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Frank Reich is “very optimistic” Philip Rivers wants to play multiple years

Philip Rivers is on a one-year contract and is set to coach high school when he retires, but Frank Reich believes his coaching days are still very much in the future.

Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on from the sideline during the game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Philip Rivers, the new quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, is currently on a one-year, $25 million contract with the team and recently was named the head football coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama — pending his eventual retirement. That puts his 2021 status in question, but coach Frank Reich said on Monday, “I can just tell you I really believe it’s Philip (Rivers’) intent to play multiple years (with the Colts) ... I’m very optimistic it will be a multiple year thing,” per Zak Keefer of The Athletic.

If Rivers does return, much will depend on how well he plays this season. He should be an upgrade on Jacoby Brissett and a good fit for the Chargers offense, but he was laboring last season with the Chargers. A better offensive line and change of scenery should be enough to help him to a positive season, but he will need to limit his interceptions from his 20 last season, especially in the Colts system.

I assume that Reich is correct in saying that Rivers would like to continue playing after this season, as he is one of the most competitive players in the NFL. He’s so competitive that he needs to have a high school coaching job lined up so he doesn’t get a lull in action for too long after retirement. As long as his arm can get it done, I expect him to continue for as long as possible.