Without question, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is in the top three at his position in the AFC alongside Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and New England’s Tom Brady. By no means however, does that mean he should be a recurrent lock for the Pro Bowl, especially after such a down season.
Coming into the year, Rivers was considered by many to be a top MVP candidate. He challenges for the passing title every season, his Chargers were considered Super Bowl contenders and this looked like the season everything might break right for him.
Instead, it’s been a season filled with heartbreaking losses, untimely fumbles and lots of interceptions. His turnovers (19 interceptions, 7 fumbles) outnumber his touchdown passes (24) and the AFC West-favorite Chargers have already been eliminated even though a .500 record could feasibly win the division.
Simply put, Rivers is not deserving of the AFC’s third quarterback slot. At the very least, injured Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub should have received the honor after leading his team to the playoffs, with Rivers filling in as a Pro Bowl alternate.