Philip Rivers Leads the Chargers Comeback

GREAT video of the Chargers’ comeback on Sunday led by Philip Rivers.

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Relatedly, the Washington Post ran this article within the past week analyzing the Chargers-Giants trade that brought Rivers to San Diego.

In the spring of 2004, while holding the top pick in the NFL draft, Smith was rejected by the obvious first choice: quarterback Eli Manning. This happened when Smith called to inquire about the quarterback’s interest in being selected first. Someone in Manning’s party — which included his agent, Tom Condon; his father, Archie, a former star with the New Orleans Saints; and brother Peyton, quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts — told Smith, “Don’t consider us.”

Two years later, Smith has not forgotten this command. Even with his team having clinched the AFC West Division title and with three of the players ultimately acquired from the New York Giants in exchange for Manning headed to the Pro Bowl, Smith still acts as if he had been run over by the entire Manning family.

He repeats those words “don’t consider us,” in a gravelly voice, then shakes his head.

It might be one of the most lopsided trades of all time: Three players headed to this year’s Pro Bowl — Rivers, Merriman and Kaeding — for a quarterback who has been routinely booed by his home fans.

And no one seems to be enjoying this more than Smith. At the time of the trade, he was ridiculed as nothing more than a scout who got his job because he happened to be in the right place as an assistant general manager in San Diego when his friend and mentor, John Butler, died in 2003. Now he is getting his first taste of widespread respect as an NFL executive. He does not hide the scars of the mockery well.

“People say, ‘How do you feel about it?’ ” Smith says of the trade. “I just say ‘I’m very happy with it. And [the Giants] are very happy with it. And Tom Condon is very happy with it. And Archie Manning and Olivia [Manning] and Cooper [Manning] and Peyton and Eli, they’re all happy. We’re all happy people. I’m just glad that we’re all happy. It’s nice to have everybody happy.”

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23 Responses to Philip Rivers Leads the Chargers Comeback

  1. BoKnowsNCS71 12/27/2006 at 10:01 AM #

    PR — My pick for Superbowl MVP.

  2. highonlowe 12/27/2006 at 10:22 AM #

    The superbowl depends on the playcalling. Marty is notoriously conservative but if they cut loose and don’t shut the offense down in the 4th, I don’t think anyone can beat them

  3. Rick 12/27/2006 at 11:13 AM #

    That was an incredible ending.
    The announcers kept talking about the “mistakes” the rookei quarterback was making when he was wasting time. They sure shut up when he hit the long pass to win it.
    I was waiting for them to criticize him for leavign too much time on the clock. They were idiots.

  4. 98st8 12/27/2006 at 11:21 AM #

    ^Rick, couldn’t agree more. They were all over him about the clock mgmt, then he hits the long pass…then they say “that’s why he is going to the pro bowl”

  5. packbackr04 12/27/2006 at 11:36 AM #

    rick and 98^^ yeah the announcers were all over him all game. and then he puts up that beautiful pass. those talking heads were Bush league, how about getting on the chargers O line for not allowing rivers the time to get set??? oh no, it was rivers inexperience that was the problem. If he cant make a 3 step drop before he is geting rushed, it is hard for any QB to get it going. and as SFN’s earlier thread so adequately said “its all about W’s” he didnt play a great game, and he will no doubt have to step it up to make a run in the playoffs, but it was a great finish. PR never gave up , and he put the the chargers in a position to win in the end.

  6. GoldenChain 12/27/2006 at 11:52 AM #

    Rivers is the real deal, even when he doesn’t play his best he still finds a way to win (like he has the last two weeks).
    Finally gets the start, takes the Bolts to their best record ever, and gets the start in the ProBowl.
    I guess dreams still can come true.

  7. Clarksa 12/27/2006 at 12:11 PM #

    They kept saying Rivers didn’t have control of the situation…it looked to me like vintage Rivers and that everyone else (including LT) had problems getting lined up.

  8. packof81 12/27/2006 at 12:21 PM #

    “Finally gets the start, takes the Bolts to their best record ever, and gets the start in the ProBowl.”

    But what do the commentators say? They go on about the inexperience until he shuts ’em up by winning the game with a crucial play. This has been a pattern all season. He’s lead his team to victory time after time. The commentators just don’t get it.

  9. Girlfriend in a Coma 12/27/2006 at 1:09 PM #

    If he had spiked the ball they would have slammed him for wasting downs. Once these idiot announcers arrive at a “theme,” they never shut the fuck up about it. For some reason the “theme” of the moment was PR being rattled. He looked the opposite of rattled to me.

  10. WTNY 12/27/2006 at 1:20 PM #

    You know, sometimes criticism is warranted. The Chargers, including Rivers, didn’t manage the clock as well as they should have at the end of the game. Turns out it didn’t hurt them because of a good route, poor coverage, good poise, and a great throw. That wasn’t some great all-time comeback. Nice win for the Chargers, nice win for Rivers and some good experience in a hostile environment. Hope they do well in the playoffs.

  11. newt 12/27/2006 at 1:44 PM #

    Like other plays, spiking the ball has pluses and minuses. It lets the defense collect themselves as well as the offense. Spike the ball and you probably don’t get that wide open receiver.

  12. choppack1 12/27/2006 at 1:51 PM #

    “The announcers kept talking about the “mistakes” the rookei quarterback was making when he was wasting time. They sure shut up when he hit the long pass to win it.
    I was waiting for them to criticize him for leavign too much time on the clock. They were idiots.”

    I noted to the folks I was watching the game w/ that the criticism of Rivers on the last drive was a little over the top. However, they did admit he proved them wrong. I do think that Rivers could have managed the clock more effectively up to that point, but you know what, he made the play when he had to, so that’s that.

  13. BoKnowsNCS71 12/27/2006 at 1:59 PM #

    Maybe it’s not a new thing, but I noticed a lot more lately that the annnouncers in college and pro ball start talking, interviewing visitors, etc and completely ignore large parts of the game.

    They get so focused on chit chat and their own conversations while some guy is breaking a 20-yard run only to respond saying –“……another first down” Most of the time the chatter is useless prattle.

    They did this in some big games so its not just the boring ones. It is annoying

  14. highonlowe 12/27/2006 at 1:59 PM #

    I didn’t get to see the game but I read the writeup.
    From the SD-Union Tribune:
    Schottenheimer and Rivers defended the Chargers’ clock management on Sunday’s final drive, which drew criticism on the CBS broadcast. “We didn’t want to spike it,” Schottenheimer said. “We felt like he (Rivers) had a little bit of rhythm and to spike the ball and give everybody a chance to calm down may have worked to our disadvantage. So we went ahead and kept going with it.”

  15. packbackr04 12/27/2006 at 2:09 PM #

    I am with WTNY^^ i am a rivers fan. so lets get that out there.

    no, he didnt have a great game, but he is a winner. he kept the team close, didnt make dumb mistakes and then capitolized when the opportunity presented itself. what more could you ask for???? i will take that game by rivers and a WIN!!! over a 400 yard day with 4 TDs and a LOSS. that is something the announcers Dont get…. he WON the football game, and as i said in my post above, that is all that matters.. Who cares what his QB rating is? who cares the clock managment could have been done better? the game was on the line and he made a play. HE WON THE GAME! which is the ultimate goal in football is it not?

    Id like to know how the G men feel about their draft day trade now??? Eli for Rivers, Merriman, and Kaeding???? they are fools. Do you think they want it back now?

  16. geojim1990 12/27/2006 at 3:09 PM #

    I disagree that Rivers displayed poor clock management during that last drive. Keeping in mind the SD Union Tribune quote from Shottenheimer provided by highonlowe (^), the Chargers scored that TD with 29 sec. left on the clock. 29 seconds is not cutting-it-close considering that Seattle then only needed a field-goal to tie it up. If you are a confused rookie QB then that drive probably would have been poor time management. However, if you know that you are an excellent student of the game who is not confused & has a firm grasp of the situation (Rivers) then it was all methodical & skillful. If you are Shottenheimer & you also believe this about your QB then you let him keep controling the situation. I know Rivers skill & confidence so I choose to believe that the drive was methodical & skillful. &, the newspaper quote above provides confirmation as to the Shottenheimer end of my rational (unless he was embellishing his version to the paper in order to look good).

  17. Girlfriend in a Coma 12/27/2006 at 3:48 PM #

    The sports “media” are the least knowledgable and worst at their jobs of any profesisonal group, period. Once they get some stupid thought in their heads they can’t think or talk about anything else.

  18. packbackr04 12/27/2006 at 4:01 PM #

    GF in coma^ i would agree, with the exception of your local weatherperson. they are the only people who can be habitually wrong and still keep their jobs, but i would say the sports media types are the next worse at their respective jobs. they have no knowledge of what they are babbling on and on about.

  19. dthompson44 12/27/2006 at 4:12 PM #

    great drive, great footage, and some egg-faced announcers at the end!
    But that music was just over the top….

  20. wirogers 12/27/2006 at 4:41 PM #

    I remember times at State that PR looked disorganized, normally it was him making sure everyone else was going in the right direction.

    That is what I saw as I watched the game, my 89 year old grandma was the one that muted the TV, she was tired of the annoucers crap.

    This looked like the same PR we saw at State for 4-years.

  21. Cardiff Giant 12/28/2006 at 11:33 AM #

    That was vintage Philip. He was lined up correctly and was clearly yelling at LT to do the same. The pass was freaking perfect.

    Forget the annnouncers. They are idiots.

  22. tractor57 12/28/2006 at 11:39 AM #

    Phillip never looked confused to me and as I was watching the clip I was thinking they decided not to spike the ball. The whole process looked very familiar. Phillip Rivers is special (maybe Eli is also but if I had a choice I would take PR).


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