Rivers / century mark
Posted Jul. 23 at 02:37 PM
Philip Rivers keeps putting up big numbers. As well as he’s played, you can’t really second-guess San Diego’s decision to let Drew Brees leave as a free agent a few years back.
Rivers has finished with a passer rating over 100 three years in a row. That’s something that only two other quarterbacks in league history have pulled off – and both are all-timers (Steve Young and Peyton Manning).
In the last 20 years, only five quarterbacks have gone over 100 in passer rating in consecutive seasons (Young did it twice, and Aaron Rodgers has pulled it off two years in a row). I don’t have the numbers for the ‘80s and earlier, but I don’t believe anybody in that time did this. I checked into Joe Montana, Dan Marino and some others.
Rivers is good, and he could become the first with four straight such seasons this year.
MOST CONSECUTIVE SEASONS, PASSER RATING OVER 100
3 Philip Rivers, S.D. (2008-)
3 Peyton Manning, Ind. (2004-2006)
3 Steve Young, S.F. (1992-1994)
2 Aaron Rodgers, G.B. (2009-)
2 Steve Young, S.F. (1997-1998)
Posted by Kim Pope | Jul. 23 at 02:51 PM
Actually you can second guess their decision making when Mr Brees now has a SB ring on his finger. And don't forget the fact that the Chargers could have drafted L. Fitzgerald to go with Brees/L.T./Gates/Vincent. Thats why the Chargers will never win the big one. They can make good decisions but they rarely make great decisions.
Posted by DAVID DIGREGORIO | Jul. 24 at 12:05 AM
Kim,I think you're being way to hard on the Chargers. You could do what you are doing to any team's draft selections. It is not an exact science.
Posted by IAN ALLAN | Jul. 24 at 04:51 AM
Even with the benefit of hindsight, I don't think the Chargers would select Larry Fitzgerald. Remember, they got not only Rivers in that trade, but Shawne Merriman and Nate Kaeding as well.
Posted by John Evans | Jul. 24 at 08:52 AM
Brees is on his way to the hall-of-fame...Rivers on the otherhand is an solid fantasy QB. Big difference. But as Ian has said...this is all in hindsight. Brees is better, but Rivers isn't chopped liver and is a few years younger.
Posted by Kim Pope | Jul. 24 at 09:21 AM
Rivers has proven to be a great qb for the Chargers, it's just that I don't see the point in drafting him (or trading for him as the case was) when Brees was already there. Brees was a little lack luster up to that point but he did spend most of his time running for his life on the field. I must admit it was sweet to see Ely forced to hold up that Chargers jersey on draft day after his family dished on San Diego so publicly before the draft.
Posted by BARRY BROWN | Jul. 24 at 11:35 AM
I think that Saints SuperBowl winning team would've also won with Rivers at the helm vs. Brees. They're both elite QB's IMO.
Posted by Darrell Schulte | Jul. 25 at 12:22 AM
Eli And Drew both have Super Bowl rings. The Manning Family was right. The Chargers seem to be one of those teams, that for whatever reason, can't get the job done. And remember how LT felt before he was forced out. He gave that team everything and they treated him as just a piece of meat.
Posted by ANDY RICHARDSON | Jul. 25 at 01:52 AM
I have no great love for the Chargers, but there is a lot of good fortune that goes into getting a Super Bowl ring. While the AFC has had three dominant teams over the past decade -- New England, Indy, and Pittsburgh have 9 of the AFC's last 10 titles -- the NFC has had none, with 9 different teams going to the Super Bowl in the last 9 years. Yeah, San Diego hasn't got it done, yet. But I think their road has been tougher. Too soon, anyway, to say Rivers won't eventually win as many titles as those other guys.
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