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Rivers' biggest problem has been decision making

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By Eli Kaberon

No quarterback can be expected to have great success behind a subpar offensive line, which is what the Chargers have now that they are down three starters up front. Still, we hear that Philip Rivers' problems go way beyond a lack of protection and that a lot of his struggles are because he's trying to force plays that aren't available. 

Rivers leads the NFL with 15 interceptions, and according to a source, the former Pro Bowler is passing up good throws to try and make great ones. That was the case in Week 10, when instead of throwing to Antonio Gates over the middle for what would have been a 10-yard completion, he threw to a double-covered Vincent Jackson in the endzone on a pass that was picked off. On several occasions this season, Rivers has passed up open targets in an attempt to force bigger plays down the field.

Rivers is battling a sternum injury that has disrupted his mechanics, and there have been some questions about the effort his receivers have given this season. Yet it's the decision making and his knack for not taking what's available that has really cost the Chargers.

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