COSTA MESA, Calif. — Philip Rivers is having one of the best seasons as a pro, and one of the best quarterbacks to ever play recently given some analysis.
The win ended the Chargers’ nine-game losing streak into the Chiefs, also is the focus on the latest installment of the ESPN+ series Detail with all the .
Rivers didn’t play with a clean game.
But Manning gave Rivers credit for overcoming those early mistakes and making some clutch cries to end the game.
The unorthodox throwing motion
Manning points out that though Rivers’ throwing motion is a bit unusual (at one point he compares a Rivers’ release to former Kansas City Royals pitcher Dan Quisenberry), it works.
“I’m only going to discuss it ” Manning said. “Rivers comes with another style compared to many other quarterbacks, but the point is it does not matter: It works for him. It’s effective, and he could make most the throws.”
Manning went on to say that every throwing motion differs, noting that his father Archie Manning and Ken Stabler were such as Rivers, throwing with a threequarter motion, while players such as Johnny Unitas and Jim Kelly hauled over the surface.
Manning even continued his analogy into quarterbacks in the films, imagining that Shane Falco at”The Replacements” (played by Keanu Reeves) withdrew differently compared to at Reno Hightower (played by Kurt Russell) at”The Best of Times,” or Seth Maxwell at”North Dallas Forty” (played by Mac Davis) hauled it differently compared to Willie Beamen (played by Jamie Foxx) at”Any Given Sunday.”
The verdict of manning? Rivers’ throwing motion could be hereditary, because his son Gunner looks similar.
“I don’t care how it,” Manning said. “Does the chunk get there? Is it accurate? Do you really make decisions that are very good? Would you put decent touch on the ball? Rivers may do all those ideas .”
Rivers the runner?
Manning sort of chuckled at that on the Chargers’ fourth offensive play of the game, the Chiefs kept the bottom end athome incase Rivers faked the handoff and kept it upon the zone read.
Because Rivers actually kept the ball and ran a week before the Cincinnati Bengals, although he gained only 2 metres on the play.
“What I predict that’s a tendency breaker,” Manning said. “Can it every 4 years if you want to, but only get out it every now and that Rivers could continue to keep the chunk. This keeps the defensive end honest.”
Manning went on to say that he used to keep the ball every so often on a naked bootleg which could cause a huge play, for example this 33-yard touchdown run in 2001 contrary to the Buffalo Bills whilst playing for the Indianapolis Colts.
I inquired Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn if Rivers was any faster running the zone in training compared at the game against the Bengals.
“No, a comparable,” Lynn chuckled.
Rivers has a total of 579 rushing yards in 15 seasons, so the 37-year-old signal-caller isn’t exactly Steve Young out there.
Trade Mark Rivers on game-winning driveway
The final drive that led to the Chargers’ success was a microcosm of’ Rivers’ NFL career.
It wasn’t picture perfect, but Rivers completed passes in critical minutes, including a fantastic anticipatory throw into Travis Benjamin on upside down to keep the drive alive.
He also showed toughness, taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Kansas City linebacker Dorian O’Daniel which wasn’t called.
But as Manning points out, this really is the final two plays with the game which show Rivers in his best.
On the touchdown with 4 minutes left, Rivers makes a precision, back shoulder throw a fade route to Mike Williams, where only the big-bodied receiver may get to it.
Then, about the two point conversion to acquire it, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt brings back the same play the Chargers dialed upon the first touchdown of the game to Williams, turning the formation to the ideal side. Whisenhunt additionally adds motion across the formation by Benjamin and so the Chiefs don’t detect it’s the exact identical play.
The movement induces confusion between Kansas City defensive springs Kendall Fuller and Orlando Scandrick, with both of them staying with Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams popping loose for perhaps his easiest touchdown of his NFL career.
“Wonderful job by Rivers executing a high-value drill,” Manning said. “A fourth-and-7, a two point conversion to acquire it, with a hostile audience against a division opponent. Great job. Merry Xmas.”