Our “State of the Chargers” series begins with a look at the team’s current situation at quarterback.
The Los Angeles Chargers have few worries about the quarterback position. At least, not right now.
While teams around the league are trying out young players left and right to find their quarterback of the future, the Chargers’ have had their guy in place for quite a while.
Philip Rivers enters his 14th season with the franchise, and the former North Carolina State product has started every game since the memorable 2006 season that saw the team go 14-2 overall.
But like with all veteran quarterbacks, it hasn’t always been a smooth ride.
Rivers led the NFL in interceptions last season with 21, had his second-lowest completion percentage (60.4 percent) since becoming the team’s permanent starter, and could only aid the franchise in mustering up five wins.
Of course, there was plenty of blame to go around for those sets of numbers. But it definitely wasn’t the type of season that Rivers wanted during his swan song in San Diego, considering how much the city had meant to him throughout his career.
The good news is that the Chargers have gone out and given him a big-time rookie wide receiver in Mike Williams. And there’s also the seemingly improved offensive line, which should allow Rivers’ numbers to jump back up to their normal marks if everything comes together.
If there’s one area of concern within the quarterback position right now, it’s that LA may be waiting too long to find Rivers’ successor.
He’ll turn 36 years old this season, and some feel that the Chargers should’ve drafted a quarterback this offseason to begin the grooming process. Instead, the team will go forward with Kellen Clemens as the backup, even if everyone already knows that he won’t be the eventual starter once Rivers calls it quits.
Rivers won’t be playing forever, and as game totals add up, the physical toll on his body will get even worse. So, one would expect the team to think hard about the quarterback of the future as this season progresses.
For now, it’s Rivers’ ball to throw.
And in a season of transition, that’s a huge asset for the Chargers.
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