Wow, there was time when Philip could actually throw on the run--sort of. This shot is obviously from the 2007 win at Indianapolis. In many ways, it's the game that ended up leading us where we are right now. I noticed in the comments from my last post that Daniel Chang thought Norv was being faulted with "breaking Rivers." Philip mentioned in his interview with Darren Smith that he takes issue with the suggestion that he needs fixing. However, I think it's pretty accurate. Like many of the guys being hired right now, Norv was known as a "QB guru." There is no question whatsover that Rivers has regressed beyond belief over the last two seasons. I wouldn't roll my eyes so much at the suggestion that it was due to the poor pass protection, lack of a running game and self-induced pressure if he hadn't come off another shitty season in 2011.
But Rivers is our guy and we can only hope that the three-headed monster of Wisenhunt, McCoy and Reich will make the difference. I don't know if Norval will be a better playcaller in Cleveland and quite frankly I don't give a shit. I am sure that the players you have impact your performance as a coach and coordinator. McCoy won't be calling the plays and trying to run the show. He's already spoken about how he and Tom Telesco have "some tough decisions to make." There is no question that one way or another the Chargers need to finally establish a run game. In the end, it won't matter whether Ryan Mathews is too unreliable on the field or simply too injury-prone to be the guy. No one is expecting Philip Rivers to suddenly start running "the pistol" formation. But any successful team needs to have some balance. I've been saying that since 2009. Was Norv at fault for trying to run LT into the Jets line in the playoff game? Should Sproles have been used more? Why did Tomlinson look so rejuvenated after leaving? Was Brain Schottenheimer simply using his strengths at that stage of his career by using him mostly on 3rd downs?no comments