The Los Angeles Chargers continue to see their playoff hopes evaporate after yet another disappointing loss. The latest comes off yet another discouraging late-game mishap against the Kanas City Chiefs from quarterback Philip Rivers that has moved the team one step closer to playoff elimination. All that has made the noise for a quarterback change for the Chargers that much louder, but head coach Anthony Lynn has voiced one reason why he’s sticking with Rivers under center.
Phillip Rivers’ struggles in 2019
The Chargers headed into the 2019 campaign with plenty of reason for optimism after finishing last year with a 12-4 record that pushed them into the playoffs.
Although Los Angeles fell short against the New England Patriots, the team had shown that they are not far off from competing for a Super Bowl. Those aspirations have progressively gone down the drain this season as each of their seven losses have come by seven points or fewer.
Rivers has been at the forefront of the Chargers’ shortcomings offensively as he has had some significant woes throwing the ball this season. He has thrown seven interceptions in the last two games, which has unsurprisingly resulted in crushing losses.
The 37-year-old’s porous performance has led to outside clamoring that it may be time for a quarterback change for the Chargers. It hasn’t taken long for that chatter to make its way back around to the coaching staff.
Anthony Lynn sticking with Philip Rivers
The Chargers have fallen to their third loss in the last five games, which has put a significant damper on their playoff hopes.
Much of the attention on their shortcomings centered on Rivers’ lackluster play with the outside noise growing that it could be time for a change under center. Despite that, Lynn has stayed firm with riding with the veteran quarterback as he believes the team’s issues lie with more than just that position, according to Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register.
“I’m not going to entertain that right now,” Lynn said Tuesday. “I’m going to evaluate everything, and right now Philip Rivers is our starting quarterback. But I’m not going to single one position out. I’m looking at everybody. We’re 4-7. Everybody can be doing something better.”
Lynn may remain steadfast to Rivers, but it’s hard to look past his recent struggles that continue to hamper him. There are some loose ends to his comments as he stated “right now” twice that give way to the notion that it’s something the team will consider at some point down the line soon.
Quarterback change ahead for Chargers?
The talk around Rivers heading into the 2019 season centered on his long-term future with the franchise as he’s in the final year of his contract.
He has stayed open about his NFL future beyond this year, having already voiced that he could consider retirement next offseason. Rivers did state last year that he doesn’t plan on playing in his 40s like Tom Brady has ventured.
Los Angeles is in a tight spot of deciding what they will do for the long haul at the quarterback position. Much of that could hinge on how the rest of the season plays out as they are still mathematically in play for the playoffs. However, the next several weeks could determine whether they believe Rivers still has enough left in the tank to be a competent starting quarterback that can guide them to Super Bowl contention.
Things may look quite gloomy at the moment for the Chargers and Rivers, but there will be much clarity about what lies ahead of the franchise for the long-term future.