For the second week in a row, Philip Rivers is nominated for FedEx’s Air Player of the Week.
Even in a frustrating 21-13 loss at the hands of Tom Brady and the Patriots, Rivers came away encouraged by what the team can accomplish over the second half of the season. As with every season that doesn’t end in a postseason berth, Rivers says the hurt doesn’t subside until after the Super Bowl.
In the win over the Raiders, Rivers completed 28 of 37 attempts (75.6-percent) for 387 yards and three scores. The three touchdowns moved his career total to 342, which tied Fran Tarkenton for sixth all-time. Additionally, Rivers became only the ninth player in NFL history to throw for 50,000 passing yards when he connected with Keenan Allen on an 11-yard gain early in the first quarter.
Rivers explained how there is a whole different feeling about the talent on the team heading into this last offseason compared to the past two seasons, and believes the rest of the NFL will take note as well. Perhaps no one was more emphatic than NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
“This is the time to do it,” he said. “I really do think that. Now, you like to do it when you’re picking in the top 10 or five, but to me this would be the time. You don’t need a quarterback to come in and play right away. Rivers is a pro. This guy (who comes in) will get to watch up him up close, and there’s not going to be a quarterback controversy. Now, the Chargers have done the quarterback work over the past few years with workouts, and I expect them to do that this year. So yeah, to me this is perfect timing to get the Los Angeles Chargers jerseys sale guy for the future because you don’t have to play him right away.”
It’s the second time he won the award this season as he was also bestowed with the honor following Week 12’s Thanksgiving win over the Dallas Cowboys. He joins Tom Brady as the only players to win the award multiple times this season.
However, per usual, no one was able to articulate the raw emotion of the season more than Philip Rivers, even if he was wrestling with his own feelings.
As with every season that doesn’t end in a postseason berth, Rivers says the hurt doesn’t subside until after the Super Bowl. His Week 13 Pro Bowl-caliber performance against the Cleveland Browns earned him the nod. Rivers faces stiff competition in Kansas City Chiefs’ Alex Smith and Josh McCown of the New York Jets.
“Well, I don’t know why I’m standing up here like we lost the game; we won the game,” he said. “I thought the guys finished. They played hard. These last 12 weeks we won nine out of 12. I think that showed what type of team we are after starting out 0-4. Disappointing we didn’t make it to the postseason, but we couldn’t control any of that. All we could control is what we did today with the Oakland Raiders. I was proud of the way they came out and fought, and the way they played.”
“I couldn’t participate in the Senior Bowl because I wasn’t able to play,” he said after saying he met with the Bolts. “But I still went down and kind of put my best foot forward with the interview process. So I think that kind of prepared me a little bit for this little more intense, 15-minute formal meetings in the evenings. It’s been good. I feel comfortable explaining myself, articulating myself to evaluators, to coaches. That’s what I’ve done thus far and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”