His first two seasons were spent on the bench behind Drew Brees but in the 2006-07 season, the reigns were passed to Rivers. He was to be the charge of the bolts and for some time it looked very promising.
At the time when Rivers took over the team, head coach Marty Schottenheimer made it no secret that the offense was to go through the best player on the planet (at the time) Ladanian Tomlinson. The following season, even with new head coach Norv Turner, the offense still decided to run through L.T. It wasn't until 2008 that Philip Rivers showed the world what he could do. With Ladanian Tomlinson not producing as much, Rivers stepped up to the plate with his first 4000 yard passing season, coupled with 34 touchdown passes.