Everywhere you hear it. From newscasters to NFL Network analysts, hell, even players, they are all saying the same damn thing: Philip Rivers had a horrible season. Let's take a look at that horrible season.
Philip Rivers passed for 4,624 yards, 27 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Let's add some other stats here. Rivers averaged 7.9 yards per pass, completed 62.9 percent of his passes, was sacked 30 times and had five fumble losses.
Now let's look at the rankings. Philip Rivers ranked sixth in passing yards, eighth in TD passes, third in interceptions, eighth in yards per pass, seventh in passing percentage and 16th in sacks taken.
The only glaring statistic for Rivers is the interception total. This was the first season in eight years that Rivers threw more than 15 picks.
How the heck is passing for 4,624 yards and 27 TDs horrible? Warren Sapp is an idiot for his comment about how Philip Rivers needs to be more humble or whatever he said regarding the Chargers.
If people don't think Philip Rivers won't bounce back, they are sadly mistaken. Let's compare Rivers' history as a passer to one of the most prominent passers of our time, Peyton Manning.
Do you believe Philip Rivers will be the best QB in the AFC next season like in 2008?
Manning threw over 20 interceptions twice in his career. The first came in his rookie year, when he threw for 3,739 yards, 26 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. The second time it happened was in 2001, when Manning threw for 4,131 yards, 26 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Manning nearly had another 20-plus interception season in 2002, when he threw for 4,200 yards, 27 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
If Rivers was considered horrible last season, then Manning was horrible for nearly three seasons out of his 13-year Hall of Fame career! The notion that Rivers played horrible is ridiculous. If that's the case, nearly 20 other NFL team's QBs played horrendous!
Philip Rivers will do just fine proving people wrong this season. The sad part is that every analyst seems to think that Rivers will regress again without Vincent Jackson. What a joke!
Before I end this article the way I should, I'll put a little jab on all the Rivers haters. Before this past season, the most interceptions Rivers ever threw was 15. Peyton Manning, on the other hand, threw over 15 interceptions seven times during his career.
Eat that, Philip Rivers haters.
Philip Rivers, without a doubt, will bounce back. He's like Peyton Manning in many ways and different in the sense of his delivery, swagger, leadership and unorthodox-like ways to winning. Rivers is going to do some special things this upcoming year, and it will be awesome to see him do it with Manning in the division.
If Rivers was in the AFC South, Manning wouldn't have won the division year after year. The proof is in the pudding as Rivers bested Manning in six out of the seven meetings they've had. I'm not being a homer about it—those are the facts.
Philip Rivers will have a special season. Charger fans alike, just sit back and watch him light up the scoreboard next season with the weapons he'll have at his disposal.