It’s early in the NFL offseason, but listening to Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on The Jim Rome Show on Monday, you’d think the veteran was gearing up for a game this Sunday. While coupled with trying to capitalize on the twilight of his career and the franchise’s move to L.A., the 35-year-old is already fired up for the 2017 season.
“I do think that urgency can tend to creep naturally when you know you’re on the back stretch individually. I know I’m on the back stretch, but I think too, added to this has been this whole move,” Rivers said. “The sadness of leaving San Diego, but the excitedness and newness of going to a new place and new community and kind of a new start, fresh start. But knowing for myself, I don’t have another 14 years that I’m going to be able to build and start that up there. It’s got to happen right now.”
Rivers acknowledged that he initially struggled with the franchise’s potential move out of San Diego, but not this offseason.
“I did wrestle with all that, but when I signed the extension two years ago, it was with the intention of yes, I hope we stay here like anybody would, a place you’ve been for 13 years, developed a relationship in the community and all that you have here, a home here, but it was with signing knowing if we move I’m all in,” Rivers said. “And so, yes, it’s been a process because emotionally it’s been a whirlwind of the change, but as far as being all in, that’s never wavered.
“It’s different. I’m excited about it. We’re coming up there in a month. 10-plus sports teams in a market that we’re not from. [From] a player standpoint that’s new for all of us that we know we’re not the only show in town, we’re far from that, so we know we got to go up there and earn some trust and earn some fan base and earn respect and want to be a team that LA can say hey, that’s our football team, and I think we all are committed to getting that done.”
The six-time Pro Bowler emphasized he believes this team’s nucleus is close to winning a Super Bowl sooner rather than later.
“I believe we can get it done in these next 1, 2, 3, 4 years,” Rivers said. “I believe we are all most there to having the nucleus and the talent and the capability as a team to be where we were in that ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09 stretch, where truth be known we probably should have won two championships. We didn’t, but we had the roster and the ability to win in that stretch of years. ’06 through ’09 and I think we’re about back right there. And like I said, this division is tough, this league is tough, but we’re about right there, and that’s why I’m excited. I think we have one window while at least I’m right there.”