdowns and consistently fit balls into small spaces. In a tremendous compliment, the blitz-mad Steelers backed off their pressures late in the game to protect their shredded secondary.
"He tries not to put his team in a difficult situation right now, knowing that he's a young guy," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "In other words, he doesn't try to do it himself, like an Elway would do it. 'If I don't do it, no one is going to get it done.' I think he relies on the guys around him."
Using members of his terrific cast, Rivers has a luxury the 49ers are still developing. Should Smith get some world-beating options on offense, he and Rivers could have bright futures as the next generation of fine quarterbacks.