Philip Rivers Heading To Panthers, Eli Manning To Bears
Philip Rivers is heading to the Panthers, Eli Manning to the Bears. At least those are the teams they are most likely to end up on come 2020.
Coming into this season expectations were high for Rivers and the Chargers. A lot of people expected them to make a dark horse bid for the Super Bowl.
Ultimately, things did not go according to plan.
LA is currently 5-9 through 14 games and Rivers has been pretty underwhelming from start to finish. Thus far, the 38-year-old has thrown 21 touchdowns and turned the bull over 21 times in 14 games.
Beyond that, Rivers does not seem to particularly like living in Los Angeles. He never relocated his family after the move from San Diego and has not bothered trying to endear himself to the team’s new fans.
Chargers head coach was recently pressed on Rivers’ future with the team, and he appeared to be non-committal.
“My future is right now and this Sunday,” Lynn said.
“I don’t have time to think about the future. I hope his concentration and focus is on the present as well.”
The Chargers are said to be interested in stealing Tom Brady away from the Patriots this year. Whether that happens or not, it appears as though Rivers’ time with the organization is coming to an end.
So where would he go?
Well, don’t sleep on the Carolina Panthers.
There is no telling whether Cam Newton will ever be able to return to his MVP-caliber level. Kyle Allen started the year off strong, but he has cooled considerably since then. Unless Will Grier shows something truly special before the year ends, the Panthers will be in the market for a veteran passer.
Rivers would fit the bill. The offense would suit him well and he is familiar with the area having played at North Carolina State University before becoming a pro.
Manning, 38, finds himself in something of a similar situation. His time with the New York Giants essentially came to an end the moment Daniel Jones got the nod to start over him.
Sure, he has had the opportunity to play with Jones out – but that will end soon. Next year, if he wants to play, he will have to go elsewhere.
Where could Manning go? Chicago would be an obvious choice.
Mitch Trubisky proved once and for all this year that he is not capable of taking a championship-caliber team to the next level. The Bears’ defense was built to win a Super Bowl this year. The only reason they are missing the postseason is because of how inept the offense has been.
Is that some of that due to coaching? Sure. Can bad coaching be overcome by a war time quarterback? Yes.
Manning was never a top-tier quarterback in the NFL, but he proved on two occasions that he knew how to take championship-caliber teams to the promise land.
Is Rivers to Carolina a lock? No. Is Manning to Chicago a guarantee? It is not. But the odds are good that at least one of those two scenarios will come to fruition come next season.