I love history. I was sitting back and thinking about some of the stupidest things I've read about about three of my all-time favorite Chargers: Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, and LaDainian Tomlinson.
Phil Simms, in the process of touting his son Chris Simms, explained that the Miami Dolphins would be foolish to trade for a loser like Rivers.
Simms isn't particularly impressed by Rivers' ability, either — even if the quarterback finished his career at N.C. State ranked second among passers in NCAA history. That's because Rivers is not particularly fast — he ran a 5.08 in the 40-yard dash before the draft — and he lacks a consistent deep ball.
"He's not the play-maker," said Simms, who suggested the Dolphins would be better off convincing Notre Dame junior quarterback Brady Quinn to enter the draft. "But the market for Philip Rivers will be driven up by hype, by people who say the Chargers' best quarterback is sitting on the bench. That's a very easy thing to say when there's no proof of it otherwise."
-Jeff Darlington, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer, Thursday, December 08, 2005
Mr. Simms, those words are among the stupidest ever said. When you argue that there is no proof that Rivers is any good. That was true.
You then state that he is not play-maker, but there is no proof of that either? That was desperate.
Would you rather have Rivers or both Brady Quinn and Chris Simms on your team?
Once he adjusts to running from a pro-set instead of a veer offense, watch him grow into a very effective back. Definitely starting material, but he has enough to only garner All-Pro consideration eventually, but this is no franchise back here, folks. His numbers are very impressive, but he's a product of the team's system. Too bad too many general managers are desperate for a running back, as he'll go higher than his stock dictates.
I guess Jim Brown (the clown) was right, LT must have made it into the right system in the NFL too.
ESPN's Tom Jackson, who proclaimed Jay Cutler the best quarterback on the best team in the league at one point last season, once proclaimed that Drew Brees hadn't shown him anything that could convince him that Drew Brees had the talent to play in the NFL.
Excuse me, but that calls for an LOL.
That goes to show you that Mr. Jackson is nothing more than a high profile fan who never saw Drew Brees' first season as a starter.