According to Pro Football Focus, new Indianapolis Colts veteran starting quarterback Philip Rivers has been ranked #64 on their PFF All-Decade Top 101 list over the past decade:
64. QB PHILIP RIVERS
Rounding out the bottom half of the second-tier of quarterbacks, Rivers has had a few ups and downs throughout his career, but he had six top-10 finishes during the decade. Even when it doesn’t look pretty, Rivers has the anticipation and feel to mitigate a decrease in arm strength, and he remains productive at all levels of the field. Even more impressively, Rivers played behind one of the worst pass-blocking offensive lines for the better part of the decade, yet he still stood in there and made big-time throws at a high level. The big criticism for Rivers is the lack of postseason success, but he’s one of the most underrated regular-season quarterbacks in NFL history and clearly one of the top eight signal-callers during the 2010s.
The main caveat here is that none of this actually occurred with the Colts—but with the San Diego and Los Angeles Chargers, as Rivers signed a 1-year, $25 million deal with Indianapolis earlier this offseason.
That being said, it’s still pretty impressive.
Over the past 10 seasons, Rivers has completed 3,701 of 5,677 passes (65.2%) for 44,320 passing yards, 291 passing touchdowns, and 153 interceptions during 160 consecutive career starts.
Of course, that’s completing 370 of 568 passes (65%) for 4,432 passing yards, 29 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions per season on average over that same span.
During the past decade, Rivers has become a 6x Pro Bowler, an NFL Comeback Player of the Year, NFL Passing Yards Leader, and NFL Completion Percentage Leader.
The Colts are hoping that with a strong offensive line, a “1-1” power running game punch with Marlon Mack and rookie Jonathan Taylor, and solid receiving options overall—as well as a reunion with his former offensive coordinator Frank Reich, that Rivers can have a rebound season in Indianapolis during the 2020 campaign.
Rivers threw for just 23 touchdowns to 20 interceptions last season, but a much needed change of scenery could really do him wonders entering his 18th NFL season.
If nothing else, the veteran gunslinger has shown the willingness to anticipate open throws, push the ball downfield, take chances, and work all levels of the field. Even if it comes with more turnovers, the Colts should ultimately end up scoring more points than last season—with greater big play ability.
Regardless, Rivers has consistently been one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks over the past decade, and the Colts are hoping that will continue into the early portion of the next one.