Bill Belichick gushes about Philip Rivers, compares him to Tom Brady, Peyton Manning

The Los Angeles Chargers will travel to New England this weekend to take on the Patriots, Tom Brady and a huge fan of Philip Rivers. That fan? Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick often refuses to say much when he’s asked questions about things he does not want to talk about. But on Wednesday, Belichick apparently wanted to talk about Rivers, who he compared to Brady and Peyton Manning — arguably the two greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

“I got to know him a little bit out there [at the Pro Bowl after the 2006 season] and he has a real thirst for knowledge. Not that there is a lot of scheme at the Pro Bowl, I’m not saying that. It’s one coverage, but the conversations lead beyond that, how to attack different schemes and so forth.

He’s been just as unassuming ever since, fun-loving, and with seemingly zero sense of entitlement. Working from walk-on to full scholarship in three percentage tiers has a way of keeping anyone humble.

“I went back home for a football game last year and all the kids were lined up wanting to take pictures with me and sign their stuff,” Goedert said. “They were giving me T-shirts to sign, their phones to sign, and I’m asking if their moms are OK with it. I’m wondering if I’m gonna be in the paper the next day for vandalizing people’s phones.”

Besides a sense of humor, there’s a confidence about him, even a little ego, but not too much.

He knows he’s good, but he’s still learning just how good, and so is the NFL.

Amari Cooper figures to benefit from his 210-yard and two touchdown performance against the the Chiefs. But is his catch rating going to be moving up? He was targeted 19 times. He caught 11 of them. There were times where he still looked like Sinjin Smith out there on the football field. But overall, you can’t deny his performance on the field.

The Rams are just 13 points away from surpassing their entire point total from 2016 (224).

Sean McVay deserves a lot of credit for Los Angeles’ offensive awakening, as do Todd Gurley, Jared Goff and the raft of new receivers — but the line is playing a huge role. When the Rams signed Andrew Whitworth, they added an athletic left tackle with unbelievable drive and attitude. He’s a special human, playing as well as any tackle in the league at 35 years old. Fellow signee John Sullivan has joined with Whitworth and holdovers Rodger Saffold, Jamon Brown and Rob Havenstein to help power the NFL’s top scoring offense (and ninth-ranked offense overall).

“I didn’t beat down his door to get him here,” SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier admits about his former walk-on.

At his own pace, and with his own style, Goedert’s become a favorite son of Britton, S.D., his hometown of only 1,250 residents. Scouting whispers are that he has the requisite physical tools to be the NFL’s next tight end matchup nightmare. Scouts will find their background work on the star of the FCS Jackrabbits to be, fittingly, something of a rabbit hole itself — full of the atypical.

We also should give a shout-out to another talented tight end, O.J. Howard, who had 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Bills. He was so open on one of those scores, I would have either thrown the controller or rage quit. Or both. And here’s a pro-tip for you kids. I learned a long time ago to wear a hat when I’m playing Madden. Because it’s much less damaging to the controller to toss the chapeau.

Oh, and you want another one? How about Tyreek Hill? He was so impressive against the Raiders this week as he hauled in six passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.