Rivers, in two years, has been paid some $14 million to basically be Drew Brees' caddy. He's played sparingly in just three games -- and Saturday won't be any different.
Those knowing coach Marty Schottenheimer realize all too well he's going for a victory against the visiting Denver Broncos. Rivers and other backups can show their stuff some other time -- Schottenheimer isn't hiding his ambition to close out the season on a winning note.
"I understand those who might say, 'Play Philip,' and all, but that's not the way the National Football League, in my view, is set up," Schottenheimer said. "Our goal is to get our 10th victory."
"That's our single and sole objective, and with that in mind, we will play everybody that is healthy enough to play. Our starters will start, our starters will play. We have one objective, and that is to get to 10-6, and that is the way we move forward in this final week."
The pain of Saturday's loss still hangs over the Chargers. After winning the AFC West last year with a 12-4 mark, the organization had big plans for this year. Not only were the Chargers expected to make the playoffs, but they were hoping to make some noise once they got there.
But Saturday's stumble in Kansas City, combined with five losses by a total of 14 points, have the Chargers on the outside looking in for the ninth time in 10 years.
"We're very disappointed, but we are going to look at and see what we can do to improve for this week," Schottenheimer said.
If the Chargers prevail, it would be the first time since 1980-81 they recorded double-digit victories in consecutive years. But of both those teams made the playoffs.
"We fell short of our goal, clearly, and that was to win the championship," Schottenheimer said. "But I wouldn't say that it is a team that underachieved."
However, it is a team that's staying home in January, regardless of what happens on Saturday.
"We'd been embarrassed, but we were getting tired of the talk that this defense was no good, didn't have any good players, couldn't tackle or that nonsense," said Chiefs cornerback Patrick Surtain, whose interception at the Chiefs 17 stopped a San Diego scoring threat on the first series of the second half. "As a professional, you want to redeem yourself after something like that, especially against a good offense like San Diego's.
"Just holding a great running back like LaDainian to under 50 yards is pretty special."
Bhawoh Jue said there was no reason for the Chargers to be so flat on Saturday. "At this point of the season, where they is so much at stake, there is no excuse," he said.