“Elusive” Philip RiversNovember 9th, 2012
There are a lot of things fans could call Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Thin-skinned, prickly, obnoxious are a few that come to mind.
But also terms like stud, rocket-armed and gutsy are equally accurate.
How about “elusive?” Well, that word wouldn’t jump right out at Joe. Rivers always reminded Joe of a classic throw-back, statue of a quarterback with no wheels.
That’s not an accurate description of Rivers, so a few Bucs defenders told Joe. In fact, the word “elusive” was thrown out more than a few times.
“He is sneaky elusive,” Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “He can slip you. I’m not saying he can scramble. There is a difference between being able to scramble and being elusive. He can slip you and make the throws.”
Bucs linebacker Quincy Black agreed with GMC.
“He can buy time in the pocket,” Black said. “That’s what elite quarterbacks do, they find a way to be elusive.”
Fellow Bucs linebacker Mason Foster was a bit more descriptive in how Rivers, not fleet of foot, avoids the pass rush.
“He buys time by sliding to his left or fight to avoid rushes and get ball to athletic playmakers,” Foster said.
Given how the Bucs pass rush isn’t scaring anyone outside of Bucs fans this season, Bucs defenders know they have a large task at hand in trying to stop Rivers.
“Last time he came down here he lit us up,” Black said of the 2008 Bucs home game that almost knocked the Bucs out of playoff contention. In that 41-24 loss to the Chargers, Rivers tossed four touchdowns, two in the fourth quarter.
“We are always working to get better, each and every week,” Foster said of the porous pass defense. “That is one of the main points we focus on.”
At least for one Sunday, GMC won’t be a fan of Rivers.
“I am actually a fan of his throwing style,” GMC said. “It looks cool.”