Los Angeles Chargers new head coach Anthony Lynn joined The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday and talked about the future of his franchise, especially with quarterback Philip Rivers. With the teams of Rivers’ fellow 2004 NFL Draftees Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning selecting quarterbacks in last week’s draft, which could be viewed as contingency plans at their positions, you’d think the Chargers would have also gone after Rivers’ future replacement.
However, according to Lynn, the organization has thought about their future at the quarterback position, but they are in absolutely no hurry to bring one in, because the 35-year-old veteran won’t be walking away anytime soon.
“Phil wants to play forever and that’s what you want in a quarterback,” Lynn said.
The first-time NFL head coach seemed to think Rivers has the right mentality about his future and believes he wouldn’t be fully in on his current job if he were talking about retirement plans.
“I’m always leery of these guys that tell me I think I’m going to play another year or two,” Lynn said. “I want the ones you got to push out, you got to run off. Those are the ones that love football and can’t get enough, and that’s how Philip is.”
In fact, the former NFL running back said Rivers is already in great shape for the upcoming season and has several good years left.
“He’s lost nine, ten pounds. [I] watched him run around the field with the younger guys. He looks rejuvenated, and he got a little zip on the ball,” Lynn said. “He can play, he can have some productive years. Three or four more productive years easily, in my mind.”
Lynn also talked about why his team did not bring in a future understudy for Rivers in last week’s draft.
“We did think about bringing in a young quarterback and just let him sit and watch and learn, but we weren’t going to reach for that guy,” Lynn said. “It had to be the right guy that we felt like could come in here and down the line maybe be the starter. I didn’t want to just bring a guy on the team, and so that guy wasn’t there, so we didn’t go in that direction.”