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Rivers: Lockout will make NFL players better

Posted on: June 26, 2011 5:25 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

It's commonly believed that the lockout -- now more than 100 days old! -- will result in some pretty shoddy football whenever the 2011 season begins. In fact, our own Mike Freeman inked a column about this, pointing out that reduced playbooks and less conditioning will 

But the opinion that the quality of football will suffer isn't universal; in fact, Freeman cited Falcons' coach Mike Smith as saying nothing much would change in that very piece. But Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers -- iyes, the same guy who's 'going stir crazy' amid the lockout -- has an entirely different, and somewhat surprising stance: he thinks the quality of the NFL's product will be "the best it's ever been."

"The level of play is going to be the best it’s ever been,” Rivers said, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Guys are going to be fresh -- mentally fresh, which is maybe more important than being physically fresh. For some guys it all runs together.

"Now, with it being how it's been, guys doing their different things, if it gets done like we hope, it’s going to be kind of like that lost toy you found."

I'd probably disagree with Rivers on his stance, but there's definitely something to his theory.

Football is about practice and repetition and whatnot, but it's also a job, and anyone who's ever held a job knows that never getting a break from work can cause mental stress and burn out even the most mentally tough of workers.

Of course, Rivers' theory is also contingent on the fact that NFL teams will get some training camp to prep for the season.

"Where the level of play could be hindered is if we don’t have a regular training camp," Rivers said. "If we get the regular four to six weeks, I think it's going to be as good as it's ever been."

If, as many people -- myself included -- believe, the lockout ends by the middle of July, it's entirely likely that we'll see teams get just enough practice time to test Rivers' notion.

And if he's correct, it's going to be pretty easy to forget this whole summer of discontent that's haunted the NFL.

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Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Rivers: Lockout will make NFL players better

He is a good QB.

But obviously a bit over optimistic when saying it will be the best ever.. lmao

Philip Rivers... Glad he Isn't QB'ing my team.

Statements like that make you look like a MORON!!!!!




Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Rivers: Lockout will make NFL players better

The "ring" argument is so tired.  Just cuz players don't win rings doesn't mean they suck.  Rivers is one of the top PLAYERS in the league.. not just QB, but player.  Haters will hate on him but if they had an opportunity to have him as a leader on their respective team.. they would shut up and give their first born for him.  As for the "ring" argument.... Rivers is humble and is passionate on the field.  He never insisted on being the best or even one of the best in the league.  This is where LeBron is wrong where we all know he insists that he's the best and he's a whiny little baby.  Rivers is not. 




Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Rivers: Lockout will make NFL players better

rivers is the man. chargers all the way



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Rivers: Lockout will make NFL players better

He's not delusional.  Haters will hate.  On the contrary, anyone who thinks Rivers isn't among the top players in the game is delusional.



Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:30 am
 

Rivers: Lockout will make NFL players better

This coming from a guy that plays for a team that is constantly unprepared for the football season, and can't play their best football until about week 7.  Maybe this is how the Chargers have been operating all along?  They don't even start practicing until like week 4. 



Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Rivers: Lockout will make NFL players better

and ive been rooting for this guy.no wonder he cant win a super bowl he is very dilussional if he thinks that way.




Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Rivers: Lockout will make NFL players better

 

Rivers: Lockout will make NFL players better

anyone who's ever held a job knows that never getting a break from work can cause mental stress and burn out even the most mentally tough of workers
Right, so what do you call that 90 day break from work between February and May????
I know I don't get 90 days off in a row.
They're still in training but, they're really contract workers/independent contractors.  Many ICs take 90 day breaks.  A lot of jobs are seasonal, or close down in the winter because you can't do anything at that time.  Some people rotate those jobs, others just take that time off. 


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