Frank Reich’s strong comments about decision to sign Philip Rivers
The Indianapolis Colts upgraded at the quarterback position by signing Philip Rivers in free agency. While speaking to the local media, Frank Reich made some strong comments about Indianapolis’ decision to sign Rivers.
Reich: “The further we get into this process with Philip, the more I’m convinced this was the right move for us.”
Reiterates he believes Rivers is still an “elite” quarterback. The timing was right, and it all seemed to fall together. #Colts
— George Bremer (@gmbremer) May 26, 2020
Without a doubt, the Colts added Rivers due to his previous experience with Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. Before joining Indianapolis, both Reich and Sirianni spent some time with the Los Angeles Chargers — where Rivers spent his first 16 seasons in the NFL.
Just last season, Rivers struggled with the Chargers, throwing for 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. The 23 passing touchdowns were the lowest mark of his career since 2007. In addition, the 20 interceptions were the most in his career since 2016.
There’s an argument to be had whether or not Rivers has ever been an ‘elite’ quarterback in the NFL. With that being said, Reich appears to be confident that the veteran signal-caller can still play at a high-level.
Later this year, Rivers will turn 39 years old and is obviously nearing the end of his career in the NFL. But heading into next season, he’s expected to aid the Colts in having one of the best offenses in the league.
At the least, Rivers will get an opportunity to throw in a dome during Indianapolis’ home games, giving him a better chance of producing. Plus, he will have a slew of weapons at his disposal in T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell, Marlon Mack, Jack Doyle, along with rookies Michael Pittman and Jonathan Taylor.
Despite there being questions about how much he has left in the tank, Reich believes Rivers was a home-run addition for the Colts.