Philip Rivers is the unquestioned starting QB of the San Diego Chargers.
Barring injury or act of God, there is virtually nothing that will keep the North Carolina State product from being San Diego's starter in 2009. Rivers boasts a 35-15 regular season record as the Chargers' signal caller, and is the first San Diego QB since Stan Humphries to win a playoff game.
Pros: Stands tall in pocket, excellent reader of opposing defenses, familiarity with the offensive scheme and personnel, a powerful and accurate arm (78 TDs against 36 INTs in his career), excellent field vision, strong intangibles capped by emotional leadership.
Cons: Almost near-complete lack of mobility outside of pocket, strong emotional characteristic has penchant to spill over into tirades, will to play through injuries despite having capable backup results in errors, despite large size, turns ball over too easily when sacked.
2009 Season Outlook: Rivers has proved durable and dependable, establishing himself among the elite QBs in the NFL. Noting these qualities and a supporting cast of Tomlinson, Gates, Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers among others, there is nothing to suggest that Rivers won't have another stellar season under center.
Over 3,250 yds, 25 or more TDs and a 95 or above rating are almost a given at this point.