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Chargers must move on from Philip Rivers

You can look at Philip Rivers' yards and touchdowns to argue he is just very unfortunate or you can look at his interceptions and mistakes in big situations to ague that he is part of the Chargers' problems.

You can look at Philip Rivers’ yards and touchdowns to argue he is just very unfortunate or you can look at his interceptions and mistakes in big situations to ague that he is part of the Chargers’ problems.

You might not even realize it but one of the most polarizing figures in football is Philip Rivers. He is not the most visible quarterback in the NFL. He is not on the cover of sports magazines or newspapers, featured on the home page of websites very regularly. He barely gets mentioned in general conversation about football, but there is very little middle ground about where this guy stands. Based on a small poll of talking to different people about Rivers and asking how they perceive him, the results were quite interesting.

About half of the people quickly said Rivers was one of the best quarterbacks in the league and immediately brought up his six 4,000-plus yard seasons and topping 30 touchdown passes four times. They point to how this year he is on pace to surpass 5,300 yards.

The other half did not even say Rivers is a middle of the road quarterback, they said he was bad, pointing to his team’s inability to win consistently with him under center. They point to his seven seasons with double-digit interceptions. They point to his numbers being more of a result of having great weapons like Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson and Keenan Allen.

No matter what your stance on Rivers is, the San Diego Chargers must figure out a way to move away, purely because things have not worked out with him at quarterback and they have to completely rebuild.

Rivers is 33-years-old and just signed a four-year, $84 million deal with $65 million guaranteed. It will be hard to move him, but even for those who think Rivers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, the Chargers seem like they are three years away from being three years away.

Rivers might lead the NFL in passing yards this season, but the Chargers are 2-7, tied for the second worst record in the NFL, they are 30th in the league in rushing yards per game, 16th in points per game, 20th in yards allowed per game and particularly miserable at stopping the run, and 28th in scoring defense. They also had one of the worst special team’s units in the league and have for a long time.

It is going to take a lot to fix this Chargers team and Rivers just does not seem to be part of the future. The better options might be to try to find a team in the offseason that might think they are a big-armed quarterback away from making a nice run — the Jets, Texans, Chiefs, Eagles, Rams and 49ers all come to mind as possible suitors — pick up a few draft picks and rebuild. Maybe they get a stop-gap quarterback for a year or two while they improve in other areas, but either way, the plan cannot actually have Rivers in it.

The Chargers cannot simply go into every season with the same thing and expect different results. This is a team that was expected to make the playoffs the past two years but missed out last season and has collapsed this season. Since the Chargers 13-3 record in 2009, which ended with a one-and-done trip to the playoffs, the Chargers are 44-45 with only one trip to the playoffs. They need to start going in a different direction.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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