Rivers' Success Not Surprising By Any Means

10/16/13 in NFL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   109 respect

Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) hug after a Chargers win at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsAt 3-3, the San Diego Charges may be one of the most inconsistent teams in the NFL this season.

Philip Rivers, their franchise quarterback, however, does not belong with that title for the Chargers this season. In fact, Rivers has easily been the Chargers' best player this season.

Through his team's first six games, Rivers has already thrown 14 touchdown passes while only throwing just six interceptions. Not only are those numbers exceptional, but Rivers has completed 162/223 of his attempts for a 72.6% completion percentage.

If you have been following Rivers throughout his nine and half seasons in San Diego, numbers like this should not surprise you. Year in and year out, Rivers throws a lot more touchdowns than interceptions while also having a solid QBR. 

For Rivers, these numbers are at the forefront this season. As of this writing, Rivers has a QBR of 108.7 with the lowest QBR (86.4) this season coming in a week five 27-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Much of Rivers' success can be attributed to the fact that Norv Turner, the Chargers' former head coach, is no longer at the helm and instead, is following the lead of Mike McCoy. Under McCoy's direction, Rivers has been given more freedom with the football, something he enjoyed early on in his career.

Thus far, Rivers has looked extremely comfortable under the new regime. McCoy's offense demands Rivers to have complete control of his offense and to just go out there and play and do what he does best.

With Rivers being allowed to do things his way, he has looked more confident than other. He is keeping the interceptions down, is making smart decisions with the football and is showing the Chargers and their fans that he can help this team put up some points (144) as with Rivers doing what he does best, the team has averaged at least 24 points through their first six games.

Rivers has also had success due to the play of running back Danny Woodhead. According to Luke Hughes at NESN, Rivers has targeted Woodhead 41 times this season and Woodhead has picked-up over 400 yards already this season with three touchdowns.

Teammate and wide receiver Kennan Allen praised Rivers's play to the Associated Press after his team defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in week two.

"He's a great player and one of the smarter guys I've been around," wideout Keenan Allen said. "He can read coverages and change calls at the line of scrimmage. He's really great to play with."

At just 31 years of age, Rivers has already accomplished a lot in the league. Now, with a new coaching staff and a renewed sense of value and control, Rivers has the opportunity to accomplish even more.
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