The resurgence of Philip Rivers in 2013 was nothing short of remarkable.
After coughing up 22 turnovers in 2012, Rivers minimized his mistakes to 13 and finished in the top five in touchdowns, completion percentage, passing yards and QB rating. He led the Chargers to their first postseason appearance since 2009 and picked up the Comeback Player of the Year award in the process.
It was a career year for the five-time Pro Bowler, and did I mention he did it all with two of his top receivers lost for the season?
Looking ahead to 2014, Rivers has all the pieces in place to replicate his success from a year ago with the exception of former offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who assumed Tennessee's head coaching vacancy.
Reich, who was the Chargers QB coach last season, has built a strong relationship with his quarterback and intends to entrust Rivers with the reins again, per Eric D. Williams of ESPN:
We've got an exceptional quarterback who can handle a lot. So because everything kind of filters through him, it gives us the opportunity to really be a well-balanced offense. We'll throw it when we want to throw it, but run it when we want to run it.
Rivers, too, has grown close to Reich and feels comfortable that he'll put him in a position to find success:
My communication with Frank is awesome. We communicated a lot last year, so it's really been a seamless transition from the standpoint of what we're doing, what's expected and how we're going to operate.
Frank being in a similar-style offense both as a player and as a coach really just makes for a smooth process -- easy to make adjustments and change things on the run as we see them. He really thinks and calls plays like a quarterback. And I know I'm real comfortable with that.
On top of having a more experienced Keenan Allen, Rivers will also welcome back longtime friend Malcom Floyd into the receiving mix—a huge boost the team was missing after his injury in Week 2 of last year.
As Rivers explained to reporters, it shouldn't take long to get back that chemistry with the same player he came in with in 2004, per Ricky Henne of Chargers.com:
He’s one of the guys I could not throw to for a year and pick it up in about 30 minutes. But it is good to have him out there because you start to see how some things come together, and you tailor things like we've always done to what guys you have. So when you have a guy like Malcom, you certainly want to use him to his strengths.