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NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-The San Diego Chargers 10-year starter Phillip Rivers is the AFC’s equivalent to the Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo.
Why? Because, like Romo, Rivers is a gunslinger, who has the ability to make amazing throws and bad ones as well.
Plus, also like Romo, the Chargers, like Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, hate to trade him because he is too good to lose.
And, let’s not forget, Rivers, like Romo, is also ring less, despite being one of the league’s most efficient and productive QBs in the league between 2008 to 2010, in which he averaged 31 TDs passes and 4,324 yards during that stretch.
But lately, his numbers have plummeted, which has some Charger fans crying a river as their wishes of a Super Bowl title continue to diminish.
With River’s stats taking a drastic dip, unlike Romo, who is surrounded by a host of big play wide receivers like Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and TE Jason Whitten, suffered after losing Vincent Jackson to free agency toTampa, Darren Sproles to the Saints and deep threat Denario Alexander, who is out for the season with knee injury.
As a result, he was reduced to connecting with aging TE Antonio Gates for big plays.
But, with former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead being added to the team with the lightning bolts on the side of their helmets, Rivers could utilize his shiftiness, while he continues to look for a deep threat down field.
Rivers, however, is unlike Romo, makes no “puppy-dog eye” face excuses on the bench or during press conference in order to gain sympathy for his poor play. He, in fact, owns up to it, while playing with passion, whether in a losing or winning effort, whether it’s a touchdown pass or an interpretation. His eyes, in fact, are always enflamed with fire.
Unfortunately, for Rivers, lack of a big-play receiver, is the less of his worry. Because, over the last three years Rivers has been sacked at least 30 times in each season, due to the loss of two Pro Bowl offensive linemen-tackle Marcus McNeil (neck) and guard Kris Dielman.
But with the firing of Norv Turner, however, a new coaching staff, headed by Mike McCoy from Denver and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt from Arizona, are confidence that they can restore Rivers back to his old form by making him take shorter drops, which could reduce his sack totals as well as getting the ball out of his hand by re-establishing the running game with Ryan Matthews, who collected 787 yards on 184 last year and utilizing veteran Ronnie Brown, who can run in between tackles on short-yard situation.
Currently, however, the Chargers are 2-2 in third place behind the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) and the Denver Broncos (4-0). But despite the two loses, the Chargers have two big wins against the Cowboys and the Eagles. Plus Rivers has completed 73% of his passes, while throwing 11 touchdowns to only two interceptions.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org