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Agree or Disagree with Philip Rivers' Ranking?
When the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2014 was announced Wednesday night, Philip Rivers came in at number 34. It was a meaningful ranking to the quarterback since he was voted into that slot by his peers. Rivers appeared on NFL Network immediately following the announcement to give his thoughts on the honor. Here are some highlights from his interview:
On his performance during the 2013 season:
“Yeah, I guess I’ve been fixed [laughing]. It was a rough little stretch there but I knew I hadn’t forgotten how to play quarterback and I knew it was just battling through some turnovers and some key mistakes that I made in some tough spots in games. But I had no doubt that we would get it turned around as an offense and as a team. It felt great to get a taste of that postseason again; that three year drought, that hurt.”
On what he likes about Chargers head coach Mike McCoy and his offense:
“I think the biggest thing is the no-huddle that we’ve done. When you’re at the line of scrimmage a long time, you can snap it with 25 seconds on the play clock or you can run it down to two or three. The longer I can have my eyes on the defense, the better plays [and] the better opportunities that we can all get in. But I think all in all, what Mike did last year was he had a plan. It was very clear he had a plan from day one. We didn’t always agree with it, some of us veterans that have been here a long time, but he was so set on it and it was very clear that he had put this plan together, so we respected it and we bought in. It wasn’t a great year but getting into the postseason for sure was a plus and now we just have to build on that.”
On if he measures himself against two of the other quarterbacks in his draft class, Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger:
“I think it’s just human nature that you compete with your peers, not just only your draft class but all of the quarterbacks. That’s just normally to see where you are with other guys. I don’t 10 years in sit there and look at them and go, ‘Gosh, we have to find a way to win a Super Bowl because Ben and Eli have led their teams to do it.’ So that by no means gives me any more motivation but you certainly know that’s how quarterbacks are judged, that’s how it will always be. When they talk about that draft class is I’m the one of the three that hasn’t led a team to a championship yet but that doesn’t motivate me any more. I don’t know that you can want to win any more than I do and that we do here as a team. But it’s fun to keep up with the guys. I don’t measure week to week who threw for what and how many touchdowns and what the QB rating was, but I do think it’s normal to kind of see where you are with other quarterbacks in the league.”
The general consensus in the Bolts' locker room was that Rivers deserves to be ranked even higher as they consider him to be among the smartest, most talented players in the entire league. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below!