Colts: Philip Rivers debuting as high school coach is awesome

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) /

The Indianapolis Colts were the final stop in a career that will almost assuredly take Philip Rivers to Canton in five years’ time. Even though he wasn’t very mobile in his younger years, let along 2020, Rivers was able to take the Colts to the playoffs before hanging it up.

The only players with more touchdown passes in NFL history than Rivers are Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Brett Favre. Rivers didn’t stay far away from the game after choosing to end his playing career, though, as he will remain on the sidelines back in his native Alabama, imparting that knowledge.

Before he even signed with Indianapolis, Rivers was named the head ball coach at St. Michael Catholic High School, and he is starting to get the Cardinals ready to prove themselves as the class of Alabama 4A Region 1 football.

Rivers made his coaching debut in a spring scrimmage, proving that he looks just as natural on the sidelines with the headset on as he did under center. Rivers barking out orders on the sidelines is, as he would put it, so daggum fun to watch.

Colts: Philip Rivers is perfect high school coach material.

Rivers claims that coaching in high school was always something he had envisioned, as his father was a high school coach and he wanted to follow in his footsteps. He did admit that it was tough to get into the mindset of a coach, as the competitor in him wanted to get back out there between the lines.

Rivers certainly has a tough task ahead of him, as the Cardinals have won just five games in the last three seasons prior to his arrival. Luckily, Rivers has a bit of experience with regard to coming into a chaotic mess (see San Diego for most of his career) and still getting them to win some games.

Rivers could’ve gone for the easy analyst gig post-retirement or just stayed at home to take care of dad duties (of which he has plenty), but something just feels right about Rivers staying connected to football and coaching at this level.

Who knows? Maybe a college program needs a new quarterback coach down the line. Perhaps that could turn into an offensive coordinator promotion. If Rivers is one-tenth as good a coach as he was a player, he should have no trouble climbing back up the ranks. This would be one weird way for No. 17 to return to the NFL.