But just as quickly as Rivers' career seemed to stonewall, the former North Carolina State product returned to his former Pro Bowl caliber glory and lead the Chargers into the postseason.
That's a path newly minted Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Matt Schaub wants to recreate in Northern California as the former Houston Texans quarterback has been hinting that he could be in the midst of a 'Philip Rivers' style rebirth.
So what's different for Schaub now that he's out of Texas? Well, it seems to be an offensive freedom mixed with a combination of solid offensive weapons, though it's not as if the Texans trapped Schaub in a box with talentless players.
Regardless, the signal caller seems to have a new found appreciation for his starting gig in Oakland and seems poised to make the most of it.
Along with the return of running back Darren McFadden, the Raiders have added Maurice Jones-Drew to the backfield. James Jones, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, will anchor the wide receiver corps, which has been transformed from mild obscurity to one of the deeper collections in the league.
The offensive line may still need a little patchwork, but otherwise Schaub seems to have all the right pieces aligned for a career resurgence.