COSTA MESA, Calif. — As Philip Rivers prepares for his 16th NFL season, his preseason work is calling reasonably varied — regardless of his need.
Rivers, 37, finest threw 14 passes in the preseason last year and is anticipated to be restricted even extra in 2019. There is even focus on of him sitting out the preseason fully.
“Have to you’ve got got some avid gamers which would maybe be older, established avid gamers — fancy some of ours are — I’m no longer antagonistic to it,” Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt acknowledged Wednesday when requested if they would win say of sitting their veterans out of the preseason.”
Acknowledged Rivers when requested about limiting his reps, “As a competitor, as someone who enjoys remark, it be constantly nerve-racking. You factual about need them to present protection to you out of your self. It could well maybe even make certain. It be primary to search out that splendid recipe so that you just are ready and ready to circulation have faith a huge season, but also to be recent and be tidy.”
The draw clearly labored last season. Rivers played at an MVP level — 32 touchdowns and 4,308 passing yards — and the Chargers (12-4) had their most difficult fable since 2009.
Numbers are gigantic, but the most difficult share for Rivers was once the style he felt. After the season — which led to the AFC Divisional Round — Rivers acknowledged he “felt gigantic” and that limiting his reps sooner than and at some level of the season was once a catalyst for that. Coincidence or no longer, Rivers’ 508 skedaddle attempts in 2018 were his fewest since 2009, the last time the Chargers won better than 12 video games.
Aloof, it be nerve-racking for the workout warrior to tone it down. We’re talking a couple of particular person who commutes over 70 miles from San Diego to Costa Mesa for work each day.
“Have to you focus on reps, he’s constantly been some of the hardest working guys on the crew,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn acknowledged. “When he’s on the market, he works nerve-racking. That’s what makes him some of the difficult — his preparation. He’ll organize the identical, but we factual wish to win some of the bodily toll off of him.
“There is going to be some resistance (to limiting reps), but that is the identical with all gigantic avid gamers.”
The trio of Lynn, Rivers and Whisenhunt is getting into Year 3, so there don’t appear to be many demand marks thru X’s and O’s.
Nonetheless the ever-stubborn Rivers constantly desires to total issues his method — despite the truth that he’s mindful of the device.
“I judge he desires to total all the issues,” Whisenhunt acknowledged. “Nonetheless last year we did a respectable bit of (limiting him) at some level of practicing camp and we are going to maybe cease the identical this year. He started off the season sizzling last year and somewhat a couple of that was once share of the draw.”
If Rivers can dwell on the lengthy summer while preserving his body, the Chargers could presumably perhaps peaceful make a deep postseason bustle.