COSTA MESA, Calif. — Philip Rivers is being one of the best seasons as a master, and among the greatest quarterbacks to ever play recently given some investigation.
The win ended the Chargers’ nine-game losing streak to the Chiefs, also that is the attention of the latest installment of the ESPN+ series Detail with all the .
Rivers did not play with a clean game.
But Manning gave Rivers credit for overcoming those ancient mistakes and making some clutch cries to end the game.
The unorthodox throwing motion
Manning points out that while Rivers’ throwing motion is a bit unusual (at one point he compares a Rivers’ release to preceding Kansas City Royals pitcher Dan Quisenberry)it works.
“I am only going to discuss it ” Manning explained. “Rivers comes with another style than a lot of other quarterbacks, however the point is it willn’t matter; it works for him. It’s effective, and they is able to make every one of the shouts.”
Manning continued to mention every throwing motion is different, noting that his dad Archie Manning and Ken Stabler were such as Rivers, casting with a threequarter motion, while players such as Johnny Unitas and Jim Kelly hauled over the surface.
Manning even continued his analogy to quarterbacks from the films, imagining that Shane Falco at”The Replacements” (played by Keanu Reeves) threw differently than 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 than Willie Beamen (played by Jamie Foxx) at”Any Given Sunday.”
Manning’s verdict? Throwing motions are like snowflakes — no two are alike — and Rivers’ unorthodox throwing motion is effective. Rivers’ throwing motion may be hereditary, as his son Gunner looks similar.
“I really don’t care how you throw it,” Manning explained. “Can the ball get there? Is it true? Do you really make very good decisions? Could you put decent touch on the ball? Rivers can do all of those things”
Rivers the runner?
Manning kind of chuckled at that on the Chargers fourth offensive play of the game, the Chiefs maintained the bottom end at home incase Rivers faked the hand off and retained it upon the zone read.
Why would Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston stay home? Because Rivers actually kept the ball and ran it a week earlier against the Cincinnati Bengals, although he gained only 2 yards on the drama.
“What I predict that’s a tendency breaker,” Manning explained. “Do it every 4 years in the event that you would like to, but only get out it every now and then that Rivers could keep the ball. That keeps the defensive end honest.”
Manning continued to say that he used to help keep the ball every so often on a naked boot leg that will lead to a significant drama, including this 33-yard touchdown run in 2001 against the Buffalo Bills when playing for its Indianapolis Colts.
I inquired Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn if Rivers was any faster running the zone in practice than in the game against the Bengals.
“No, about the same,” Lynn chuckled.
Rivers has an overall total of 579 rushing yards in 15 seasons, so the 37-year-old signalcaller isn’t exactly Steve Young out there.
Trade-mark Rivers on game-winning driveway
The final driveway that led to the Chargers’ victory was a microcosm of Rivers’ NFL career.
It was not picture perfect, but Rivers completed passes in critical moments, including a fantastic anticipatory throw to Travis Benjamin on upside down to keep the drive alive.
In addition, he showed toughness, carrying a helmet-to-helmet hit from Kansas City linebacker Dorian O’Daniel that wasn’t called.
But as Manning points out, it is the final two plays with the game that reveal Rivers in his very best.
On the touchdown with 4 minutes left, Rivers makes a precisionback shoulder throw on a fade route to Mike Williams where only the big-bodied receiver can get to it.
Subsequently, around the TwoPoint conversion to win it, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt brings the same drama the Chargers dialed up on the first touchdown of the game to Williams, turning the formation to the ideal side. Whisenhunt also adds motion across the formation by Benjamin so that the Chiefs do not detect it’s the exact identical play.
The movement induces confusion between Kansas City defensive backs Kendall Fuller and Orlando Scandrick, together with both of these sticking together with Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams popping loose for perhaps his easiest touchdown of his NFL career.
“Delightful job by Rivers implementing a high-value drill,” Manning explained. “A fourth-and-7, a TwoPoint conversion to win it, with a hostile audience against a division opponent. Awesome job. Merry Christmas.”