The Bolts upgraded at QB by letting a legend walk. Bucky Brooks alongside Jonas Knox explains how the Los Angeles Chargers are a better team with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. This statement isn't a slight to the team's QB1 of the future, rookie Justin Herbert, but it is an acknowledgment that the understated veteran is a significant improvement over his predecessor at the position, Philip Rivers. Despite Rivers' Hall of Fame-worthy resume, his gunslinger approach and reckless playing style prevented the Bolts from reaching their potential last season.
With the silly mistakes and careless turnovers (23 giveaways), Rivers' suspect ball security played a major role in the Chargers' 2-9 record in games decided by seven points or fewer in 2019. Taylor is on the opposite end of the spectrum as a steady QB with a conservative playing style. He has 25 giveaways (20 interceptions, five fumbles lost) in his nine-year career (46 starts) with an interception percentage (1.5%) that ranks as one of the lowest in NFL history.
Sure, he might miss out on some of the big plays Rivers -- who signed with the Colts this offseason after 16 years with the Chargers -- was able to convert by taking chances, but given the impact of turnovers on the outcome of games, Bucky believe Taylor's ability to take care of the ball makes him a better fit for a Los Angeles team looking to get back into the playoffs after a highly disappointing 5-11 season.
Read more of Bucky's scouting notes here.