Everyone knows that the quarterback is almost always the most important player on the team, and as far as the Chargers go, their quarterback is by far and away their most important, this determined by NFL.com – who talked about teams where the QB is the most important player on the team.
San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers
Second-best player: Antonio Gates, TE
Rivers makes the Chargers nearly perennial contenders despite being stuck with a supporting cast that, Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson aside, has been less than extraordinary for much of his nine seasons as San Diego’s starter. He has kind of a sixth sense, reminiscent of Dan Marino, that allows him to get rid of the ball before the pass rush can get to him. He’s an intense competitor; if you’re playing the Bolts, you don’t want to see him take the ball with the game on the line in the closing moments. He’s also been dependable, starting 16 games per year since 2006. It’s hard to be critical of a guy who threw for 4,286 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2014 despite, for all intents and purposes, not having a running game to back him up. But the fact is, the lack of talent around him is holding him back to a greater degree than it is some of the other quarterbacks listed.