The NFL veteran quarterback carousel has began to spin for 2020. Whereas we wait on whether or not Tom Brady might be leaving the Patriots in free agency, we receivedconfirmationMonday that Philip Rivers and the Chargers willpartways.
Based on earlyodds, the Redskins are out of the high 5 potential touchdown locations as Rivers’ second NFL staff after 16 seasons with Los Angeles and San Diego. However despite the fact that Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Oakland are amongst the different groups contemplating aQB change, Washington represents the most snug state of affairs for Rivers and due to this fact the best fit.
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The Redskins now have Ron Rivera has their defensive-mindedcoach and Scott Turner as their offensive coordinator. Rivera was the Chargers’ defensive coordinator from 2008-10, which is also the high three-year stretch of Rivers’profession. That additionally got here underneath offensive-minded head coach Norv Turner, Scott’s father.
Relating to bridge quarterback late-career touchdown spots, familiarity is every little thing. The Redskins would supply Rivers loads of that. In addition they are sneaky spot for Rivers as a result of their QB state of affairs is shakier than you suppose.
Washington drafted Dwayne Haskinsat No. 15 overallin 2019, however that was with former staff president Bruce Allen, who was fired in December. There additionally was a disconnect with former coachJay Gruden, who was fired in October. Haskins wasn’t precisely Gruden’s form of QB, and the sluggish growth of Haskins in relation to fellow first-rounders Kyler Murray (Cardinals) and Daniel Jones (Giants) was evident.
Though Haskins completed his rookie season with two strong startingperformances towards the Eagles and the Giants, that was in a special West Coast-tinged offense underinterim coach Invoice Callahan. The Redskinswith Turnerare bringing a mixture of Erhardt-Perkins and Air Coryell ideas that Rivers, 38, is aware of inside-out as the staple of his profession.
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The Redskins’ new workers is basically beginning over with Haskins and with their 2019 bridge choice, Case Keenum, going into free agency. Their turning to Rivers makes excellent sense as Haskins faces the further problem of studying a brand new scheme. Though Washington is hopeful about Alex Smith, it stays unlikely he will be wholesome sufficient afterhis scary 2018 leg damage to contributein 2020.
Rivers additionally mightnot have the similar enchantment to different groups, given the open QB market might be flooded with Brady, Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston,Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota and Keenum, even with Dak Prescott and Drew Brees more likely to stay off the desk. There are solely so many certain beginning jobs, and Rivers is coming off one among his most inefficient seasons that included 20 interceptions.
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As a lot Rivera and Turner may want Rivers to maintain the Redskins extra aggressive coming off a 3-13 season, Rivers mightneed them to revive the strong veteran play hehad in 2018. With Washington, Rivers additionally is not removed from the Southeast.
Down in Florida, the place Rivers simply relocated his household, Miami is likely to be fantastic with Ryan Fitzpatrick bridging for another season, and in Tampa Bay, Bruce Arianslikely needs to keep away from one other turnover-prone gunslinger ought to the teammove on from Winston.
Rivers to theRedskins mightnot be the apparent selection, however from all of his potential pairings, it is the best.