Rivers, however, is just fine where he is.
"I guess I should take that as a compliment," Rivers said, via ESPN.com. "But at the same time, nobody should feel sorry for me, really. I have an opportunity to play quarterback in the NFL, live here and play here.
"My faith, my family and this football is more than I could ever imagine as an 8-year-old little boy. Yeah, we're in a tough stretch, but there doesn't need to be any sympathy for me. I look at it as, while I honestly feel I'm playing pretty good, I look at it as my job is to find a way to lead us to win games. We've won five of 21 with me at quarterback, and I take responsibility for that, too."
Tomlinson, who unleashed his take during this week's GameDay Prime on NFL Network brought up an interesting point, though. We heard well-founded rumors about a potential trade during the 2015 NFL Draft, which would have netted the Chargers the opportunity to draft Marcus Mariota. If San Diego truly considered itself a rebuild, that would have been the time to do it.
He added: "The best thing to do, possibly, is trade him. Get something for him right now. Trade him to a contender and let this man get a chance to win a championship. That way you still get something for him."
It is a noble thought, and one that Rivers probably appreciated behind closed doors. Even if there doesn't seem to be a magic fit before the deadline -- the Dolphins? 49ers? Jets? And would any of those teams really be better than his current situation? -- there is something morose about imagining the end of Rivers' career sans Super Bowl.