Tag:San Diego Chargers
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:33 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 12:35 am
 

Chargers: Where has it been all season?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The San Diego Chargers fans had to be sick watching Monday night's 38-14 blowout of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That's because the Chargers threw the ball welll. They ran the bal well. And quarterback Philip Rivers looked sharp, accurate and a lot like the Rivers we've seen the past four seasons. So where has it been all season?

It helped that Rivers and the San Diego offense were playing a beat-up Jacksonville team that was without its top three corners and offered little resistance on the night.

Even so, the production has to be the frustrating part for Chargers fans, who expected this team to be playing deep into the playoffs.

"Until the horn goes off January 1, we will play our hearts out," Rivers said. "It's been a rough six weeks. We finally put a complete game together."

San Diego snapped a six-game losing streak, and technically they are still alive in the playoff race, but not playing the way they did against the Jaguars this season will almost certainly cost coach Norv Turner his job if they don't rally to make the postseason.

Rivers sure didn't look a guy who had injury issues, which he has denied all season long. Rivers was 22 of 28 for 294 yards and three touchdowns. He threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Vincent Brown, a 35-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson and a 54-yard touchdown strike to Malcom Floyd.

Floyd missed November with a hip njury, a real hit to the offense. It was clear that the Chargers are a much better team when he and Jackson are on the field together.

"Anytime you have No. 83 (Jackson) and No. 80 (Floyd) on opposite sides of the field, it's hard to lean one way or another," Rivers said.

San Diego rallied to make the playoffs after a 4-8 start in 2008. It's possible they can get to 9-7 and hope they can pass both the Oakalnd Raiders and Denver Broncos, who are each 7-5.

"Hey, let's get to 9-7 and see what happens," Rivers said.

If they do that, by closing on a five-game winning streak, the question will be asked:

Where has it been all season?
 

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 8, 2008 4:51 pm
 

Why, Norv, Why?

With every NFL season comes my pet peeve: Bad situational coaching.

Step up and take your heat, Norv Turner.

Turner's Chargers scored with 2:27 left in the game to take a 4-point lead at 23-19 Sunday over the Carolina Panthers. At that point, Turner should have opted to go for 2. There is no difference between a four- or five-point lead.

But if the Chargers go for two and make it, the lead would be six. That would force the Panthers to make the extra point if they scored a touchdown.
So what happens?

Carolina scores on the final play of the game to win it. That touchdown put them up by one, and the extra point made it two.
If the margin had been six, the Panthers would have needed to make the extra point. They celebrated their touchdown, maybe excessively, which could have lead to a 15-year penalty.

It's a lot tougher kick from back there.

At any rate, Turner screwed it up by not going for 2. There's no difference between a four- or five-point lead.

Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
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