Chargers In The News: Where Does Rivers Rank?

Following BOLTHYPE’s Top 5 Quarterback List, ESPN’s Ross Tucker has come out with his own QB ranking. His Tier 1 quarterbacks, in order, include Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Philip Rivers. That’s a sixth-best ranking for the Chargers quarterback- too low in our opinion.

Compare Tucker’s list to that of NBC’s Cris Collinsworth, who also lists Rivers as his sixth best QB (behind the same five players), and you will see what is likely a pro football media bias towards quarterbacks with a ring. That is understandable to a point, but I would hope that former players like Tucker and Collinsworth realize that there is more than one person on the field when a team makes a charge toward a Super Bowl victory... and also on a team that fails to do so.

Out of the consensus top-six quarterbacks in the league, Manning and Rivers seem to be the only quarterbacks who have had to carry a team on their backs for the better part of their careers.

Sproles To St. Louis?
Rumors continue to link RB Darren Sproles to the St. Louis Rams, where he could join the team as a back-up to longtime starter Steven Jackson. As Chargers fans know all too well, Sproles could provide a nice change of pace to the bruising running style of Jackson, and would spell Jackson on third downs.

McNeill Recovered
Chargers offensive tackle Marcus McNeill told Sirius XM that he is fully healed following arthroscopic knee surgery in February. The six-year veteran appeared healthy in all 11 games in which he played last season, leaving observers to believe this knee surgery was a minor, routine procedure.

Leaf Recovering From Brain Surgery
Former Chargers QB Ryan Leaf is recovering from surgery after having a benign tumor removed from his brain stem. Via twitter, Leaf stated that he is “feeling and healing better everyday.” Still beloved by Washington State University Cougars fans, Leaf has taken great steps to transform his poor image with pro football fans by openly discussing the many mistakes he made as a young QB in the league. He has overcome a lot through the years, and genuinely seems to appreciate the sport and the fans much more than he did during his time as a pro player. You can follow Leaf on twitter at: @RyanDLeaf.

June 2, 2011

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