Former Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philips Rivers was an integral part of the team’s success more the better part of 16 years. When the Chargers decided to move on from their franchise QB, there were concerns about how the new signal-caller would lead the team.
Luckily, the Chargers struck gold with Justin Herbert and found their next franchise QB after Rivers to lead the organization to greater heights. Philips Rivers recently spoke about Herbert and how he feels about the Oregan State alum leading his former team.
Philip Rivers feels the Chargers are in the right hands with Justin Herbert
Philip Rivers was selected 4th overall in the 2004 draft by the New York Giants and then traded during the draft to the San Deigo Chargers in exchange for Eli Manning. Rivers didn’t get much field time as he couldn’t beat out Drew Bress to be the starter. However, he was named the starter in 2006 after Bress entered free agency to sign a massive deal with the New Orlean Saints.
Rivers spent 16 years playing for the Chargers and saw great success in the regular season but the only chink in his armor was the inability to be as consistent in the postseason. Unlike his draft buddies Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, Rivers failed to reach a Super Bowl.
After calling the Chargers home for 16 years, Rivers was more than happy to see that the reins of the team were handed over to the right guy. “I pull like crazy for the Chargers and I pull for Justin Herbert in particular, just because I think it’s awesome that I was able to be there for 16 years, hopefully he can be there for another 16,” Rivers told Crain & Company. “I always thought it’s cool you look at the Packers, you can say, ‘Who’s been their quarterback the last 40 years? Favre and Rodgers.’ You don’t want it to go the Browns’ version, with 30 starters in the last 25 years. With Herbert, it was time for me to be done there, and then they nailed that pick.”
Philips Rivers is right in saying that the Chargers hit the bullseye with Justin Herbert. And it won’t surprise anyone if he continues to be the Chargers quarterback in 2035, which would mark his 16th season with the team. Herbert and the Chargers finished the season with a 9-8 record. Everyone is impressed by the skills Herbert possesses and NFL critics believe he will be one of the great QBs of the game in coming years.