Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESS
I would love to be proved wrong by Rivers’ play. He was patient for the first game-and-a-half, but last week, with no time to throw and no running game to lean on, Rivers appeared to be slipping into his old bad habits.
He had no such excuses yesterday.
On 3rd-and-goal, he threw into tight coverage. On a 3rd-and-1, he threw into the end zone when it looked like he could have run for the yard. He threw a ball backwards to Ryan Mathews that could have been recovered by Kansas City and he threw an awful interception on a pass intended for Robert Meachem on the very next play.
Many of his picks have been meant for Meachem. Rivers also was called for intentional grounding and almost tackled for a safety.
I love Philip Rivers, but I’m tired of seeing the same bonehead plays from him. During the game, Solomon Wilcots shared a conversation he had with Rivers where Phil mentioned that he planned to be cautious with the football on Sunday. When he awoke in Kansas City and heard the band playing, he must have decided against it.
Philip, listen to a different band.
It didn’t cost them the game yesterday, but he needs to learn from his mistakes. If Rivers truly wants to join his 2004 draftmates in the circle of Super Bowl-winning QBs, he has cut out these mental gaffes from his game. Saying he’s mad at himself after another mistake won’t cut it any more.