LOS ANGELES, Calif. - As Philip Rivers, the team's quarterback for the past 16 seasons, exits into free agency - the Los Angeles Chargers might not need to look far for his replacement. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, a Hampton native and former Virginia Tech standout, has the support of a power broker: his head coach.
During an appearance on the Petros and Money show on AM 570 in Los Angeles, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn praised Taylor, last season's backup QB, and suggested he could take over for the departed Rivers.
“We couldn’t have a better backup right now, and now he has an opportunity to maybe step up into a starting role," Lynn told the show. "I’ve had Tyrod before [in Buffalo], and I know what this young man brings to the table, in the passing game and the running game. One of the things he does very well is take care of the football. I believe every year he’s started in this league he’s been the No. 1 quarterback in taking care of the football. I believe more games are lost than won. So if we can just take care of the football and take it away, we’ll be OK.”
During his nine-year NFL career, Taylor has 70 touchdowns (54 passing) and 20 interceptions. Last season, his first with L.A., Taylor played in eight games - throwing just six passes.