September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 4 comments

Painful to watch Philip Rivers "pick" up where he left off last season.

It's not just that Frank Reich and Chris Ballard saw possibilities in Rivers, it's that they went after him wholeheartedly and were ecstatic to get him ("this is our guy").

What was it they saw in his 2019 film that led them to believe that his arm still had something left in it?

Another year of a good OL in jeopardy of being wasted.

posted by beaverboard at 10:25 AM on September 14

The first pick was a terrible throw. He didn't plant his feet correctly and just side-heaved a soft pass into a crowd.

posted by rcade at 10:34 AM on September 14

His performance last year epitomized the "hanging on too long" trope for me. I watched that 4-int game against the Chiefs and just felt bad for everybody involved. I was somewhat surprised to see Reich so enthusiastic about bringing Rivers to the Colts; I know they have history, but I thought Reich would be more critical in his evaluation.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:37 PM on September 14

Some sports yakkers are trying to whisper Roethlisberger into the erosion discussion along with Brady, Brees and Rivers, but he doesn't look ready to join the club just yet. What mobility he had is gone - he actually looks less mobile than Brady - and the accuracy needs to be a bit sharper, but tonight his arm was in pretty good form.

posted by beaverboard at 12:42 AM on September 15

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