No player typified (and caused) the Chargers’ struggles last season more than Philip Rivers. He was showered with praise for his work during the 2010 season, where he threw to a record 17 different receivers.
With Vincent Jackson holding out and every pass-catcher on the roster being injured at some point, Rivers threw for a career-high 4,710 yards. His 30 touchdowns were second only to his 34 of 2008.
With all his weapons returning for 2011 and a new special teams coach to remedy a historically bad showing the year before, many assumed Rivers would utterly dominate and follow Aaron Rodgers as “the next great quarterback to win a championship.”
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who lobbied for MVP consideration for Rivers in 2010, predicted him winning of Offensive Player of Year and MVP in 2011.