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Mailbag: Philip Rivers for MVP?


Q: Ricky – You agree Philip should finally win NFL MVP this year? – George Randolph

A: Oh absolutely. He's playing out of his mind right now. I've rarely seen him as amped up as he was for the Seahawks game, which is something many of his teammates agreed with. But even with all that extra emotion, he played within himself and had some ridiculous throws. That TD pass to Tyrell Williams was a thing of beauty. This is my seventh season with the Chargers, yet Rivers still finds ways to make me shake my head at what he can do. I've never seen him play as well as he has this year. I'm not going to rattle off all the stats to back me up, as there are too many to name, but he absolutely, unequivocally 100 percent needs to be in the MVP discussion.

Q: You called Mike Davis the most improved Charger and then he starts one week later? You got a crystal ball lol. But why was he starting over Trevor (Williams)? – Stacey Bell

 A: As I noted last week before the Bolts returned from the bye, Davis really has been playing well all year long. That being said, I had no clue he'd be getting the start! He certainly has earned additional playing time, but the decision to start him over Williams is one that Head Coach Anthony Lynn was asked about on Monday. Here's what he said:

"What you see every day in practice. He was getting better and better. Trevor (Williams) is still in the mix as well. He may be in there next week. I wanted to see Michael play and I thought he competed well."

Q: I gotta say my favorite thing to watch each week is MGIII doing his thing. Is there a running back going harder on each run than (Melvin Gordon)? – Pete Padilla

 A: I'm with you all the way, Pete. It really is a sight to behold, as it's near impossible to bring him down these days. He runs so hard and angry, and it galvanizes everyone on the field to see the intensity he brings on each snap. I can't say enough about how much Gordon has improved his game year over year. We are three years removed from his rookie campaign when he didn't find the end zone once, which brought endless questions over the entire offseason about his inability to find pay dirt. Well, now he's in the top three in total touchdowns since that season, and a large part of it has to do with his physical, punishing style of play. I truly do tip my cap to him.

Q: What is your favorite touchdown of the season so far – Noah Cumella

A: I enjoy questions like this…but it's also so tough to choose! Tyrell Williams' triple-coverage touchdown against the Browns is up there, as is his 75-yard score against the Titans. Melvin Gordon has had his fair share of contenders, but my favorite touchdown of the year has to be Mike Williams' against the Rams. The throw by Rivers was absolutely gorgeous, and then Williams' full-extension drive to haul it in while hitting the turf hard – it was just awesome.

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