What we're seeing with Philip Rivers in San Diego is on some level the second coming of Dan Fouts. Fouts made it to two consecutive AFC Championship games (1980, 1981) but lost both despite having a Hall-of-Fame career.
As for Rivers, he's made four Pro Bowls in the last six years, has thrown for over 4,000 yards each of the last four seasons and has made one conference championship game (lost to New England in 2007).
The only difference between Rivers and Fouts though, is that Rivers has a better defense but not nearly as good of a head coach. Don Coryell was Fouts' coach from 1978-1986 and made the Bolts offense one of the best year in and year out.
Rivers on the other hand, has Norv Turner on the sidelines who replaced Marty Schottenheimer in 2007. Needless to say, Rivers has performed well and much like Dan Fouts, deserves a shot at the Super Bowl.
The question however, is whether he'll ever get the chance with Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger still going strong, the Houston Texans coming of age and the Chargers' AFC West rivals battling them every year.
San Diego hasn't taken that next step as a team despite Rivers' accomplishments, so sooner or later changes will need to be made.
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