Nov 012012
 

Last week: 8 (-7)

Record: 3-4

I’m not sure this is the same Philip Rivers anymore. I thought his high turnover rate from 2011 was an outlier and that he’d bounce back, especially since he played so much better in the 2nd half of last season (14 interceptions in games 1-8 and 6 in games 9-16). After all, Eli Manning threw 25 picks in 2010 and he didn’t have such a bad 2011.

However, Rivers’ struggles seem to have carried over into this season. Not only has his turnover rate remained the same, but his YPA of 6.8 YPA is a career low and down over a whole yard per play from his “disappointing 2011.” He doesn’t look like the same player as he was from 2006-2010. Some of the blame falls on his supporting cast. The Chargers have 10 draft picks in the first 3 rounds in the last 3 years and only 2 of them have been used on offensive players, including one, Vincent Brown, who is currently out with an injury (the other is Ryan Mathews). At the same time, no late round picks from those 3 drafts have stepped up and become starters offensively.

Meanwhile, they’ve let key offensive players like Vincent Jackson and Darren Sproles walk out the door without replacing them and key cogs in this offense from Rivers’ heyday like Marcus McNeill, Kris Dielman, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Antonio Gates are either retired or not playing at nearly the same level, without being properly replaced. Some of the blame can fall on Rivers himself, however. In his age 31 season, he doesn’t seem to be the same player, for whatever reason. However, the Chargers always finish strong and in the weak AFC, you can’t count them out.

Studs

LG Tyronne Green: Did not allow a pressure on 35 pass block snaps, run blocked for 13 yards on 3 attempts

RT Jeromey Clary: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 35 pass block snaps, run blocked for 20 yards on 5 attempts

RB Ronnie Brown: Caught 7 catches for 85 yards on 8 attempts, rushed for 17 yards (7 after contact) on 4 carries

FS Eric Weddle: Did not allow a completion on 1 attempt, 6 solo tackles, 1 assist, 3 stops

MLB Donald Butler: 7 solo tackles, 2 assist, 5 stops, 1 missed tackle, 1 quarterback hit on 6 blitzes, was not thrown on

P Mike Scifres: 6 punts for 279 yards, 4 inside 20, 2 returns for 7 yards, 45.3 net yards per punt

Duds

LT Jared Gaither: Allowed 1 quarterback hit and 3 quarterback hurries on 35 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 12 yards on 5 attempts

WR Robert Meachem: Did not catch a pass on 3 attempts on 34 pass snaps, 2 drops

TE Antonio Gates: Caught 2 passes for 14 yards on 4 attempts on 35 pass snaps, 0.5 YAC per catch, 1 drop

SS Atari Bigby: Allowed 2 catches for 23 yards on 4 attempts, 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops, 4 missed tackle

CB Antoine Cason: Allowed 5 catches for 45 yards on 7 attempts, 3 solo tackles, 2 missed tackles

LE Vaughn Martin: Did not record a pressure on 23 pass rush snaps, 1 assist, 1 penalty

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