Chargers QB Philip Rivers has been 'painful to watch'

Chargers QB Philip Rivers has been 'painful to watch'

With the Chargers off to an 0-3 start, quarterback Philip Rivers is beginning to fall out of favor in Los Angeles. 

The Chargers have been struggling for years. After hovering around the .500 mark for a half-decade, the Bolts managed to win a grand total of nine games the previous two seasons. The franchise installed Anthony Lynn as head coach and moved from San Diego to LA during the offseason, but the core of the roster remained the same.

That obviously includes Rivers, who may not be the root of the problem, but is experiencing some regression. The 35-year-old's 60.4 completion percentage last season was his lowest since 2007, while his 21 interceptions were the most of his career. Tack on five fumbles lost, and Rivers was committing nearly two turnovers per game.

Rivers was off to a decent start this season, even if the Chargers weren't, but that run of good fortune came to a screeching halt against Kansas City on Sunday. The six-time Pro Bowl selection completed 20 of 40 passes for 237 yards with no touchdowns and 3 interceptions in a 24-10 loss to the Chiefs.

Based on Tom Krasovic's synopsis for The San Diego Union-Tribune, Rivers' performance was not only a huge reason why the Chargers lost -- it was a chore to sit through.

This Rivers was different from the quarterback San Diegans grew to love.

He looked old, not cagey; creaky, not savvy.

He was painful to watch.

“I had a rough day,” he said.

He threw the ball too late, into coverage, repeatedly.

Considering that the blocking was good and the running game forceful, it was the worst half I can recall from Rivers, a starter since 2006.

He made several decisions that were questionable, perhaps worse.

He overestimated his arm strength. On other plays, for reasons unknown to outsiders, he failed to see open receivers or pull the trigger if he did.

Krasovic added Rivers should've been intercepted a fourth time, but the defensive back dropped the likely pick-six.

Okay, so it was a bad game. Even Tom Brady has those once in awhile (I think). Regardless, this is becoming par for the course with Rivers, and based on the reaction of Chargers fans like Aaron Woolley for the SBNation blog Bolts From The Blue, the die-hards -- the few that remain after the team's move to LA -- are growing restless.

I hate to say it, but it may be the time to light a fire under his ass or wave goodbye to him at the end of this season. He is in no way worth the 20+ million they are shelling out for him right now.

Rivers has enjoyed a Hall of Fame-caliber career. He may very well pick apart an Eagles secondary that is reeling from injuries, and somewhat questionable to begin with. But Rivers is also approaching his 36th birthday in December, and his decline is inevitable, probably already ongoing.

The Eagles have to fly across the country this week and play a team that's tough in many areas. At this point, franchise quarterback may or may not be of those.

A look at Sixers' championship odds after round 1 win over Heat

A look at Sixers' championship odds after round 1 win over Heat

The Philadelphia 76ers and their fans absolutely relished the round 1 series victory over the Miami Heat. But enjoy it for a day or so and then it's time to look ahead.

The Sixers' round 2 opponent has yet to be determined. If the Celtics defeat the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, the Sixers would play in Boston on Saturday night at 8:00 pm to kick off the second round. If the Bucks keep the series alive tomorrow, the Sixers' first game of round 2 is TBD.

As JJ Redick said last night, this team has kept achieving its goals and setting new ones. 

"This group won 10 games two years ago, 28 games last year, we were 25-25 with 5 games to go before the All-Star break, so this is new to us as a group," Redick said. "The interesting thing that has happened is we've changed our goals now like four times. It was make the playoffs, it was win 50 games, it was home-court [advantage], then it was third seed. We don't feel any sense of complacency. This group is still hungry. We want more."

So how about an NBA title... this season? Of remarkable note: the Sixers opened up the season at +15000 to win the NBA championship and are now +850. That's wild.

Oddsmakers have the Sixers as the third-favorite, as of this morning, to win the 2018 NBA championship behind the Golden State Warriors (+105) and Houston Rockets (+160), according to both Bovada. Cleveland (+1000) and Toronto (+1100) aren't super far behind.

As for the Sixers' odds to win the East? How about a slight favorite, according to VegasInsider. Philly (8/5) is just a tiny bit ahead of Toronto (17/10) with Cleveland (3/1) being the only other team with a shot better than 20/1.

"We've got more to do," Brett Brown said last night.

An Eagles draft with less despair than usual


An Eagles draft with less despair than usual

The NFL Draft is an important time for every team, every year. There’s also no denying it’s less consequential for the Eagles in 2018 than any other point in franchise history – or at least feels that way.

That’s obviously not an attitude the front office was taking while preparing for this draft, nor is it the approach decision makers will use when they’re on the clock. There’s always room for improvement, and the Eagles perpetually have one eye on the future.

But outside the secret underground bunkers deep beneath the NovaCare Complex where the Eagles’ draft boards are set, not everybody views this year’s class with the same sense of urgency.

How can you? The Eagles currently own just one pick in the first three rounds, which means they will largely be bystanders during the first and second rounds of the draft. And the one selection they are schedule to make is the 32nd and final pick in the first round, greatly reducing the odds it will be an impact player.

Trades are inevitable as the Eagles try to add more choices – that perhaps more than the names of the players chosen might be the main source of intrigue. Still, there’s only so much the club can hope to accomplish with such limited firepower to start with.

There aren’t many areas a rookie would be expected to come in and produce immediately on this squad, anyway. I’m not sure if you heard, but the Eagles just won the Super Bowl and are set to return starters or regular contributors at every position.

Even from the simple standpoint the Eagles are finally world champions, the pressure is off compared to previous years.

None of which is intended to imply the draft isn’t of immense value to the Eagles since they lack picks, or holes, or because the fanbase is temporarily placated. Clearly, it would be a huge help if the front office hits on No. 32, or any of their five picks between rounds four through seven.

The Eagles can’t possibly depend on that happening, either. The prospects are already a lot more hit or miss by the end of the first round, after you’ve waited four hours. By the fourth, only the true draftniks or serious college football fans will recognize many of the names.

And that’s okay. In fact, it’s better than okay. For the first time since NFL draft coverage became a thing, there’s no need to obsess or despair over what the Eagles are going to do.

Partly because the Eagles can’t do much – partly because they’ve already done what they needed to do.