San Diego Chargers Positional Analysis: Quarterbacks

Charlie Whitehurst: Thy role is depth. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)


Losses: Billy Volek

Additions: Charlie Whitehurst, Jarrett Lee

Returning: Philip Rivers

Projected Starters: Philip Rivers

Strengths:

  • Experience: No one knows the offense better than Rivers and Whitehurst better have learned something holding that clipboard for years.
  • Level of play: Unless 2011 was a new baseline for Rivers, he's an upper echelon QB capable of both putting teams away by scoring nearly at will or making great comebacks with his playmaking abilities.
  • Leadership: Rivers, El Capitan, has been known to make offensive lines and receiver play better than their capabilities would suggest.
  • Health: Rivers doesn't miss games. Whitehurst stayed healthy enough to carry the clipboard week in and week out.


Weaknesses:

  • Depth: There's only one Philip Rivers. This is only a weakness because the dropoff is so high from #1 to #2. Also, the 3rd string QB is an undrafted free agent signing who didn't look very good in college.
  • Speed: Rivers is not known for his scrambling ability.
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