What has happened to Philip Rivers?
After showing so much promise by making an immediate impact by leading the Chargers to four straight division championships and three 10-plus win seasons, Rivers was the real deal with 105 touchdowns and 35 interceptions in that 2006-2009 stretch.
Then came the 2010 season, and the Bolts haven't seen the playoffs since. Over the past three seasons, Rivers' touchdown-to-interception ratio stands at 75 to 47.
When he threw 20 interceptions last year, I thought it was just a fluke, but he has already thrown 14 through 11 games, second to only Tony Romo. He has had 15 multiple-interception games over the past 26 games and has only had four games in that span where he didn't throw an interception.
During his first five years, he only had 14 total multiple-interception games and had four-game streaks where he didn't throw an interception several times.
If there is any silver lining to be found with Rivers, it's that he has performed his best coming down the stretch the past two years, even with the playoffs outside the realm of possibility. In 2010, he won seven of the last nine games with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 15-to-6, and in 2011, he won four of the last five games with a ratio of 11-to-3.
Even if he were to rally the team and finish 9-7, the Bolts will not be making the playoffs and it will be time to end the Philip Rivers experiment. There isn't much hope in Charlie Whitehurst either, so I think it would be in the best interest of picking up a player from the vaunted quarterback draft of 2012 on another team, namely Brock Osweiler from Denver.
Two quarterbacks from that draft have recently ousted standout veterans from their starting jobs, so perhaps take a look at Alex Smith in San Francisco or Matt Flynn in Seattle.