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What Does the NFL Think of Philip Rivers?


With the 2018 season officially in the books, we're taking a trip around the NFL to see what some noteworthy players, coaches and figures have to say about a few of the Bolts' biggest names.

First up, Philip Rivers.

49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan: "Everyone knows Philip's one of the best quarterbacks in the league. To me, one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. I still think Philip is underrated because I don't think people appreciate him enough on how good he is. There's a reason they're a top offense every single year, regardless of what happens. He's the man."

Rams CB Marcus Peters: "I f----- love Philip Rivers ... I love what he brings to the game. I love that he's a competitor. He loves to compete and he's going to go out there and he's going to make you pull your best out because he's going to come at you. I love playing against him."

Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson: "As far as talking trash, talking smack, Philip is definitely at top of the list for sure, hands down. … He's another one who has that fiery edge. He demands so much out of his teammates that it flows through the team."

Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll: "He's just so smart. You just can't fool the guy. He sees everything. He's got great sense, that's kind of where it starts. But he also has extremely great accuracy. He throws the ball in all kinds of situations, whether he's in trouble or not. … (He's) just hard as it gets."

Broncos OLB Von Miller: "I'm a huge Philip Rivers fan…I've got a whole lot of respect for Philip in his game and I've got a whole lot of respect for him as a person. He's an incredible father, he's incredible on and off the football field, so I've got a lot of respect for Philip."

CBS Commentator Jim Nantz: "There's a lot there to admire, to be honest. It starts with just the man that he is outside of football. He is a tremendous guy in his community. He's a great family man. I admire Philip Rivers an awful lot."

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin: "He's extremely talented. He's a unique competitor. He's just one of those guys, but he needs no endorsement from me. I think we all (in) this business understand who he is and what he's capable of."

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ESPN Analyst Rex Ryan: "He's tough, man. That's the thing you think of. He kicked my butt all over the place the last time we played. He's smart. He's competitive as hell and those are the things that jump out at you. And he's got a great arm. …The other thing he does though is he is so great at recognition – recognizing the blitz and things. And if you give it away, you're coming back to old blitzes; I remember we did that against him, I kept them middle pressure against him, he saw it and just ate me alive."

CBS Commentator Kevin Harlan: "I've got profound respect for Philip as a player, but especially as a person. He's a quality guy. He's a great guy to look up to if you're a young guy looking for stars in this league, and he represents a lot of the good things about the NFL: competitive spirit, good man off the field – a lot to like there."

Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians: "He's just a winner. There are a lot of ways to play the position. He is a classic, drop-back quarterback and, I mean, those are the guys I love coaching."

Patriots CB Jason McCourty: "He just has that 'it' factor. I think when you look at quarterbacks across the league, there's a handful of them that you can pick out and just be like, 'That's a guy I want to go into a game with, go into a season with.' Philip Rivers is one of those guy."

NBC Analyst Chris Simms: "He should be in the MVP conversation for what (he did) this year, what he's brought to this offense. He's extremely aggressive. He's as tough as they come in the pocket. He's always looking for the big play."

Former Charger Shawne Merriman: "That's why the team loves Philip, the fans love Philip - he's just one of those guys that can get you going. He'll always find ways to motivate you and get you going and find a way to be part of the team by getting everybody excited. He's just in the game and he's in the moment. He's not doing anything purposefully, and when feels it, he feels it."

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