According to San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, he doesn’t need to be fixed.
“The thing that’s gotten to me this off-season is, ‘Who’s going to fix Philip?’” Rivers told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “That phrase, I almost laugh it off. That drives me nuts, really.”
Rivers, the fourth overall pick of the 2004 draft, has had his two worst years since 2007 over the last two seasons. Rivers went 338-of-527 for 3,606 yards with 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last season, but the Chargers are used to bigger numbers from Rivers. The 26 touchdowns was the least Rivers has thrown since that ’07 season and that includes a 34-touchdown season in 2008.
The biggest complaint about Rivers has been the Chargers lack of team success. After making the playoffs from 2006-2009, the Chargers haven’t been in the postseason since.
“Last year was the first losing season I’ve ever been a part of,” Rivers told Farmer “You feel like you let down so many people. You realize that your play affects so many people’s lives. You’ve got to be careful trying to think about that often because that’s too much. But it’s the truth. It’s a tough business.”
Rivers thinks he’s been more successful than most pundits and critics, but is still winning to take some of the blame for the team’s lack of success.
“There’s no question I’m responsible for some of the plays and some of the games we haven’t won. I’m not going to shy away from that. But we can go sit in there and watch a lot of tape from last year, and I’ll ask you, ‘What do you want to fix?’ It’s just about eliminating some of the bad plays.”
Rivers and the Chargers wrap up the preseason against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday. They’ll open the regular season in the final game of week one, a Monday Night Football showdown with the Houston Texans. Kickoff is at 10:15 EST and the game will be on ESPN.