Philip Rivers threw three more picks on Sunday against the Packers. Despite his struggles this year, Rivers is emphatic there is nothing wrong with him according to Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Six times in eight games, Rivers has been intercepted at least twice, and his midseason total of 14 picks exceeds any of his last three full-season figures.
Theories range from plausible secrets to silly speculation, from a strategically concealed injury to the lost sleep stemming from the October birth of the quarterback’s sixth child. Chargers coach Norv Turner theorized Tuesday that Rivers was sometimes “trying too hard … trying to do more than he needs to do.”
Rivers, meanwhile, insists his recent results are more random than rational; that they cannot be definitively dissected like one of those calculus problems he loves to solve. Much as football fans and media blowhards like to link cause with effect, Rivers insists there is nothing physical, nothing mechanical and nothing about the depleted state of Chargers personnel to account for his troubling tendency to throw the ball to the other team.
“Other than statistically, there’s nothing different,” he said. “I’m a year older and that’s about it. I had a child. … I wouldn’t trade anybody that’s protecting for me ever; the blitzes that they pick up. They’re unpickupable on paper, they are.”