The Indianapolis Colts continue to have their name tossed around in the discussion and one player close to the quarterback seems to know why.
Melvin Gordon, who is also entering free agency at running back, played with Rivers and the Chargers. His thoughts on the matter are pretty simple.
“I think he goes to the Colts,” Gordon told CBS in an interview.
Before fans get too excited, Gordon made it very clear that he didn’t have any inside information adding, “I don’t know, that’s just my thought.”
The reasoning behind Gordon’s thinking is all the connections Rivers has to coaching in Indianapolis.
Offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni was an assistant with the Chargers for five years and Rivers has ties to Colts’ head coach Frank Reich, too.
Rivers had success right away when Reich became the quarterbacks coach for the Chargers in 2013. Rivers completed a league-high 69.5% of his passes for 32 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions. The season was his second best as a pro with a QBR (75.3).
Rivers production dipped in 2014 and 2015 with Reich as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator. Reich was eventually let go, but both Reich and Rivers have grown a lot since then.
“(The Colts) run the same playbook. So it would be easy. He could come right in and be telling guys what to do. He knows what’s going on already,” Gordon said. “We have history with the head coach, as well. It would be an easy plug-in. I think that’s probably the best fit.”
Gordon went to say that he tries not to speak to Rivers about free agency because so many people are asking him about his future. But that didn’t stop Gordon from giving his opinion one last time.
“I think the Colts, though.”