Philip Rivers says he doesn’t know if he will retire or not; Colts’ Frank Reich wants QB back for 2021

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After a bitter end to his time with the Chargers, Philip Rivers proved in 2020 that he still had gas in the tank. In his first season with the Colts, Rivers led Indianapolis to an 11-5 record and a playoff appearance. He threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ 27-24 loss to the Bills in Saturday’s game.

Frank Reich said after Saturday’s loss that he wants the Rivers back, 39 years old for the 2021 season. Rivers, however, said he hasn’t made up his mind about his future. Rivers will play an 18th season in the NFL where he will begin his career as a high school head coach.

“If God wants me to be at Indy with the Colts next year, then I’ll be there,” Rivers said. via Zak Keefer de l’Athletic. “Otherwise, I’ll be on the sidelines with a ball on my head, leading the football. ”

Rivers was moved during his post-game press conference. He called the 2020 Colts “a special team to be a part of.” He admitted that part of his emotion was the fact that he didn’t know whether or not Saturday was his last game.

“Your 17th year, you’re about to turn 40 and you don’t know if this is the last time you’re going up the tunnel,” Rivers said, via George Bremer de The Herald bulletin “To develop the bond we had, it’s quite special. … We just thought it was the year. ”

Rivers also lamented Saturday’s missed opportunities. Ahead of 10-7, the Colts failed to score on the Bills’ 1-yard line late in the first half. The Bills attack quickly marked the touchdown of approval just before intermission. In their first possession of the second half, the Colts moved 60 yards on 14 plays before Rodrigo Blankenship’s 33-yard field goal attempt hit the right.

“We have not been outdone. It’s certain, ” Rivers said. “We went to the field. We just haven’t done the little things. ”

Rivers was right. The Colts offense won five more first downs than the Bills, had seven more conversions in the third and racked up 75 more yards. The Colts were just 2 of 5 in the red zone, while Buffalo’s offense, led by Josh Allen, capitalized on his two red zone opportunities. Shed 24-10 in the first quarter, touchdown passes from Rivers to Zach Pascal and Jack Doyle reduced the Colts’ deficit to three points. But the Colts’ comeback was ultimately short, with Rivers Hail Mary’s last-second pass falling short of the end zone.

While he hasn’t decided on his future, it’s clear the Colts want him to come back behind center for at least another year.

“Seventeen, I’ve never won one, and it puts everything on the line,” said linebacker Darius Leonard, via Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star. “Playing through the pain. Give us everything. … For us not to give him one this year, man, that sucks. “

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