Pro Football Focus disrespected Colts QB Philip Rivers in their latest QB rankings.
It doesn’t take a football scholar to spot the regression that Colts QB Philip Rivers endured with the Los Angeles Chargers last season. Despite working with superb talent at skill positions, the 38-year-old quarterback won just five games and threw for 23 touchdowns compared to a whopping 20 interceptions, which was the third-most in the NFL.
While you could say that the Chargers’ offensive line was decimated with injuries, there’s no defending how erratic Rivers was in 2019. Still, with all of that being said, the eight-time Pro Bowler should still be considered one of the elite gunslingers the league has to offer.
In truly disrespectful fashion, however, Pro Football Focus’ annual QB rankings saw Rivers fall in the third tier at No. 21 overall.
As you could probably grasp from the intro, we’d be the first to admit how poor Rivers was last season, but you can’t sit there and tell us that there are 20 quarterbacks better than him. According to PFF, tier three includes “volatile” or conventional signal callers that are more dependent on his supporting cast or play-calling. If that was the case about the former No. 4 overall pick, then he’d be a certified system quarterback. This might be a hot take by PFF standards, but a guy that’s a perennial lock to throw for over 4,000 yards isn’t a product of the Chargers’ system.
Here’s what PFF had to say about Rivers:
"“The concern is Rivers once again ranking among the league leaders in turnover-worthy plays while experiencing the fifth-highest increase in total negatively graded throws this season. That volatile style is not new for Rivers, as he still ranked among the best in big-time throws while showing his usual anticipation when throwing to all levels of the field.”"
No list has ever been perfect, and the NFL offseason provides us with the perfect time to throw a fuss about one. T
ruth be told, we normally wouldn’t bat an eye at a quarterback ranking, so long as the tiers were accurate. However, when a player of Rivers’ caliber is disrespected to this extent, we are given no choice but to take action and defend his integrity.