San Diego Chargers: 3 Reasons the Heat Should Be Relieved from Philip Rivers

Alex Ramirez@@alexramirez127Correspondent ISeptember 25, 2012

September 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) after the game against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
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The Chargers are 2-1, yes, but after their last defeat to the Falcons, many are starting to question the team, primarily the quarterback. Philip Rivers had a stellar start to the season in his games against Oakland and Tennessee. Against Atlanta, however, he began looking like the Philip Rivers of 2011. The focus of a loss falls upon the leader of the team, even if it's not earned. 

No. 17 can definitely play better, and he will. Instead of putting all the blame on Rivers, let's try and explain why he played the way he did against the Falcons.


Offensive Line

Philip Rivers was constantly under attack Sunday. On both of his interceptions, he forced a throw because of pressure. The first time caused him to roll out of the pocket and make the wrong decision. That was his fault. Instead of just throwing the ball away, Rivers decided to give Antonio Gates a chance. On his second pick, Rivers was immediately pressured and again, made a bad decision. 

The offensive line may not be the sole reason Rivers had a horrible game against the Falcons, but they can also do much better. 

Wide Receivers 

Malcom Floyd, when healthy, is one of the best wideouts in the league. That's IF he can catch the ball. Rivers put the ball in his hands multiple times during the game, but Floyd, who's never had problems with drops, failed to make the catches. Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal have failed to do much through three games, seeing that their chemistry isn't there yet. Those are about the only wideouts in the passing game. Micheal Spurlock and Richard Goodman are mainly return men. In my opinion, I'm not worried with Eddie Royal. As long as he's healthy, his big plays will start happening. Robert Meachem, on the other hand, is risky. He's a perfect fit in San Diego, but he and Rivers are far apart as of now. 

Run Game

The Chargers cannot run the ball. Ryan Mathews previewed what he's capable of this season against the Falcons, but his fumble inside the five yard line just hurt his amount of carries. Jackie Battle deserves more carries, especially in the red zone. The lack of run game is affecting Philip Rivers' production. It's limiting the amount of play action they can run and allowing defenses to figure out San Diego's game plan. 

These aren't excuses for why Rivers played the way he did against the Falcons, they are areas that need improvement.