Chargers' Philip Rivers gets vote of confidence from new coach

Rivers may benefit with a new coach. (USATSI)

It's fair to say that San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has been off the past two seasons. After being one of the top-rated passers from 2008 through 2010, Rivers saw his production and efficiency sharply drop. That doesn't appear to be a concern for new head coach Mike McCoy, however.

Appearing on 850 KOA in Denver, McCoy said the Chargers were lucky to have Rivers.

"I think Philip's gonna do a great job with us," McCoy said, according to "We're very fortunate to have him here. A very talented player and a great guy to have as the face of your franchise."

A coaching change may be just what Rivers needs, since he's clearly capable of being an elite quarterback. Rivers was the top-rated passer in the league in 2008, just his third year as a starter. He finished third the next year and second following that, before two consecutive seasons outside the top 10. Rivers has been a turnover machine, giving the ball away 47 times in the past two seasons -- slightly better than Mark Sanchez.

At the very least, it sounds as if Rivers has a head coach that believes in him. McCoy has had success of late with quarterbacks, as he devised an offense in Denver that suited Tim Tebow one year and Peyton Mannining another.

It shouldn't be terribly difficult to find an offense that works for Rivers.

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