David F. Mishiwiec Sr. wrote:
> Adam Shein and Rich Gannon are killing Rivers right now. Gannon
> specifically is citing Rivers making awful decisions down the stretch
> and throwing way too many fourth quarter interceptions. They said that
> not only can Rivers not be considered a good quarterback he has now
> become a bad QB. Norv cannot win with Rivers at QB was one statement
> that nearly had me fall out of my chair.
I think it's ironic that Rivers was Norv's biggest booster on the team
but may end up being the reason that Norv loses his job.
> So what the hell do we do now? Has Rivers become the NFL version of
> Chuck Knoblauch? For those of you who don't know, Knoblauch was an
> all-star second baseman for the Twins and Yankees who virtually washed
> himself out of baseball because he developed a mental block of some kind
> and couldn't make a throw to first base to save his life. It was so bad
> that it even spilled over to affect his hitting. His throwing was so bad
> that in one game while a Yankee his attempted throw to first sailed into
> the stands and hit the mother of sportscaster Keith Olbermann in the head.
I'm also a Yankees fan, and I remember Knoblauch well. Here's some info:
Of course, he ended up being unable to make _most_ throws. That's
different from the one or two killer throws that Rivers makes.
My mom has also told me about golf announcer Johnny Miller's "yips" with
his putting when he was a pro golfer:
> Now NFLRadio is playing Norv's rant from the post-game press conerence
> over and over. We have become the league's laughingstock and if not for
> Mark Sanchez an argument could be made that Rivers has become the worst
> starting QB in the league. Before there was a lot of head scratching
> amongst front office people throughout the league as Rivers seemed to
> have the same mechanics as he has had throughout his career. Now, these
> people are saying his mechanics are so bad that no two of his
> consecutive throws are thrown with the same motion or footwork. The
> Monday night Denver game is being specifically cited with his fourth
> quarter performance being called horrific. League personnel people are
> saying he has always had a hitch in his throw but in that game he had
> some throws with two or three hitches in his throws and his footwork is
But his problem is much more mental than physical. If the problem was
his throwing motion, he wouldn't be able to hit 40 out of 46, as he did
over a game and a half until the end of Sunday's game.
> So fellow Chargers fans my question to you is this, where do we go from
> here? We do not have another QB on the roster to plug in and give Rivers
> a break. It is so bad that I am hoping he gets hurt and has to sit so he
> can clear his head. Unfortunately, given his makeup I fear that an
> injury may only serve to heighten this overwhelming penchant to force
> plays and making avoidable errors that are losing us ballgames.
I think it's crazy to wish for an injury. And Whitehurst is not a very
The much bigger problem, I think, is the complete lack of talent on
offense. I went through the personnel groups in a post on Sunday:
--The wide receivers are way below average. Only Floyd is any good.
Alexander has immediately become the best- or second-best wideout on the
team, pending Vincent Brown's return.
--Gates is declining at tight end, and the others aren't picking up the
slack. He looked very slow on Sunday, which was disappointing since he
looked pretty fast earlier in the season.
--Matthews is decent but not a threat for a game-changing play.
--The offensive line has been terrible.
This is not to excuse Rivers. It's to point out the pressure he's
playing under all the time to try to will the team to a win. It's
compounded by the fact that the team's defense is quite competent but
seems incapable of making game-changing plays, so the offense always has
to be the unit to win the game.
Thoughtful post, David. Thanks.