posted on Sep, 6 2004 @ 09:17 PM
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 6, 2004) -- Drew Brees was selected the starting quarterback of the San Diego Chargers, a move that was expected after he followed
last season's miserable performance with a solid exhibition season.
Doug Flutie, 41, will be the backup, and Philip Rivers, the fourth pick in April's draft, will be the third-stringer. The Chargers also will carry
Cleo Lemon on the active roster.
"It doesn't really change anything for me," said Brees, who's 4-16 in his last 20 starts. "There's still a lot of work ahead, and that's what I'm
The Chargers, an NFL-worst 4-12 last year, open at Houston.
Brees has been steady in four exhibition games, two of which the Chargers won. Brees, the Chargers' opening day starter the past two years, was 31 of
45 for 432 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions this summer. In 15 series, he directed the Chargers to five touchdowns and a field goal.
Last year, Brees was benched for five games and yanked from others. He threw 11 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions.
Rivers missed 29 practices and two exhibition games during a holdout.