Much like every off-season, the news is in short supply, and small stories can be blown out of proportion. The latest occurrence of this situation is the news that long-time Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has moved to the state of Florida. Of course, after hearing such news, fans and media alike began to speculate that the aging quarterback would be playing for one of the three Florida teams this coming season. Would he be a good fit for Tampa?
Let’s take a look at the stat lines. In many ways, Winston and Rivers had a very similar season. Rivers threw for a whopping 4,615 yards, 23 TDs, and 20 INTs. Winston, as many of us know, threw for 5,109 yards, 33 TDs, and 30 INTs. Both QB’s have that “boom or bust” quality to them. Every throw could warrant something incredible or something disastrous. Although Jameis has a slight edge in stat lines, they are generally very similar to each other, and it would be tough to make a decision on stats alone.
In my opinion, Philip Rivers is a 38-year-old, declining QB. The most you will get out of him is another 2 seasons. We know what he is, he’s played 16 seasons in the NFL, there is no changing what he is at this point in his career. Tampa making a move for Rivers makes little sense because you are essentially trading in a young, promising QB, for someone who may only play one more season. He would also have to learn a brand new system in Tampa, and we all know how difficult Arians’ system is to pick up on. Adding in a previously turnover prone QB, who only has 1 season left, is not what Tampa needs. Keep Jameis Winston, in whatever capacity, (Contract extension/Franchise tag), and start building this team around him.