I didn't get the chance to watch Saturday's game until Sunday evening. I took notes. There was one note that I took that I felt bad about, but kept looking at. I would add more to it and feel even worse. I knew I'd be hated for it, and I hated myself for it. So let's get that one out of the way first.
Philip Rivers' Slow Starts: I know. He went 18/28 for 198 yards and 2 TDs. That's not why he's here. Philip is here because it's time we all stop coddling him and start giving him at least a smidgen of the blame for last season. Philip Rivers gets off to slow starts in most of the Chargers games. I brought this up on the High Boltage Radio show on 8/20, but you already know that because you all listen religiously...right?
Maybe it's Norv and the playcall, which I think is where this blame is usually laid, but Rivers seems like a different QB in the beginning of games. His footwork is shaky and he seems to rush everything. Saturday night's game was a very good example of what I saw repeatedly last season. Rivers started the game completing 3 of his first 7 pass attempts. The first of those was a ridiculous Malcom Floyd catch that should've never been thrown or caught, and should've actually been intercepted twice.
Let's pretend that Floyd play never happened, and here's the next 6 pass attempts from El Capitan:
- 1st & 10: 7 yard pass to Randy McMichael
- 2nd & 3: Incomplete Pass
- 3rd & 3: Incomplete Pass
- 1st & 10: 7 yard pass to Mike Tolbert
- 3rd & 2: Incomplete Pass
- 3rd & 6: Interception