Jul 24, 2010
I have been meaning to get to the poll results on the site from earlier this month on Charger QB Philip Rivers, and before I forget, let me chime in on the findings.
First up, here’s the question, in case you forgot:
Would you still draft Rivers in the 4th or 5th round right now given the Vincent Jackson situation?
And from over 2000 votes, here are the responses:
Yes, he’s an excellent player 49% (1073)
No, the situation is too scary 28% (618)
I might consider it 23% (511)
So basically, 50% of the voters would not draft him or would only consider drafting him. I guess “consider” is a broad word, but 50% of the respondents having serious concerns is quite a precipitous fall for Rivers, who would have likely commanded a 95% positive vote had he not had this issue with WR Vincent Jackson and LT Marcus McNeil.
I asked Greg Cosell for his opinion about the Rivers situation on the radio yesterday and he expressed some serious concerns over the potential loss of Jackson. Not only does Rivers lose a major playmaker and security blanket in Jackson – who is both a downfield threat and a huge, physical target – it could really change the way teams defend TE Antonio Gates and WR Malcom Floyd. Gates is a stud who should be able to handle anything, but Floyd’s a little unproven, and very unproven as a #1 WR. If Floyd is contained, Rivers’ options in the passing game are severely limited. There’s really no one else, unless Legedu Naanee really steps up. And of course if McNeil, their LT, holds out then Rivers’ chances will be hurt even further.
These issues could potentially all go away in a month or so (but Jackson’s out three games no matter what), but right now it sure doesn’t seem that way. If things get ugly here, we could see Rivers revert to his spastic ways, which worries me. He’s come a long way the last two years and he’s been fantastic. But back in 2006 and 2007, his inconsistent and frenetic play was maddening at times.
It’s a pretty deep group at QB this year, so right now I want no part of Phil Rivers.
The other question is, how does this affect RB Ryan Mathews? On one hand, he should be even more important to their offense, but a poor passing could potentially slow Mathews down. I’m not ready to move him down because of these issues, but that could change in August.