Ian Eagle: Philip Rivers Doesn't Curse

"You would think it would slip out at some point," Ian Eagle said. "It doesn't."

Taz and the Moose
December 18, 2018 - 10:03 am

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Philip Rivers just turned 37, but you wouldn’t know it by his play on the field. The Chargers (11-3) are tied with the Chiefs (11-3) for the best record in the AFC and could finish with the second-best record in franchise history.

Rivers, with almost 4,000 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions, is the main reason why.

“He is one of those players that, I can tell you sincerely when he walks into the production meeting, he changes the dynamic,” Ian Eagle said on Taz & The Moose. “He is so into it and competitive. We’ve met with him so many times through the years. There are times when he walks in the room (a little quiet), and by the third question, he is going on and on, he’s talking a mile a minute, he’s looking around the room, he’s gesticulating – he’s just that kind of guy. I can see why players love being around him. The downside is he's so competitive when things aren't going well you don’t know how that manifests itself. But he’s so likable. He doesn’t curse, by the way.”

Not at teammates, not at opponents, not even at officials. 

“That’s a very definitive life decision by him,” Eagle sad. “He talks a lot. You talk to defensive players around the league, you cannot get him to curse. It’s an interesting dichotomy because of just how into it he is, you would think it would slip out at some point. It doesn’t.”

Especially not this season. The Chargers have won 10 of their last 11 games. The only setback? A one-point loss against Denver in Week 11.

“The Chargers are really talented,” Eagle said. “I had a bunch of their games this year. I had them early, and I was high on them before the season started. They play Kansas City in Week 1, and they get humbled. The reaction from around the league is, ‘Yeah, the Chargers, it’s just not going to come together for them again.’”

That, of course, was an overreaction. The Chargers rank in the top 10 in total offense, total defense, scoring offense and scoring defense. They are perhaps the most balanced team in football.

“Offensively, they’re so much more multiple than they used to be,” Eagle said. “Melvin Gordon has turned himself into a great runner/receiver. (Austin) Ekeler, the perfect change-of-pace (back) who can do so many things. And they’ve developed their talent very quickly. Love that Charger team.”

So do fans and other analysts.

“There’s a general feeling that Rivers deserves a long playoff run,” Eagle said, “that he’s done so much in his career, he’s been so competitive, he’s done it with subpar teams and some no-name talent around him, that he’s earned this right to go on at least one run and maybe take a shot at a Super Bowl.”

The Chargers will have that opportunity soon enough. They host Baltimore (8-6) this Saturday at 8:20 p.m. ET, and close the regular season in Denver (6-8) on Sunday, Dec. 30. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.