So what do you do when your position on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers is shifting in the opposite direction of the optimism shared by head coach Frank Reich?
Doubts have a way of sticking after studying film into the early Friday morning hours of Rivers’ 20 interceptions with the L.A. Chargers last season. There’s a reason he became available, as is often said of any NFL free agent, which usually means buyer beware. This price tag is $25 million for 2020.
But then you hear Reich gush again about being reunited with Rivers — they were together when Reich was a Chargers assistant in 2013-15 — and the coach keeps making this sound like it’s the best thing to ever happen.
We’ve said that a couple of times where this is just a really unique opportunity,” Reich said on Tuesday. I can just tell you this and I know we still have to play games and all that stuff, and that’s the exciting part, but the further we get into this process with Philip, the more I’m convinced that was the right move for us.
This guy is an elite quarterback and I think went with this roster. We have to stay healthy and we have to get some breaks. We all know that. It’s hard. There’s a lot of good football teams out there. We have a lot to prove. We have a lot to prove and it’s not going to be easy. I just think the roster was right, the time was right and the opportunity was there.”
In times like these, an understandable fan reaction might include something like this: Frank Reich was an NFL quarterback and is a head coach, so he knows more about the position than you will ever forget.