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Chargers season

Posted on: September 14, 2008 8:52 pm
 
Now that the Chargers' season is officially over, what should the Spanos family do with the laughingstock GM A.J. Smith and the lousy coaching staff?  Another week and another late game blunder by Norv Turnover and Ted "the best Offensive Coordinator any opposting team ever had" Cottrell.  What will be GM A.J. "I take credit for late GM John Butler's moves" Smith's excuse this year? It is a shame that the scouting dept Butler built and franchise players that Butler drafted are being wasted with the pathetic coaches hired by Smith and his massive ego. It has become clear that Norv Turnover is the wrong person to be coaching this team and they need to give Bill Cowher a call and give him total control of the franchise.
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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2008 2:47 am
 

Chargers season

BTW, what do you mean by his read and react defense? Wasn't that Kevin Gilbride's offense? Aren't all defenses read and react to a large extent?



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2008 2:23 am
 

Chargers season

Look, I'm not trying to be a Ted Cottrell apologist here but what I remember about the Adrian Peterson game last season was a lot of poor tackling in that game (not the coaching staff's fault). I also remember hearing rumors that a some key members of the Chargers defense broke curfew the night before the game. Adrian Peterson ain't bad either.   I also remember last year in the AFC Championship game, the Chargers D keeping Tom Brady and a very explosive New England offense in check for most of the game.

As far as Sunday goes, let's be honest here: Antonio Cromartie was getting beat like he owed Brandon Marshall money. That's not Ted Cottrell's fault.  I hate to say it, but Jay Cutler and the Denver offense might just be that good this year. 

I think we both agree the Chargers definitely have some issues on defense and that despite the loss of Merriman, there is still too much talent to be awful for very long. If this continues then it becomes obvious that Cottrell needs to go and you can tell me: "I told you so!"     

 Of course, if Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense keep playing like last week, then our defense doesn't really needs to be that great.



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2008 11:13 pm
 

Chargers season

The difference between the Giants last year and this year's Chargers is that the Giants have a quality defensive coordinator who pulled one of the greatest upsets of alltime. The Chargers have Cottrell who was such a pathetic defensive coordinator that he was out of the league until Norv called. Remember his defense getting run over for 296 yards by a rookie? His read and react defense has been torn apart by two teams that never should have been in the game. Delhomme coming back from arm surgery and WR Smith out and the Broncos rolling up almost 500 yards of offense. That is just bad defensive coaching and he should be fired immediately. It is clear that Cottrell is clueless in making adjustments during the game and his inability to coach "Super Bowl calibur" talent is evident. Yes, the Chargers had the bad calls against them but the game never should have been that close in the first place.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2008 2:12 pm
 

Chargers season

Gambitto,

I share your frustration but yipes! This is a bit of a knee jerk reaction don't you think? 

The Chargers have dug themselves a hole, but let's not forget the Giants won the Super Bowl last year after starting 0-2.  IMHO, the AFC is still wide open with Brady out for season, Jacksonville at 0-2, and and Indy having some injury issues as well. It will be an uphill battle, but there is no need to hit the panic button just quite yet.

No doubt the defense got waxed in the first half but they played much better in the second half. To me, this means the coaching staff made adjustments, i.e. they did their job.  The loss of Merriman appears to be really hurting the pass rush and it will be up to the coaching staff to find a way to replace him, otherwise it could be frustrating season for Chargers fans. I expect the coaches to look at the film and get this sorted out for the Jets game next Monday. If not, then the Cottrell bashing will be warranted.
 
On the positive note, Philip Rivers has been a beast in the first two games. Norv & the offense have done enough to win both games. Now, the defense needs to learn how to win the close ones.

Show me your Lightning Bolt!



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2008 12:02 pm
 

Chargers season

I can't remember but didn't the chargers start off 0-2 last year or at the very least i rember Norv's job being called for right away and the chargers ended up with the 2nd or 3rd best confrence record.

The chargers got hosed by a bad NFL rule...not a bad call, its a judgement call which turned out to be wrong, but the NFL should have a continuation rule similar to hockey.

you can blame the coaches all you want, but it looked to me that all three plays (the carolina play, and both denver plays) were the same exact play.  is it the coaching staff or the players not doing their job. 

What happened to Cromartie yesterday he got lit up by brandon marshall.

 




Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2008 9:51 am
 

Chargers season

Chargers got hoooooooosed big time from one of the worst calls by a referee of all time.  I think Shanahan was smart enough to go for two, when he didn't need to.  I think he was being a good 'sport' for 'earning' a victory rather than referees giving him a 'mulligan'!  I'm ok with that, but I know chargers fans would disagree.  That can't be any worse than my ViQueens blowing a 15 point lead to Indy!  (whom I think their championship caliber team is all but over!) 

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Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2008 8:47 am
 

Chargers season

What a gutsy call by Mike Shanahan.  He wants to burry the Chargers now seeing that thier the only other team capable of winning that division.  He may have done that. 


I think the move was more a case of I have no faith in my defense.  I don't think the Chargers season is over quite yet.  They get the Jets next week and Oakland after that.   If they able to win those, then they still have a shot. 

What they really need to do is figure out how to generate a pass rush without Merriman.  Better hope L.T. isn't too banged up as well.




Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2008 8:01 am
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Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2008 7:59 am
 

Chargers season

What a gutsy call by Mike Shanahan.  He wants to burry the Chargers now seeing that thier the only other team capable of winning that division.  He may have done that. 



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2008 1:39 am
 

Chargers season

A.J. Smith can continue to do whatever his ego wants but it is not going to bring any championships to San Diego. John Butler will always be the true architect and the man responsible for bringing this franchise back from the dead. Norv Turner and Ted Cottrell should be run out of town and the fans should spend the last 7 home games booing Norv Turner and chant "Mar-ty!" just to stick it to A.J. Smith. You can bet that Smith, Turner and Cottrell will use the injuries excuse to explain this season's meltdown.



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