Colts hoping for lucrative payoff from betting big on Rivers

Colts hoping for lucrative payoff from betting big on Rivers

— Frank Reich jumped right into research mode when he knew Philip Rivers would hit free agency. The Indianapolis Colts coach studied tapes of Rivers' throws from an uncharacteristically poor 2019 season to compare with those he made earlier in his career. Reich saw no difference. When offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni and tight ends coach Jason Michael concurred with Reich's opinion, general manager Chris Ballard went all in on a 38-year-old quarterback the Colts believe can make them a title contender. “I really think he’s the same player he was five years ago physically and he’s taken good care of his body," Reich said recently. “I think he’s at a stage in his career where this is the right thing, this is a great move for him. He’s a great fit for us." There's plenty to like about Rivers. He has a reputation as the consummate pro and as a family man, active in the community. He understands the offense and the philosophy of Indy's offensive brain trust after spending three seasons in San Diego working with Reich, Sirianni and Michael. He even has a resume to back up his trash talk. The eight-time Pro Bowler needs 60 completions, 2,091 yards and 24 TD passes to move past Dan Marino for No. 5 all-time in each category. Rivers needs 729 yards and three TD passes to become the sixth player in league history to throw for 60,000 yards and 400 TDs. He shattered Chargers career passing marks ...
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