Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt open to Philip Rivers, Tyrod Taylor playing at the same time
The Los Angeles Chargers managed to shore up some depth under center this offseason behind quarterback Philip Rivers with the addition of quarterback Tyrod Taylor. This has given offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt an opportunity to potentially mix things up on offense.
Taylor is slated to be Rivers’ backup going into the 2019 NFL season. According to ESPN’s Eric Williams, Whisenhunt is open to playing both quarterbacks at the same time:
“That’s always a possibility. I think a lot of it is determined by how our personnel shakes out in general. We definitely wouldn’t be afraid to do that, but right now Tyrod has to learn this offense.”
The prospect of both Rivers and Taylor being on the field at the same time is undoubtedly an intriguing one. Making a two-quarterback offense effective comes with its own set of challenges; however, it could also be effective is used in the right circumstances.
Although Taylor enters the year as a backup, he has still proven himself to be a competent starter throughout his career. While there may be concerns about his accuracy, his rocket arm and explosive athleticism make him too valuable of a weapon to keep on the sidelines all season. His skill set as a dual-threat quarterback had obviously drawn interest from the Chargers this offseason, and it would make sense for them to put it use while they have him.
It is no secret that Rivers has long been in the final stretch of his career. The Chargers’ championship window has started to close with each season. They can no longer afford to hold anything back if they hope to compete for a championship while Rivers is still playing.