Chargers Are Benching Philip Rivers
The LA Chargers are benching Philip Rivers sooner rather than later.
Rivers, 37, is one of the greatest quarterbacks of his generation and synonymous with the Chargers, but his time as a team starter is reaching its conclusion.
Los Angeles currently finds itself 4-8 on the year, good for last place in the mostly weak AFC West.
On Sunday the Chargers lost 23-20 to a terrible Denver Broncos team playing with a rookie quarterback. All eight of those losses have been by seven or fewer points.
After a 12-win season last year many suggested that LA might be Super Bowl-bound, but instead the team regressed – badly.
Midway through the first quarter of the Denver game, Rivers through his lone interception of the game. It was his eighth pick in roughly nine quarters of action.
So far Rivers has thrown 15 interceptions for the year.
On Sunday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that if Rivers’ poor play continued, the team would ultimately bench him.
“If Rivers offers a repeat poor performance, he could get benched,” he wrote, before adding “if Rivers’ play warrants, they will insert backup Tyrod Taylor.”
Between Rivers’ performance this season and the team’s overall lack of success, it is clear that a change of some sort needs to be made.
And more than likely – that change will involve Rivers.