Posted by Ryan Wilson
Philip Rivers is often mentioned as one of the NFL's best quarterbacks. The unquestioned leader in San Diego, he was part of a 2004 draft class that included Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. Poll 100 fans, and the majority would take Rivers over the other two, even though he's the only one without a Super Bowl ring. Which just reinforces the point that it takes more than a franchise QB to win championships (although it's almost impossible to pull off without one).
Like most players, the lockout has left Rivers with no day job and a lot of time on his hands. To keep busy, he has organized team workouts to keep some semblance of order amid and otherwise weird offseason.
On Wednesday, Rivers spoke with XX Sports Radio (via SportsRadioInterviews.com) in San Diego about everything from an eight-game season to whether the UFL (!) would be an option if the NFL season is pushed back or canceled.
The league has contingency plans for a shortened schedule should it come to that. And while it's not something anybody wants, recent history suggests that it won't have much of an impact on the eventual champion. Which might explain why, in Rivers' mind, whether eight games or 16, a Super Bowl title is a Super Bowl title.
“Oh, eight game season (is) crazy," Rivers said. "Shoot you only played 10 in high school. Play eight, get in, let’s go. It counts the same.
"I certainly won’t feel bad if that’s the case and we’re able to go on and win it. Definitely eight games over no season. Certainly prefer 16 over eight, but there needs to be football of some sort. I’m not ready to concede to the fact that eight games is a possibility. We still have two months to get something done.”
Rivers admitted that he "just can't really even believe [a lockout] can happen" because "I don't have a back-up plan." He even went so far as to tell his wife that "I’m playing football somewhere, sometime this season."
That led to the inevitable follow-up about if that meant the UFL was an option.
“No... . I’m not going that far. I just can’t imagine not playing football and it’s not happening. I think everybody else feels the same way. Hopefully both sides with this lawsuit and negotiations feel the same way too. Ultimately it’s like that research paper that’s due, you’ve known it for three months but for some reason you’re sitting up at the last night typing it at midnight. It’s not midnight yet…"
Translation: "I love football, but not enough to risk the rest of my career, millions of dollars, and the chance at some titles just to play with the Sacramento Mountain Lions."
For now, Rivers, like the rest of us, waits. Just don't expect him to keep you updated on his offseason goings on via Twitter because he's not a fan. “I understand it can be a great tool and it can be super positive," he said. "It just seems to me to be something else to manage that doesn’t seem to be necessary.”
We have no idea what you're talking about, Philip.
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