Philip Rivers isn’t deaf. He’s heard the critics. He knows he’s turned the ball over an eye-popping 47 times over the last two seasons.
But one thing is for certain: He doesn’t feel like he needs to be “fixed,” as so many experts have suggested this offseason.
“The thing that’s gotten to me this offseason is, ‘Who’s going to fix Philip?'” Rivers told The Los Angeles Times. “That phrase, I almost laugh it off. That drives me nuts, really.
“There’s no question I’m responsible for some of the plays and some of the games we haven’t won. I’m not going to shy away from that. But we can go sit in there and watch a lot of tape from last year, and I’ll ask you, ‘What do you want to fix?’ It’s just about eliminating some of the bad plays.”
The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback has had a decorated career outside of some subpar seasons playing behind and ailing offensive line. Rivers was sacked an AFC-worst 49 times in 2012 and the pressure from the opposing defenses has led to several of the turnovers.
Oh yeah, he hasn’t had the best of luck, being a part of a team that doesn’t retain elite talent. Just a season ago, the former Chargers regime allowed veteran wide receiver Vincent Jackson to walk. Instead A.J. Smith and Co. decided to bring in Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem, who is a likely candidate to be cut this weekend.
Rivers hasn’t had much better luck this preseason, but new head coach Mike McCoy is doing his best to install an offense that allows his QBs to make high-percentage throws to extend drives and ultimately put points on the board.