For the first time in 17 years, former Indianapolis Colts and San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is not putting on the pads. After retiring from the game following one of the best careers any quarterback has ever had, Rivers has made the transition to coaching.
Rivers is starting off on the ground floor back in his home state of Alabama with St. Michael Catholic High School. After his father Steve Rivers helped Philip become a star performer during his days as a high school coach, Rivers appears to be following in his father’s footsteps.
Rivers had quite the task ahead of him in his first coaching foray, as the Cardinals have won just six games in the last three years. You wouldn’t know that if you watched Rivers’ debut against an undermanned McIntosh, as St. Michael scored 27 first-quarter points en route to a 49-0 pummeling.
Based on his postgame quotes, Rivers sounded just as excited as he did following any one of his 130 NFL wins. Rivers emphasized the idea of making sure his players fully understand what a privilege it is to play high school football and to remember these moments for the rest of their lives.
Former Colts QB Philip Rivers is killing it as a coach.
After nearly two decades as a Charger, during which he put up numbers that should give him a bust in Canton one day, Rivers decided to replace Jacoby Brissett as the starter in Indianapolis, likely due to his familiarity with Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni from their days in San Diego.
While Rivers did complete 60% of his passes for almost 4,200 yards and 24 touchdowns, Indianapolis needed to find a quarterback with a bit more youth and potential for the next half-decade, which facilitated the Carson Wentz trade.
Despite the fact his playing career has come to an end, Rivers seems perfectly at home on the sidelines.
Don’t be surprised if he eventually leaves St. Michael and goes on to bigger and better things, possibly in the collegiate or professional ranks. The man’s an encyclopedia.
How Rivers finishes this season remains to be seen, but one thing that can’t be argued is the fact that the passion and intensity Colts and Chargers fans saw from him on the field as their quarterback hasn’t faded in retirement. With Rivers on the sidelines, the Cardinals should be in for their best season in a long time.