Chargers' source: Gates looks 'old and fat'

Yahoo's Michael Silver delved into quarterback Philip Rivers' struggles that continued Sunday with three more interceptions (two returned for scores) in the San Diego Chargers' loss to Green Bay,

Rivers now has 14 picks for the year, but Silver surmises that all the blood for the Chargers' recent woes should not be on the quarterback's hands alone.

Silver targets Chargers general manager A.J. Smith for not putting enough good weapons around Rivers, and also quotes a Chargers team source as saying that long-time tight end Antonio Gates now looks "old and fat." Not exactly the greatest description on a scouting report.

Whatever their problems, the Chargers have lost three straight and now find themselves in a three-way tie with the Raiders and Chiefs in the AFC West at 4-4 with a Thursday home game against Oakland looming.

Rivers is the biggest potential difference maker in the AFC West, and the Chargers have a history of rallying the troops after previous slumps. But right now, Rivers and the Chargers are far from joining the upper echelon in the AFC.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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