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per NFL.com

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/philip-rivers-free-agency-colts-finalizing-a-deal-with-rivers-as-one-of-top-qbs-goes-off-the-market/

Philip Rivers free agency: Colts finalizing a deal with Rivers as one of top QBs goes off the market

Rivers is heading to the Colts after 16 seasons with the Chargers

The Indianapolis Colts are finalizing a deal with Philip Rivers to be their next quarterback, per CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Indianapolis has been linked to Rivers for some time and the 38-year old quarterback has found his new home. 

Rivers would be reunited with Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, who spent five seasons as an offensive assistant with the Los Angeles Chargers, who Rivers played for from 2004 to 2019. Colts coach Frank Reich was the offensive coordinator for two seasons with the Chargers, spending three total years with Rivers in San Diego. 

Reich was the Chargers' quarterbacks coach in 2013, when Rivers led the NFL by completing 69.5% of his passes, the highest completion percentage of his career. Along with throwing for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns that season, Rivers also took care of the football, throwing just 11 interceptions while earning Pro Bowl honors. 

Rivers will join a Colts team that faded down the stretch last season, going 2-7 in their last nine games. The past five games were particularly bad for the Colts defense, as they gave up 30-plus points in four of the last five games, allowing 29.4 points per game during the stretch. 

 

Part of the Colts struggles were also on Jacoby Brissett, who started 15 games, going 7-8 in his starts while completing 60.2% of his passes for 2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions for an 88.0 passer rating. Brissett didn't throw a touchdown pass nor for over 200 yards in his last three games played, finishing with a passer rating lower than 70 on all three occurrences. 

Brissett's struggles forced the Colts to look elsewhere for their starting quarterback, especially after Andrew Luck's stunning retirement last August and with he Colts missing the playoffs in four of the past five seasons. 

In his final season with the Chargers, Rivers completed 66% of his passes for 4,615 yards with 23 touchdowns and he played all 16 games for the 14th consecutive season. While Rivers finished fourth in the NFL in passing yards, he finished third in the NFL with 20 interceptions and had an 88.5 passer rating. His touchdown percentage of 3.9 was his lowest since becoming the Chargers starting quarterback in 2006 and his adjusted net yards gained per pass attempt (7.1) was his lowest since 2012. 

Rivers is currently sixth all-time with 59,271 passing yards and sixth in touchdowns (397). His 224 consecutive regular season starts are the second-most all time. 

 
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1 minute ago, jetspenguin said:

good for him...he deserves a chance to see what it is like playing for a team with a legit shot

Eh, this is a bit of an insane post. 

He was 14-2 (#1 overall seed) in his first full season and his team choked against an inferior Pats team in the 2006 divisional playoff round. (Classic Marty game)

He was 13-3 in 2009 (#2 overall seed) and his team choked against Rex and Co in the divisional playoff round. 

He was 12-4 two years ago with one of the hottest teams in the league, but forgot to show up in New England for the divisional round playoff game. His team got embarrassed. 

The reality is that he hasn't established himself as a great QB in the biggest games. 

 

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48 minutes ago, slimjasi said:

Eh, this is a bit of an insane post. 

He was 14-2 (#1 overall seed) in his first full season and his team choked against an inferior Pats team in the 2006 divisional playoff round. (Classic Marty game)

He was 13-3 in 2009 (#2 overall seed) and his team choked against Rex and Co in the divisional playoff round. 

He was 12-4 two years ago with one of the hottest teams in the league, but forgot to show up in New England for the divisional round playoff game. His team got embarrassed. 

The reality is that he hasn't established himself as a great QB in the biggest games. 

 

Marty tells defensive backs, "If you get a turnover, just go down"

Defensive back picks off Brady.   Runs around like an idiot and fumbles, Pats get ball back and win.   Not really Rivers' or Marty's fault.

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13 minutes ago, chirorob said:

Marty tells defensive backs, "If you get a turnover, just go down"

Defensive back picks off Brady.   Runs around like an idiot and fumbles, Pats get ball back and win.   Not really Rivers' or Marty's fault.

Ok, he still didn't win the game when it was there for the taking and that still doesn't make the post I was replying to make any more sense. The point is that he has had several opportunities to win big on some very good teams (with first round byes and home playoff games) and hasn't gotten the job done. 

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