Philip Rivers was one of the most productive quarterbacks in the league from 2008 through 2010. He averaged 30 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions to go with about 4,300 passing yards. After a couple of down years, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy thinks Rivers can be that good again and that he can be even better in one department: completion percentage. McCoy told Sports Illustrated's Peter King that if Rivers trusts McCoy's system, a bigger diet of short passes will help Rivers complete 70 percent of his throws this season. Rivers' career high in completion percentage is 66.0.
Many of Rivers' 35 interceptions these past two seasons have come on heaves down the field, putting the ball up for grabs with no real hope of success. That won't happen as much with McCoy now at the helm, and it should mean we see Rivers make smarter throws and not be so turnover-prone.
I am still a Rivers supporter, and not because I live close to San Diego. I think he is a really good player who has just made way too many senseless decisions in recent seasons. I think McCoy is going to get him on the right track. Plus, Danario Alexander looked like a No. 1 WR last year. Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown are both healthy. Keenan Allen was a steal in the draft, and tight end Antonio Gates has a couple of good years left in him. I just don't see how Rivers can fail with that supporting cast. He will be one of my favorite QB2 choices in drafts.