As experts have speculated as to what type of place Cowher would return to, one of the requirements seems to be that the team already has a franchise quarterback in place. San Diego's QB may be one of the best in the league.
There is no doubt this season was a tough one for Philip Rivers, but the Chargers' franchise cornerstone is still heading to his fourth Pro Bowl. Whether or not you like him, everyone can agree that Rivers has endured a brutal season that saw most of his offensive line miss extended time and put him on the run for virtually the entire season.
Despite being under constant pressure, he managed to complete 347 of 556 passes (62.4 percent) for 4,314 yards and 24 touchdowns. His 19 interceptions were far too high, but at least five of those came from dropped passes and, as mentioned, he was running for his life for most of the season. His quarterback rating of 86.6 is dismal for a guy of his ability, but again, with a healthy offensive line things would have been much different.
Since taking over the starting job in San Diego prior to the 2006 season, Rivers has a record of 62-33 in 95 starts. He has completed 1,894 of 2,981 passes (63.5 percent) for 23,827 yards, with 159 touchdowns and 76 interceptions. His career quarterback rating of 95.2 ranks fifth on the all-time list.
Rivers is the type of tough, no-nonsense quarterback that Cowher would love to coach. Both guys played football for N.C. State and I'm sure already know each other well.
Rivers is also just 30 years old and is in the midst of a seven-year, $98.25 million contract that will run through 2015.