San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers can see the writing on the wall. All the experts and critics are saying that he’s done after committing 47 turnovers over the last 2 seasons.
Rivers has gone from Pro Bowl caliber to having some question whether or not he should simply retire. Rivers doesn’t feel that way, and during a conversation with USA Today, says “his best days are still ahead of him.”
“I think my best football is ahead of me, I really do,” Rivers said. “That’s being optimistic, because we’ve had a lot of really good years. I am probably on the second half of my career, the back end, but I think I’ve got a lot of good football left.
“To me, the bad is always magnified (more) than the good, and there has been some bad. But there has been a heck of a lot of good.”
Rivers is playing for a new regime now, and he feels reinvigorated. He doesn’t have to return to a Pro Bowl level necessarily, but he’s aware that he can just turn the ball over on a regular basis either.
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“Poor throws are things that happen,” Rivers said. “It doesn’t mean they’re OK, but it happens. And then the others ones are, ‘Was that a poor decision? Was it a careless mistake?’ Those are the ones I really focus on. There haven’t been as many as you would think.
“Now I’m not clearing me of fault in the others — you’re going to the right guy and the ball gets tipped, those things happen. But the (bad decisions) can’t happen and the others (bad throws), we’ve had too many of those, and those have cost us.”