Philip Rivers: 3 Reasons Chargers QB Is Not Living Up to Expectations in 2011

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Philip Rivers: 3 Reasons Chargers QB Is Not Living Up to Expectations in 2011
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Philip Rivers' frustration has been clearly visible at times this season.

The Chargers propensity to stumble and stagger out of the gate under head coach Norv Turner has been well documented. And while, collectively, San Diego has finally gotten the proverbial monkey off their back with an impressive 4-1 start, they've done so in spite of Philip Rivers, who's tendency to struggle early-on has carried over into this season.

Certainly the absence of Antonio Gates has played a significant role in Rivers' less than spectacular performance thus far. Also contributing to the problem has been the time missed by supporting cast members Malcolm Floyd and Patrick Crayton whose sporadic presence has significantly limited Rivers' options down-field at times.

Still, true as these facts may be, they don't explain why Norv Turner has been at or below .500 at the mid-season mark 9 times in his 13 seasons as an NFL head coach. Nor do these facts explain why, prior to this season, San Diego is 15-17 through the first eight weeks and 26-6 through the last eight weeks over the course of Turner's tenure.

In light of this, it seems far more likely that Rivers and the Chargers have simply taken on the personality of their leader. But Turner-coached teams habit of performing poorly early-on is no coincidence, nor is it by accident.

Actually, it's by design.

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