Message from discussion Rivers getting ripped on the Sirius Blitz
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From: Robin Miller <complex....@invalid.com>
Subject: Re: Rivers getting ripped on the Sirius Blitz
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David F. Mishiwiec Sr. wrote:
> That 40 of 46 proves my point. How many of those 6 incompletions were
> actually interceptions? That is what I mean about his refusal to throw
> the ball away. The defense will simply guess right sometimes, about 50%
> of the time if the law of averages holds true. On some of those
> occasions you may be able to hit the checkoff receiver but sometimes
> even he will be unavailable or covered well enough to warrant taking an
> incompletion. This is why he's throwing so many stupid interceptions.
> Whether is be vanity or greed or both he simply cannot accept failure
> and we lose as a result.
You know, David, something I wonder about is whether some of Rivers'
problems the last couple of years have just been bad luck. I'm not
trying to excuse the interceptions, but I think about the fumbled snap
in overtime against Kansas City last season, and then the soft pass
right to the defender that was returned for a touchdown in the last game
(after which Rivers said that the ball somehow stayed in his hand for
too long so that he didn't get any lift on the pass), and I wonder if
some of the problems are just some one-in-a-million plays ganging up on
Rivers. I mean, some of the plays are simply inexplicable. Others are
clearly bad throws, like that final interception in the Tampa Bay game,
when he was under pressure and threw the ball short and inside instead
of long and to the sideline. Or the underthrown pass to Gates early in
the game that would have been a touchdown if thrown properly. In other
words, a lot of the bad plays are clearly traceable to a bad throw, but
some of the plays are so completely crazy that I wonder if those plays
are just really, really bad luck.