Recently, articles on Rivers and Wilson have appeared in the News and Observer and in USA Today. In an article in USA Today entitled "Rivers not bothered lagging behind draftmates Eli, Big Ben" the following was written:
For all of the gaudy numbers the San Diego Chargers star has amassed in becoming one of the league's most prolific passers, it is an unkind bottom-line statistic:
- Manning, 2
- Roethlisberger, 2
- Rivers, 0
Rivers response to his lack of a Super Bowl win was as follows:
"It doesn't give me any more motivation," Rivers told USA TODAY Sports after Monday afternoon's practice. "That's not what makes me want to win. It's there, it's known, but it's not like, 'Now I really want to help us win.'
The USA Today also published another article on Rivers entitled "Frustrated Philip Rivers tired of getting picked off". In this article the following was written:
Philip Rivers, his sometimes frenetic quarterback, launched a perfectly timed throw to receiver Malcom Floyd on a post pattern that in a real game would have covered more than 50 yards, probably for a touchdown. Rivers made it look easy, flicking the football as the pocket collapsed.
"Those are tight quarters," Turner said Monday. "That's what he can do. He doesn't need a lot of room if he's got time."
Arm strength. Check.
Rivers, a ninth-year pro, has been one of the NFL's most productive passers in recent years, but last season — when the Chargers stumbled to an 8-8 finish and missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season — too many of the throws weren't as smooth as the practice example Turner presented. Rivers threw a career-high 20 interceptions, a glaring reflection of a larger picture.
With the retirement of Ladanian Tomlison and the aging of Antonio Gates, Rivers does not have the weapons surrounding him that he once had. Was he pressing last year due to feeling that he had to make up for San Diego's poor defense and the lack of other offensive stars? However, things could be better this season if Gates is healthy.
In the article in the News and Observer the following was written:
It took Russell Wilson less than one game -- one NFL exhibition game at that -- to create a big stir in the Seattle Seahawks’ preseason camp.
When the former N.C. State and Wisconsin quarterback didn’t get picked until the third round of the April draft, there was speculation among talent pundits that Wilson wouldn’t even get the proverbial cup of Gatorade.
But by the end of Seattle’s 27-17 victory over Tennessee on Saturday, Seahawks fans were in a dither. So was head coach Pete Carroll, who is now trying to decide whether to start Wilson or veteran Matt Flynn this Saturday in an exhibition at Denver.
Although the 5-foot-11 Wilson worked primarily against Tennessee’s second-string defense, his pro debut was a basically a replay of what he did in three seasons at State and one at Wisconsin. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 124 yards with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards and then added a 32-yard scoring run.
Here is hoping that N.C. State fans have two quarterbacks starting for their respective NFL teams.