Before last year’s draft, Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and quarterbacks coach Shane Steichen worked out Paxton Lynch at his Memphis pro day. And two years ago, a Chargers contingent that included Chargers GM Tom Telesco and then-head coach Mike McCoy traveled to Eugene, Oregon, to host a private workout with Marcus Mariota before the draft.
The Chargers were rumored to be involved in a potential trade with the Tennessee Titans to get into position to draft Mariota, something that never came to fruition.
In this interview with Xtra 1360 Fox Sports Radio, Rivers said he would be willing to serve as a mentor to any young signal-caller the team decides to add to the roster. The Chargers' current quarterback group is comprised of Rivers and backups Kellen Clemens and Mike Bercovici.
“I don’t think it’s my job or anything that I owe somebody,” Rivers said. “But it is nature -- coaching -- and I like to think I’m pretty charitable in the sense that I like to help people out, share and talk football.
“So I think if a young guy comes in here, I’m not in the top of my mind going to go, ‘Oh, I need to teach this guy.’ And yet, I’m not going to be a recluse and say, ‘Shoot, I’m not helping him out.’ I’m going to share whatever he wants and let him take whatever he likes, and how he can learn to be a pro. So I think it will happen organically without any concerted effort.”
Rivers, 35, is signed through the 2019 season and doesn’t appear ready to step down anytime soon. Even though he finished with a career-high 21 interceptions last year, Rivers earned his sixth trip to the Pro Bowl.
“I think it’s to be expected they’re going to get a young guy in the room to try and develop him and groom him,” Rivers said. “It doesn’t by any means really affect me. I think it’s healthy for me. … This thing doesn’t last forever. I have to get to playing better and keep this thing going as long as you can.
“As long as I do that, then whoever it is they bring in here, they’re going to sit for a while.”