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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: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:33 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

I love the Rivers haters using this crap season as an excuse to pile on Rivers. The guy is called on to win games for a team with an offensive line made up of guys walking in off the street and little to no running game to speak of and its his fault. Only Big Ben in Pittsburgh has been sacked more times than Rivers this year. All of his numbers are down this year, save passing attempts which are actually up from last year at this time. This is all while his average pass goes for 7 yards, good for 9th best among starting QBs. The bottom line is that this team stinks as a whole, but only Rivers is called upon week in and week out to bring this stinkheap Ws.

The fact that Norv Turner and AJ Smith needs to be fired is nothing new. Turner is a career loser as a head coach, and got handed the keys to the kingdom that Marty built, slowly eroding away the winning in postseason on a yearly basis. Look at the Chargers' records (Norv Turner was hired before the 2006-2007 season, after the Chargers went 14-2 the year before under Marty Schottenheimer:

07/08 - 11-5 (Lost AFC CHampionship game)
08/09 - 8-8 (Lost AFC Divisional Game 2nd Round)
09/10 - 13-3 (Lost AFC DIvisional Game 1st Round)
10/11 - 9-7 (Missed playoffs)
11/12 - Currently 4-7, in dead last in the worst division in the NFL

The most puzzling part about AJ and Norv's tenure together is that their rankings (offensive and defensive) league wide have gotten better while their performance has worsened. Allowing these two to continue running this team into the ground would be a fatal mistake by the Spanos family. The fanbase has clamored for change for years, especially given the firing of Schottenheimer for his inability to win big games and suspect playcalling in those games.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:24 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

he has mis-used matthews all year. much like the situation a couple of  years back with  thomas jones and jamal charles, damm the coach limited athlete favorite, get the ball to your home run hitter.

now granted matthews has been a walking band-aid, with a new hangnail issue each week, but when he is  good to go lean on him. this nonsense with tolbert catching the ball has to stop, hey tolbert catches well no doubt, but who is scarier after the catch? matthews can break it at any time, tolbert will slam into someone downfield and make it look good.  if i were turner i would only use tolbert as an occassional break and in short yardage situations

now as to the other athlete, that 6  5 wr., similar situation,  what did he have yesterday 2 catches? how does someone that big and talented end the day with 2 catches? rivers been hurt all year,  yeah probably but you got to get this guy the ball somehow, its not like they don't have other players, so you can't totally squeeze him out .  you can still throw to gates and to matthews, so if your a defense  you got to play  jackson honestly  besides at  6 5, he is size mismatch all over the field, put the ball up so he can make plays

anyway the san diego offense has been a huge disappointment, and the thing that should cost turner his job. there is simply no  good reason they have been so inept

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:08 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

Hey @knowmorethanmos, u obviously don't because Liuget was drafted several picks after JJ Watt was drafted by the Texans but I agree that Turner and Smith must go

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:52 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

You would have preferred the "loser quarterback" to keep throwing the ball?  Genious.

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:40 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

I agree 100% on the Matthews situation, yeah tolbert can catch but can't Matthews do the same thing, not too mention he's way more explosive, and to me has better field vision. And why the hell would you want a fat boy out there trying to run a db over when you can have a more elusive/shifty back with better field vision getting up the field a lot faster on a screen play. If tolbert's gonna be a 3rd down back send him up the middle to get the short yardage plays. In my eye's he's stunting a young player's growth. I can't stand dumb coaches that don't know how to use great talent

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:18 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

Norv and gm smith have got to go.  Norv makes so many bonehead calls, hes too dumb to be a head coach.  He never uses his timeouts before the 2 minute warning to stop the clock when behind and on defense.  Its like he cant figure simple math. call the to with 240 to go and you prolong the game.  so stupid.  ive also seen him do things like call a timeout just to challenge which he loses and then costs him 2 timeouts.  Why not just challenge in the first place and then it only costs you 1 timeout?  this is simple common sense stuff.  Drafting c Liuget over jj watt was a bad move by smith.  He is so stubborn w his ideas he hasnt had a good draft class in years and always gives up way to much to move up a few slots to get a guy who woulda still been available at the original spot.  and all the db's drafted in the last 10 years have been all wasted picks.  and one last thing, no way weddle should be the highest paid safety in the league. AND the parking at the stadium is still the worst in all of sports.  time to start over in LA w new staff and stadium

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:03 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

Its definitely time for Turner to go and he has had his chance to turn things around with the talent the chargers have had he should have won a superbowl. The problem this year is they miss Sproles greatly and they haven't found a replacement for him. the chargers need to revamp that soft sorry defense in the off season and they need to use ryan Mathews more. Thats shy he is a 1st rd pick and just let fatboy tolbert play on 3rd downs. Mathews has a very quick burst and can get in there and make it happen but he doesn't get enough touches. Why don't the chargers use Mathews more on screen plays as well. He was used earlier in the year and producing good but now Norv is not using him for screens to open things up when the aggressive teams keep blitzing Rivers. New head coach and a new GM will do the whole team a great deal with some new fire in there and Chargers will be back to their winning ways next season!

Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:45 pm

Chargers season has 'snowballed out of control'

Now i see why Vincent Jackson wanted out of Sandiego Last season. Horrible coach, Crappy GM, and a below average quarterback. I guess all the money in the world cant buy you a championship. If i was him i would have left the money on the table and went to play for a contender like new england. Now he is suck for years to come. can you say hold out next season to demand a trade. lol

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:41 pm
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