Using the Brissett Standard
1: Didn't get rid of the ball fast enough. Gotta get that out of your hands faster.
2: There were at least 2 open receivers that he completely failed to see and instead forced a throw to the guy in coverage
3: Gets spooked by the rush on the blind side and throws a wounded duck that a 6 year old could have intercepted
4: Absolutely clean pocket. They were only down 7 with 4 minutes to play. Why are you going that deep out of a clean pocket with 2 guys wide open past the yellow line?
Using the Common Sense Standard
1: #25 missed his blocking assignment, should have been doubling with #79 to block the edge rusher
2: #79 was again overpowered, forcing Rivers to make a hasty throw, and the DB was baiting the throw and ready to jump the lain, which Rivers didn't have time to spot before he had to get the ball out of his hand. More "good defense" than "bad offense" there IMHO. Again, the running back is trying to get open when he should be helping his left guard.
3: #79 had a lot more to do with that pick than Rivers did, once again getting completely overpowered and forcing a hasty throw. Again, at this point I have to blame the OC, #79 clearly needs help and just as clearly isn't getting it.
4: Left Guard is finally getting help, running back (not #25, he seems to have been benched) stays in to block, and the pocket stays clean enough that Rivers has a good opportunity to throw. He makes a bad decision, trying to do too much with open guys for shorter throws and gets picked.
This is the first one I can say is 100% on Rivers. There's no reason to make that throw, what you need to do in that situation is march down the field, the defense is going to concentrate on not letting you have exactly that throw, leaving open men in shorter distances. This is basically Tom Brady's strategy in every close and late situation, but as is rather painfully obvious, Rivers is no Brady.
Once again spotlight on #25 who is absolutely not even trying to be a running back in this formation. He takes a worthless position again and again, then breaks late to get open while the left guard is getting bull rushed, he is doing nothing useful while the pocket falls apart.
At this point any competent head coach would be tearing #25 a new one in the film room, he NEEDS to be helping the left guard!
Another thing that Ballard does relatively regularly is - he identifies weak spots and then doubles and triples on them in the off-season in an attempt to fix them(OL, LB...). He seems to be a fan of the philosophy of the more shots at a target, the higher the chance you hit. When leaving his press-conference he said to the gathered journalists "you all ask me about the WRs, and I'm much more focused on the trenches" so... After the trade for Buckner the mock drafts giving us a DT high in the draft have been few and far between... so... here's another unexpected/surprising one from me - we get a DT on day 2... one of the Ross Blacklock, Justin Madubuike, Jordan Elliot, Neville Gallimore, Marlon Davidson group of R2 DTs.