Hands down, Rivers is the gem in this group if you're looking at these gaudy individual stats alone:
Completion Percentage: 65.3
Overall QB rating: 105.5
And to Philips' credit, he helped bring back the underachieving Chargers from the dead last season to get them into the playoffs, finishing at 8—8.
However, the gnawing question remains, "can Philip lead this team and be a consistent winner, especially at playoff time?"
Let's put it this way, two-time Super Bowl winning QB, Ben Roethlisberger already has 19 comeback victories to his credit.
Rivers, drafted the same year as Big Ben, has been credited with only eight comebacks.
Granted, Rivers did not start until his third season, but his eight comeback victories still lag behind quarterback greats John Elway (47), Brett Favre (42), Marino and Peyton (37), and look at this!
Drew Beldsoe had 32 comebacks to his credit.
Ok, I have to throw this one in as well: four time Super Bowl champ Joe Montana tallied 31 comeback victories in his career.
*It should be noted that comeback statistics are highly disputed. Some statisticians have Elway's comeback total as low as 34 and Big Ben's as low as 15.
Furthermore, for those who think it's unfair to compare comebacks because Big Ben has started two more seasons than Rivers, let's break it down by comebacks per season.
Roethlisberger averages 3.8 comebacks per year where Rivers has averaged 2.7 comebacks.
This might not seem like a noticeable difference to some, but in today's NFL, parity reigns king and the difference of a win or two due to comeback can make the difference between going to the playoffs, winning in the playoffs, and ultimately giving your team a chance to win the Super Bowl.
Now I am not saying the Rivers will not/cannot belong to this elite group!
He's right at the doorstep. I am merely trying to point out that he may need to raise his level of play one more notch to achieve his ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl.
Based on my observations watching the Chargers play last year, many of their games had all the drama of a developing hostage situation, and the Bolts weren't the ones saving anybody, if you know what I mean.
The trick for Rivers this year will be for him to take on the role of sharpshooting assassin, leading the Chargers all the way to Miami and beyond.
Who knows, maybe it's those baby blue uniforms....
Interesting Rivers fact:
Rivers is good friends with Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, who is also from Alabama.