SAN DIEGO -- ESPN’s Kevin Seifert places San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on his weekly list of studs and duds for Week 12 of the NFL for his role in the resurrection of Philip Rivers. Seifert: “So who gets credit for Rivers' renaissance? Rivers, of course, and surely new Chargers coach Mike McCoy has played a role. But I submit Whisenhunt as a less-obvious recipient. Whisenhunt's work with Rivers and the Chargers' offense has reminded us how good he had the Arizona Cardinals going as head coach when he had competent personnel at quarterback. There will be more than a few NFL teams searching this winter for an offensive-minded head-coaching candidate with a history of elevating the play of quarterbacks. At this point, it's difficult to know how Whisenhunt couldn't qualify as a strong candidate for one of those jobs.”
Speaking of Rivers’ rebirth, ESPN Insider Louis Reddick breaks down how Rivers has made such an impressive comeback in this ESPN Insider piece.
ESPN Chiefs beat reporter Adam Teicher writes that the Chargers exposed some weaknesses in Kansas City’s stingy defense, using crossing routes to create some explosive plays.
Former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen writing for Bleacher Report has an excellent break down of Rivers' winning touchdown throw to Seyi Ajirotutu.
Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego says against Kansas City we might have seen the beginning of a succession at tight end from Antonio Gates to Ladarius Green.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that Ajirotutu silenced Arrowhead Stadium with his winning touchdown catch.
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com recaps the game.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated places San Diego at No. 15 on his Fine Fifteen list. King: “Hat tip to Antonio Gates. Here’s a basketball player at Kent State who took a flyer on football because he was the size-speed type of athlete to be a good tight end. Good call. Sunday in Kansas City, Gates became the fourth tight end in NFL history to pass the 700-catch and 9,000-yard plateaus. He now has 701 receptions and 9,006 yards. Don’t want to bum him out, but Gates needs only 600 catches to pass Tony Gonzalez.”