Chargers QB Philip Rivers feels more comfortable in 2nd season in LA
In the first season following the move to Los Angeles, the Chargers had a bit of a rollercoaster-type year that saw them narrowly miss out on reaching the playoffs after picking up steam in the second half of the campaign.
With a full campaign under his belt in new surroundings, Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers has voiced that he believes he will much more comfortable that could lead to a strong start to the 2018 season (h/t Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk).
“You never can quantify what the move, how much that affected us last year,” Rivers said on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt. “I don’t think any player or coach would make an excuse at all, but there was certainly a lot more going on off the field last year with the move and everything. So this year we’re a whole another year comfortable. There’s a lot more comfort as far as where meetings are, where we’re doing training camp, where’s the hotel, where’s the meals. All those things, we know, so we can focus more between the lines and I think we’re off to a good start.”
Rivers is coming off yet another highly productive year where he was among the top of the list at his position finishing fifth with 28 touchdown passes, second with 4,515 passing yards and ninth with a 96.0 passer rating. This marked the fifth straight year with more than 4,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns.
Rivers was a huge factor in the Chargers late-season push where they won six out of the last seven games where he threw 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions over that stretch.
Despite losing two key players already in cornerback Jason Verrett and tight end Hunter Henry to season-ending injuries, the Chargers are widely looked upon as being one of the darkhorse teams that could make a serious push to the playoffs with their talent on both sides of the ball.
Rivers is leading a highly-talented offense that could pose to be one of the best units in the league in 2018.
This has all put forth an opportunity for the Chargers to finally break through to reach the playoffs for the first time in five years.