Philip Rivers shares thoughts on Chargers possibly drafting QB
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said recently that the team would not be opposed to picking a quarterback early this year’s draft. Does that mean Philip Rivers is getting toward the end of his career?
Not according to Philip Rivers.
In an interview with Xtra 1360 Fox Sports Radio on Thursday, Rivers made some interesting remarks about the possibility of having a young quarterback on the roster.
“I don’t think it’s my job or anything that I owe somebody. But it is nature — coaching — and I like to think I’m pretty charitable in the sense that I like to help people out, share and talk football,” Rivers said.
“So I think if a young guy comes in here, I’m not in the top of my mind going to go, ‘Oh, I need to teach this guy.’ And yet, I’m not going to be a recluse and say, ‘Shoot, I’m not helping him out.’ I’m going to share whatever he wants and let him take whatever he likes, and how he can learn to be a pro. So I think it will happen organically without any concerted effort.”
Rivers is 35 and signed through 2019. He’s coming off another Pro Bowl season in which he threw 33 touchdown passes — the second-highest total of his career. While he understands he is on the back nine of his career, he’s not ready to start thinking about retirement.
“I think it’s to be expected they’re going to get a young guy in the room to try and develop him and groom him,” he added. “It doesn’t by any means really affect me. I think it’s healthy for me. … This thing doesn’t last forever. I have to get to playing better and keep this thing going as long as you can.
“As long as I do that, then whoever it is they bring in here, they’re going to sit for a while.”
Even if the Chargers draft a QB they hope to be Rivers’ eventual replacement, that’s exactly the mentality they want Rivers to have. He still gives them their best chance of winning, and he seems fully committed to his new situation. There’s no reason to think Rivers is going to replaced anytime soon.