Philip Rivers: I wanted Peyton in Denver, Norv in San Diego
Asked Wednesday night on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access about Peyton Manning’s arrival to the Denver Broncos, Rivers responded: “I was probably one of the few people that was crazy enough to say it, but I was hoping he was going to Denver, and I say that with all respect. Certainly (he’ll) make it even tougher. ... We certainly can’t expect that 8-8 will get us in (the playoffs).
“I’ve always believed why wouldn’t you want to play the best? ... To me, any time you’re playing a Peyton Manning-led football team, it’s a challenge. But it’s what you dream about growing up as a kid.”
As for whether he lobbied team brass to retain Head Coach Norv Turner—who is perceived to be in a make-or-break season—after an 8-8 flop in 2011, Rivers offer a non-denial denial. “I was nothing more than wanting to be a voice for the locker room,” said the four-time Pro Bowler. “I wasn’t trying to persuade or do anything other than say what the guys in the locker room felt and that is a great deal of faith and belief in Coach Norv Turner.
This is the second time Rivers mentioned he wanted Peyton Manning to Denver, but the first time he admitted to being crazy.
We agree, Phil. You are crazy. And here's why: they say you should never bring a knife to a gun fight, but the reality is that you should never bring Norv Turner to any fight that involves--well, fighting.