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Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:59 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 1:55 pm
V. Jackson sits in dejection as Denver beat San Diego (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Slightly lost in the bright light emanating off Tim Tebow and his teammates in Denver’s overtime win against San Diego on Sunday was the fact the Chargers lost their sixth-straight contest after a 4-1 start.

That means they most likely can forget about making the playoffs, and coach Norv Turner can forget about coaching next season in San Diego. That means general manager A.J. Smith’s job also might be in danger.

So, what the hell went wrong with this team (aside from Sunday’s Tebowing experience)? Could be just plain old stupidity.

“We do the dumbest (stuff),” Shaun Phillips screamed out loud after the game, via the San Diego Union Tribune. “I’ve never been on a team that does the dumbest (stuff) all the time.”

And the worst part of that is …?

“It comes at the worst times,” left tackle Brandyn Dombrowski said. “… We’re killing ourselves.”

Remember, the Chargers actually took a 10-0 lead vs. Denver and looked decent enough in the early part of the game, and you had to figure that if they built a big lead, the Broncos would have to rely on their passing game -- which, as we know, is hardly their biggest strength.

Even though Tebow didn’t complete his first pass until late in the first half, the Chargers couldn’t take enough of an advantage and build up a big enough lead. Plus, they kept making those same silly mistakes that have plagued them all the way to a 4-7 record.

Or as Phillips said, “We keep doing the same old caca, then you’re going to keep getting caca.”

But credit goes to Philip Rivers, the quarterback in the league who’s had the most disappointing year, for the best quote of the day about the state of his team.

“It’s just snowballed out of control,” Philip Rivers said. “… There’s nothing I can say to make it sound good. It’s about as bad as it gets.”

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Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:43 am

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control' looks as if though i may have touched a nerve but the whole wrong turn and backwoods thing is relevant in what way???.......Oh wait being a WV fan must mean that im from West Virginia and you being a Charger fan must mean your from Cal....Ok so now the backwoods thing is relevant and the movies are all real...Well either way Rivers is a super talent as with Romo but as with Romo he is also a super bonehead at the most critical times.....Hell i can post Romo's #'s if you like....They're spectacular in alot of ways as Rivers but the one statistic you failed to post of all those "super winners" is that the other three(Brees,Eli,and Big Ben) all have rings furthermore would you seriously rather have him(Rivers) over Brees or Big Ben....if nothing else they have atleast proven themselves when it counts the most
Bottom Line is that Rivers is a good qb but has a knack for occasional stupidity when it counts and being backwoods is sometimes better than taking a wrong turn such as letting Brees walk

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:04 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

@Taggl - West Virginia huh?  Isn't that where Wrong Turn was filmed?  Anyways, contrary to your backwoods thinking here are some career stats you might find interesting: Rivers: 1820/2874 for 22872 yds. 152 TD 75 INT  Brees: 3468/5282 for 38955 yds 262 TD 153 INT  Roethlisberger: 2011/3185 for 25572 yds 161 TD 96 INT  Eli: 2185/3734 for 26004 yds 176 TD 123 INT  - Not to mention QB Rating.  Looks like even with all the Int's he's thrown this year , he is the only one (from all these "super" winners) to have less than 50% interceptions as compared to TD's.  Stats don't lie, but "doggonit" backwoods countrymen  sure as heck do.

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:20 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

Phillip Rivers is Tony Romo of the AFC........Norv Turner is not a great coach but he's also not the worst coach.....same ol' caca is that too many blame a coach for the decisions made by a bunch of KIDS........If someone is to blame it needs to be above Turner(uhhh...Mr. Smith!) to a point but responsibilty beyond that of the field with the talent that the chargers put on it every sunday has to fall somewhere other than the sidelines......Turner should be allowed to be a bonehead at times with that talent....Bottom Line is that Responsibility and Accountability should come first on the field but it will not!....For years now i have watched this team and laughed for they have played with the same discipline that their fearless leader does at QB...Dude has had some great sideline Antics!

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:20 am

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

Norv Turner to go to the Cowboys Offensive Coordinator!

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:52 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

All these replys are Hurting my HEAD!!   and because they are sooo damm TRUE!!   I love my CHARGERS.  and watching them week after week just getting worse and worse is really starting to suck...  You know when you have a NORV MUST GO facebook page your doing something right!!  WTG.... I really hope Dean Spanos lets the door kick AJ Smith and Norvs ass on their way out.... pleeeze!!!   or it is just their secret plan to SUCK, so all the fans get upset and could careless if the team leaves SD!!  that would suck harder!!!

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:29 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

Watching Philip Rivers play last Sunday against the Broncos (my team), I thought he was awful.  Normally when you see something like that, the quarterback is hurt, but they don't want to announce it so other teams won't go after him to get rid of him. 

I won't be surprised if at the end of the season we find out he's been hurt and is having an operation to take care of something.   

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:08 am

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

What did the 49ers do to go from being one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL a year ago to being in the top 3 this year?  Oh I remember, we hired their awful D Coordinator to coach our pathetically "soft" D.  Seriously,  San Fran lost an All Pro DB in Free Agency as well as two of their starting linebackers (who are now part of our problem).  HEY DEAN SPANOS, maybe by bringing in a STRONG head coach (Harbaugh), enabled them to become a STRONG team, across the board.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:00 am

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

"Make no mistake, the Chargers are in a rebuilding era and they have been for a few years now..."

Well, if you want to look at it that way then you could say every team in the NFL is in a "rebuilding era."  Puhlease. Every team has to make changes year-over-year. That doesn't mean they're in a "rebuilding" mode any more than it does making halftime adjustments.

The problem with the Chargers first and foremost is AJ Smith. He is getting exactly what he bargained for:

1) Sent Drew Brees packing because of his man-crush on Rivers. (Compare the two and tell me who's done what?)
2) Sent Marty Schottenheimer packing only because he couldn't beat Belicheat.
3) Brought in Norv Turner as the guy who could...yeah, right!
3) Sent LT packing since he fel
t he was done in 2010, and got yet another man-crush on that runner down in Fresno. (Again, let's compare how 2010 fared for LT vs Mathews?)
4) Played the game of hard-ball chicken with one of the best WR's in the league last year...look at how things turned out in a year they had a serious shot at a SB birth?

I can go on and on, but why?  There's a leadership issue with this team that starts with Smith and ends with Turner. Until that gets "rebuilt" they're simply not going anywhere except wherever the NFL scheduling committee places them. 

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:45 am

I don't get it.

For the past 4 years, I have said at the beginning of the season, "the chargers are going to be awesome". I guess I give up on this team. I thought they had something special. 

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:30 am

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

It's ironic, since I have been saying that this hasn't been a good team for a few years now, and it all comes back to Norv Turner as the head coach (who I had said would never lead this team to a Super Bowl so long as he was the head coach) and A.J. Smith who has made some terrible decisions.  Getting rid of Schottenhiemer, despite the 14-2 season, was a good move.  The guy has one of the worst playoff records of any coach out there, and mostly for one reason: in the playoffs, he plays not to lose, instead of to win.  How else can you explain why the #1 running back in the league in L.T. touches the ball like 7 times in the entire second half?  Inexcusable.

So, the Chargers trade one head coach who is good for the regular season, and not the playoffs, for a head coach who isn't good in the regular season or the playoffs.  He inherited a talented bunch of guys and proceeded to dismantle the team by his lack of discipline and ineptitude as a play-calling head coach.  Turner is one of the greats for offensive coordinator.  His talent ends there.

Now, you have a Chargers team that has been riddled with injuries.  So what.  I said this team wasn't going to win 5 games this season, and I'm still on pace to be proven right, although I don't think they will win another game at all the rest of the way.  The Jaguars next week are their last chance, and away on Monday night, the Chargers are poised to fail miserably.

The team has holes at nearly every position.  No defense, no offense pretty much sums it up.  And now, after watching them this past week, they now have no heart either.  They looked like a team that flat out didn't care how they performed, and it showed.  I saw some of the worst tackling I've ever seen on Sunday.  I would have bet money that the defense couldn't tackle a stationary blow-up doll.  

The San Diego Chargers are about as low as a team can get because they've lost their heart and they have no backbone.  

Right now, I'm just waiting for the season to end so that some big changes will (hopefully!) happen:

1.  Fire A.J. Smith
2.  Fire Norv Turner
3.  Fire the Defensive Coordinator (I could have called a better defensive scheme than what that idiot did against Denver)

Make no mistake, the Chargers are in a rebuilding era and they have been for a few years's only taken until now for people to wake up and realize that the decay of the San Diego Chargers has been going on for a while now.     &

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