May 28, 2016

Overall Ranking

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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 08

    SD @ ARI

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    SEA @ SD

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    SD @ BUF

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    JAC @ SD

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    NYJ @ SD

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    SD @ OAK

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    KC @ SD

  • Week 8 - Oct 23

    SD @ DEN

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    SD @ MIA

  • Week 10 - Nov 09


  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    OAK @ SD

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    LAR @ SD

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    SD @ BAL

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    NE @ SD

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    DEN @ SD

  • Week 16 - Dec 20

    SD @ SF

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    SD @ KC

  • Week 2 - Sep 10

    SD 22 @ OAK 14

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    ATL 27 @ SD 3

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    SD 37 @ KC 20

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    SD 24 @ NO 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 15

    DEN @ SD

  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    SD @ CLE

  • Week 9 - Nov 01

    KC @ SD

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    SD @ TB

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    SD @ DEN

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    BAL @ SD

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    CIN @ SD

    4,478 pass yards

    32 TDs

    72 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    MIN 17 @ SD 24

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    SD 21 @ NE 35

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    KC 17 @ SD 20

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    MIA 16 @ SD 26

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    SD 29 @ DEN 24

  • Week 6 - Oct 16


  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    SD 21 @ NYJ 27

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    SD 20 @ KC 23

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    GB 45 @ SD 38

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    SD 20 @ CHI 31

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    DEN 16 @ SD 13

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    SD 38 @ JAC 14

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    BUF 10 @ SD 37

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    BAL 14 @ SD 34

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    SD 10 @ DET 38

  • Week 1 - Sep 13

    SD 14 @ KC 21

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    JAC 13 @ SD 38

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    SD 20 @ SEA 27

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    ARI 10 @ SD 41

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    SD 27 @ OAK 35

    431 pass yards

    2 TDs

    14 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    SD 17 @ LAR 20

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    NE 23 @ SD 20

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    TEN 25 @ SD 33

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    SD 29 @ HOU 23

    295 pass yards

    4 TDs

    -7 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 10 - Nov 14


  • Week 11 - Nov 22

    DEN 14 @ SD 35

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    SD 36 @ IND 14

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    OAK 28 @ SD 13

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    KC 0 @ SD 31

  • Week 15 - Dec 16

    SF 7 @ SD 34

    273 pass yards

    3 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    SD 20 @ CIN 34

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    SD 33 @ DEN 28


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Philip Rivers

San Diego Chargers

2008 - 2011 Statistics

   PASSING                            RUSHING                 FANTASY

                           Comp/Att   Yards   TD   INT    Rush   Yards   TD     Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats        366/582    4624    27    20     26      36      1        302.6    18.9

2010 Stats        357/541    4710    30    13     29      52      0        313.6    19.6

2009 Stats        317/486    4254    28     9     26      50      1        293.2    18.3

2008 Stats        312/478    4009    34    11     31      41      0        304.8    19.0

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) One of the leagues greatest competitors, never count this badass out

(+) The Philip Rivers-Antonio Gates combo might be back in the saddle after a couple years of plantar fasciitis trouble for Gates

(+) Rivers is very Drew Brees/Kurt Warner-like in that he puts the ball in the best place for receivers to make things happen

(+)Robert Meachem should slide in nicely as Rivers WR1. In fact, Eddie Royal could end up having a renaissance with Rivers as well

(+) San Diego plays most of their games in warm weather, a bonus for the Chargers passing game that most others don’t have

(+) Rivers finished eighth for QBs in total fantasy points last season and has two top-5 finishes since 2008 

(+) His 4,624 passing yards were the second-most of his career last season while his 366 completions were the most

(–) Rivers had 25 turnovers (20 INTs) in 2011

(–) Two Pro Bowl linemen are gone, McNeill & Dielman

(–) The Chargers missed the playoffs for their second straight season

(–) Vincent Jackson is gone and Gates’ injuries/age might be starting to catch up to him

(–) If Ryan Mathews gets injured, this team is screwed

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2009 Review

philip rivers- mouthface

This unorthodox, pill-tossing machine has quickly risen to become one of the top-drawer fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL.  It was thought to be nearly impossible for him to repeat his 2008 numbers, but the 6’5”, 230 lb. Rivers proved the fantasy world wrong and came within 5 points of matching his career year.  He’s won an unheard-of 18 straight December games for the Chargers (current) and had an 11-game winning streak last year en route to a 13-3 mark and first-round playoff bye.  He’s taken full advantage of the decline of LaDainian Tomlinson the last couple of years and turned the Chargers into a pass-first team, thus ascending his fantasy stats into clear starter status.


philip rivers 2009 stats

~ Set career bests in completions (317), attempts (486), passing yards (4,254), yards/attempt (8.8), and yards/game (265.9)

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

Rivers is starting to become something special, and should continue along that path in 2010.  With Tomlinson gone, the Chargers turned to the 2010 NFL Draft to fill their starting running back hole in Ryan Mathews - a stud out of Fresno State - but it will take at least a couple years for him to develop.  Thus, they will likely stick to their pass-first mentality for the time being.  Basically, Rivers will be given the reins once again.  He has the biggest receiving corps in the game, led by their budding superstar Vincent Jackson, so expect approximately the same numbers from Philip “Wild” Rivers again this upcoming year.

~ No legit running back (yet) means a lot of passing for Rivers

~ Has an excellent receiving corps that will all still be there

~ Has an offensive line good with pass protection

~ Antonio Gates is still Antonio Gates

~ He's in San Diego for cryin' out loud, so that nice warm sunshine-filled weather gives him an edge over other QBs late in the season

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Rivers does not have a Twitter account.  The official Team Twitter account comes through here:  Chargers Player Tweets



Follow Pyro® on Twitter @pyroman1ac

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Rivers signed a seven-year, $98.25 million contract in August of 2009 that contained $38.15 million guaranteed, including a $19.55 million signing bonus and Rivers' 2009-2010 base salaries.  $6 million of Rivers' 2011 salary is guaranteed for injury, but not for skill or performance.  Here’s how this monster deal breaks down:

2010 - $6.6 million (+ $6 million option bonus)

2011 - $8.4 million

2012 - $10.2 million

2013 - $12 million

2014 - $13.8 million

2015 - $15.75 million

2016 – Free Agent

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Billy Volek continues to be the handcuff to Rivers, and oh yes Billy Boy, we still remember those back-to-back 400-yard games you put up back in 2004.  A combined 69-103 for 918 yards, 8 TDs, 1 INT, and a rushing TD to boot?!?!  Crazy stats!  Somehow you lost both those games to the Chiefs and Raiders, but in the process, you also made a legend out of WR Drew Bennett by setting him up with a combined 25 catches for 393 yards and 5 TDs in that span of 7 days.  Because of this and the Chargers strong passing game, you're still worth a flier in the late rounds

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule

SOS - San Diego Chargers


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Injury Report


Rivers still hasn't missed a game since being named the starter back in 2006

Chargers have applied to trademark "Los Angeles Chargers."


Pyro's take: Nathan Fenno has reported via LA Times The Chargers applied to trademark “Los Angeles Chargers” and “LA Chargers” two days after NFL owners approved the Rams’ relocation to L.A. last week.

The Chargers have an option to join the Rams in L.A. that expires Jan. 15, 2017. The option can be extended one year if voters approve public financing for a new stadium in San Diego.

The Rams, who are developing a stadium in Inglewood that’s expected to be ready for the 2019 season, started formal negotiations with the Chargers on Monday to share the venue.

01/19/16, 04:24 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.latimes.com

Frank Reich is traveling to Philadelphia Tuesday night to meet with Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.


Pyro's take: Howard Eskin via Twitter "Frank Reich coming to Phila tonight to talk w #Eagles HC Doug Pederson about OC job @FOX29philly"

Frank Reich never really established himself in San Diego and injuries made his offense look worse than it was.

01/19/16, 04:07 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Chargers signed coach Mike McCoy to a one-year extension.


Pyro's take: Michael Gehlken via Twitter "Chargers GM Tom Telesco announces one-year extension for Mike McCoy. Contract now through 2017 season."

Mike McCoy will be much needed stability entering next season, especially if they move to Los Angeles, and have many returning players from injury.

01/09/16, 01:53 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Chargers have discussed coach Mike McCoy calling the offensive plays in 2016.


Pyro's take: McCoy made his name as the Broncos' offensive coordinator, but he has been hesitant to take on the play-calling role in San Diego. Entering what could be a make-or-break year, McCoy could have a change of heart.--Rotoworld

01/05/16, 10:38 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com

Mike McCoy could be fired


Pyro's take: Alex Marvez via Twitter "Speaking with multiple folks around NFL, sounds like Mike McCoy is coaching his final game for @Chargers. We'll see. @NFLonFOX"

01/03/16, 02:29 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Chargers waived QB Brad Sorensen.


Pyro's take: When Philip Rivers became ill, Brad Sorensen was promoted off the practice squad. But it seems Rivers is feeling better, and there is no need.

Sorensen, 26, was taken in the seventh round of last year’s NFL draft by the Chargers. He was waived as San Diego trimmed their roster down to 53 players before the start of last season.

12/14/15, 05:04 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: nfltraderumors.co

Philip Rivers (foot) is listed on the Week 13 injury report, but is practicing in full.


Pyro's take: Even though listed on the injury report Philip Rivers should be fine come Sunday.

12/02/15, 08:44 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Look for Philip Rivers to rebound against Jacksonville


Pyro's take: Philip Rivers threw for a season-low 178 yards against the Chiefs last week. Expect Rivers to rebound against the Jaguars. Rivers has thrown for more than 300 yards six times this season. He will face Jacksonville's defense for a third straight season Sunday. In the previous two matchups, he averaged 331 passing yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He was sacked a total of three times in those two contests. -- Eric Williams

11/28/15, 11:38 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Philip Rivers completed 26-of-42 passes for 280 yards and one touchdown


Pyro's take: Not the best night for Philip Rivers especially against the Chicago Bears putrid defense. The one touchdown and just 280-yards is not what the fantasy owners or the Chargers wanted to see,

San Diego is now on a bye week and will face the Chiefs the following week.

11/10/15, 02:58 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Philip Rivers completed 35-of-48 passes for 365 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception


Pyro's take: Last week Rivers threw for 358-yards and now tops it with 365. The return of Antonio Gates made it so much easier for him and he rewarded Gates with two touchdowns. He did throw a pick-six, which was more on the fault of the lazy route running by Malcom Floyd than an errant pass.

10/13/15, 03:28 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Chargers O-Line Could be w/o 4 Starters for Week #4

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Pyro's take: Although it is a great matchup against Cleveland, Rivers may be scrambling in the picket more than usual. The Chargers have 2 of their starters on the offensive line ruled out for Week #4. Another is doubtful, and the 4th is listed as questionable. Rivers schedule settles in for a nice stretch after a tough opening slate. However, the o-line health gives owners serious reservations.

10/04/15, 10:09 AM CDT by M O
Source: espn.go.com

Rib Injury

According to Michael Gehlken, beat writer for the Chargers, Antonio Gates stated on Philip Rivers,"for those who don't know, he's been dealing with a rib injury, a very severe rib injury." Said past few wks"

Pyro's take: This is an injury that has only been reported by Antonio Gates. Rivers has not been on an injury report, has not missed any time, and he is coming off a bye week.

If Antonio Gates wants to announce that Rivers got his ass-kicked by the Oakland Raiders defense, that I can follow.

If your starting Rivers, keep going with it, this sounds more like Gates explaining why Rivers had a bad-day against the Raiders than anything else

11/17/14, 11:00 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Rivers Flow

Phillip Rivers had a solid night against a good defense in the Buffalo Bills. He was 18 of 25 for 256 yards and two touchdowns. On the season he has a six touchdown to one interception ratio, and will look to gain even more next week versus the Jaguars.

Pyro's take: A nice match-up that Andrew Luck exploited for four touchdowns. Even if Rivers doesn't reach that mark, he should have himself a nice game, and should be a starter in all formats.

09/23/14, 09:27 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.utsandiego.com

Not avoiding Sherminator

After the week one game, where the Packers didn't even look to Richard Sherman's side, not even once, Philip Rivers plans to do no such thing. How they will game plan this risky maneuver, is one thing Rivers must handle, he goes to say:"We're not going with the approach that we're not going to throw to (Sherman's) side," Rivers said. "At the same time, I'm not going to be careless. It would be silly to say, 'We're going to go after him.' You've got to be smart. You respect the defense as a whole. You don't try to get cute with their best players.

"But I think while you respect Richard Sherman, you understand, too, that Maxwell on the other side is no slouch. I mean, he's a heck of a corner. He just gets more opportunities, so you're bound to complete something at some point. We're not going to say, 'Never throw to that side,' but we'll be smart when we do."

Pyro's take: Richard Sherman can be beat. Andrew Luck hit TY Hilton, and Hilton blew past him for a long touchdown in last season's match-up, and the Chargers have the personnel to do so as well. The oddity is that Aaron Rodgers didn't even try.

Philip Rivers will take his chances there, will he be successful, probably not, but they wont shy away. Either case, Rivers is not in for a big day passing, as they will try to win the ground game. so bench him for now.

09/13/14, 10:41 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.utsandiego.com

Rivers looking good

Philip Rivers never looks too much into preseason success or lack of it, though he certainly appreciates finding a nice August rhythm to carry into the regular season.

San Diego’s quarterback appears to have found that, completing his first five passes and 9 of 10 overall in the Chargers’ 21-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

“We got first downs, finished with a touchdown and you like to get in that flow,” he said. “The other two games we only got one series, so getting to go through series, going back out there over and over is how you get into that flow, which is important this close to the opener.”

An illegal block nullified Rivers’ 25-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Mathews in the final minute of the first quarter, but Rivers connected on a 10-yard TD pass to Antonio Gates on the next play.

Pyro's take: Rivers is still being drafted late in fantasy drafts, as many believe last season was a fluke, but he continues to look sharp in the preseason. Keenan Allen continues to show development, and he and Rivers have displayed a nice chemistry on the field. Rivers is a savvy veteran who is a nice fantasy backup for your team.

08/26/14, 08:32 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.desertsun.com

Pro Bowl: Rivers replaced by Vince Young

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers pulled himself out of the NFL Pro Bowl due to his wife having a baby. He was replaced on the AFC roster by Titans QB Vince Young.

Pyro's take: No argument here. What Young did for the Titans once he replaced Kerry Collins was nothing short of Pro Bowl-worthy. After starting off 0-6, Young was finally inserted into the starting lineup and led the team to an 8-2 record down the stretch while just barely missing the playoffs. If there's anything that can be said about Vinsanity, it's that he's a winner, plain and simple.

01/28/10, 02:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: sports.espn.go.com

Rivers signs six-year, $92 million extension through 2015

The San Diego Chargers signed QB Philip Rivers to a six-year contract extension on Monday worth $92 million, of which $38-39 million is guaranteed.

Pyro's take: The contract itself is comparable to the one Eli Manning signed not too long ago, with Rivers getting more guaranteed money and Eli receiving a higher annual salary. If this is the going rate for QBs nowadays, then San Diego is the team getting the better deal here. Rivers has the intangibles over Manning, even if Manning is the one with a ring at the moment. We don't believe this new set-for-life deal will affect the way Rivers plays in any way, so keep him ranked on your cheat sheets as a back-end starter in 10-man leagues.

08/24/09, 02:30 PM CDT by
Source: sports.espn.go.com

Wildcat doesn't run through Rivers

San Diego QB Philip Rivers was split out wide right when RB LaDainian Tomlinson took the snap and charged through the line. This is how the Wildcat would be run in San Diego, which is why Norv Turner thinks the formation will be used very sparingly this year. He doesn't like the fact that Rivers would be rendered useless on the play, while Antonio Gates would basically become a tackle.

Pyro's take: Because of LT's quarterbacking ability, it seems this formation could actually work pretty well for the Chargers. However, taking two of your best offensive weapons out of a play at a time sounds a little foolish, so we understand Norv's thinking here.

Stay Classy, San Diego

08/12/09, 08:00 AM CDT by
Source: www3.signonsandiego.com

Vincent Jackson the "go-to guy" for Rivers

After years of having either a tight end or a running back being the leading pass-catcher on the team, the Chargers feel they finally have a #1 receiver. A Wide Receiver, and his name is Vincent Jackson. QB Philip Rivers has built up an immense trust in Jackson over the past couple of years and had this to say: “It's hard to say he's the most improved player, because he came in with a lot of talent, but he's improved tremendously. He's developed himself into a go-to guy.”

Pyro's take: With Jackson finally living up to his immense talent, Rivers coming into his own, Antonio Gates being healthy, and LT coming into camp reinvigorated after his "down year" in 2008, the Chargers could be a downright scary team to face this year. If this team can stay healthy, look for some awesome fantasy numbers all the way around and a big push through the playoffs come January.

Stay Classy, San Diego.

08/06/09, 09:30 AM CDT by
Source: www3.signonsandiego.com

Eli and Philip still connected at the hip

At least from a financial perspective. Rivers' contract is up after this season, and contract talks have yet to begin. However, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers' brass has been waiting for Eli Manning's deal to be inked.

Pyro's take: Not a good call by the Chargers at all. If I'm Rivers' agent, Im tacking on at least $3 million per year to whatever Eli finally signs for. Rivers is better than Eli in every stat column that matters. GM A.J. Smith has also intentionally been holding on to that franchise tag in the event negotiations go wrong.

You stay classy, San Diego.

08/06/09, 02:00 AM CDT by
Source: www3.signonsandiego.com