In the span of two seasons, Philip Rivers has gone from one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL to an average starter. Such a drastic drop in production is not something you normally see from a good quarterback, and that puts the Chargers in a unique situation.
The Chargers need to “fix” Rivers. If they can’t get Rivers to play like he did two years ago, then they have to start thinking about finding a replacement. If Rivers fails, the offense fails, and the team probably fails too.
It’s up to Tom Telesco to give Rivers the tools he needs and Mike McCoy to put them into a position to be successful. The organization may not be quite a patient waiting for things to turn around as they were the last time, which means fixing Rivers will not be a long-term project.
Rivers is also 31 years old and only has a few years left at his physical peak. If Rivers can’t turn it around now, there’s not much hope he’ll be able to survive when his physical skills start to erode. The Chargers need to move quickly, or it will be too late. There is no time for excuses or delay.