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Posted on: December 5, 2010 7:13 pm
 

Last post for the year - Chargers out of it!!!

What is there to say.

Bigger, faster, stronger - yeah right.  Best Norv Turner team yet?  Don't think so!!!

Maybe it was too many injuries to the Chargers, but after watching them play Oakland today, it is obvious that the Chargers are incapable of playing smash mouth football.  For the Chargers to get beat down by the Raiders twice this season says it all.  A championship team does not lose to the same opponent twice in one season.  Saying that, my faith in the Chargers is gone for the year.  I don't see how they can make it into the playoffs with 6 losses.  I know that there is a month of football left, but a wild card is most likely not coming to the AFC west this year, and there is no reason that it should.  There are better teams out there that are more deserving.

This is hard for me to say being a life long Chargers fan, but I can't see it playing out any other way.  The Chiefs will win the division and congratulations to them.  I was sure they were going to be a team to deal with before the season started and they proved me right.  So the slow start every year finally caught up with the Chargers.  Had to happen sooner or later.  Just another disappointing season overall.  It is hard to follow this team year in and year out.  I guess I just love the punishment.  This is how the Chargers play at home when their playoff lives are at stake.

This is my last blog for the season regardless of what happens, maybe the last post for the next 1 1/2 if there is a lockout next season. Looks like it may be time to switch over to start watching my Lakers go for another championship run.  Football just hurts so bad sometimes & it would be great if the Chargers could just win one for the Gipper!!!  I am starting to feel that the Chargers will never celebrate a championship & why not when there have been teams that went over 100 years without a championship (like the Red Sox perhaps).

See you all next football season (whenever that may be).
Category: NFL
Tags: Chargers
 
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:06 pm
 

Chargers 4-5 after 9 weeks

Sorry that I have not posted for the last couple of weeks.  The Chargers were still losing games and doing it in the same fashion all year long with those mental mistakes.  This does not bode well for a team looking for post season glory.  Everybody knows what is wrong in San Diego this year.  Injuries are making the journey even more difficult & that is what I will concentrate on this week.  
The offense is suffering the most injuries, especially in the wide receiving corps.  With this being said, there is no reason Phillip Rivers should even be putting up the numbers that he is this season.  The Chargers are throwing TD's to people from the practice squad.  That is not a good scenario when it comes to playoff time.  I hope the Chargers can get healthy by playoff time if they are able to pull out winning the division this year.  There will most likely not be any wild card teams coming from the AFC West this year, so win and your in.
What is up with Ryan Mathews?  I expected a slow start, but it seems that the man has been injured more this season than he has been on the field.  I know he is talented, but is he able to take the punishment that the NFL has to offer week in and week out?    It does not matter how good Mathews is if he can't stay on the field.  This makes me nervous.  Thankfully we have other guys in the backfield like Mike Tolbert.
Here is my bottom line.  Phillip Rivers is obviously the team MVP and in my opinion is making a case for the league MVP.  He is out there willing the Chargers to win games with no real weapons to speak of.  Rivers is making everybody on the offense better than what they currently are.  The man is a fiery competitor that has no quit in him.  If any Charger is to save this season, it will be Rivers and that improved defense that will make that happen.  
The Chargers still have a shot at winning the division.  This will not be an easy task this year & the Chargers need to take a hold of their destiny and win out.  They still have games against Oakland and Kansas City which will help bring the team back in the right direction with wins over our division rivals.
This week comes the bye and not too soon either.  This will give the Chargers some time to rest and get healthy for their 2 half of the season push for the playoffs.  It is now November, so let's see if recent Chargers history of playing in these last 2 months of football, brings the team back to being legitimate contenders for a title.
See you after week 11.
Go Chargers!!!
Category: NFL
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:39 pm
 

Chargers 2-4 after 6 weeks

I am not going to talk about the game with the Rams.  Instead, I would like to take a look at why the Chargers are 2-4.  Lets start off with the ownership.  Dean Spanos has owned the Chargers for quite a few years and over that time, this is what I have noticed.  He is a very wealthy man who seems to care more about his money than his franchise.  I say this because of the stadium issues that are going on in San Diego that could cost them an NFL team.  Jerry Jones comes to mind about the stadium issue because look what he did in Dallas.  I know that Dean Spanos has the money to build the stadium if he wanted to, but he would rather flip the bill to the tax payers.  Instead of doing what it takes to build the name of the Chargers by winning Super Bowls, he would rather stare into his bank account and wonder why the Chargers are having blackouts in San Diego.  I know the economy is not great, but I think that there are other people out there like me that are tired of having their hearts ripped out of their chest in the post season.
I used to work at the Marriott as a Doorman in San Diego.  I had the pleasure of seeing Dean Spanos at the hotel on a Sunday morning before one of their games.  You should have seen how he was wasting tax payer money by using the police as his personal escort.  He walks out of the hotel that morning, gets into a limo and about 8 policemen give him an escort to Mission Valley & probably home after the game too.  It blew my mind.  It was like he was a high ranking politician of some sort.
Next we will cover AJ Smith.  I know that people think that AJ plays hard ball and I am sure that he does.  I am also sure that Mr. Spanos has some influence on that.  I would have to believe that AJ is under orders not to exceed so much money for each year.  To me that has to do with Mr. Spanos more than AJ.  After all, whose money is AJ spending.  The Chargers organization was a mess before John Butler and AJ Smith came to San Diego.  I wish that John Butler were still around to run the Chargers, but we have to move on.  I would rather have a hard nosed GM over an organization that tries to run itself with no professional help.
Now, my biggest problem with the Chargers (and has been since he was hired), Norval Turner.  This guy is just not head coach material.  He does not inspire passion the way a head coach should.  He is not teaching his players sufficiently enough to stop the boneheaded mistakes that have been made in every single game this year.  I think he is one of the best offensive coordinators that have ever been around, but not a head coach.  Norv should step back and take back the offensive coordinator job and let somebody else who can coach do just that.
I know that there is talent out there somewhere in the coaching ranks and the Chargers need to commit themselves to winning a Super Bowl instead of just talking about it.  Good luck this year Chargers.  it's going to be hard to win the championship when you can't even win on the road with a #1 offense and defense.  How can you be 2-4 with stats like that.  
Last, but not least, the injury situation.  I hope that Phillip Rivers can carry the load with his 3 best receivers out due to injury.  I have not heard about Malcolm Floyd yet, but no Antonio Gates or Vincent Jackson really does hurt.   Let's see what kind of game the Chargers come out with against an always good New England Patriots team.  I hope that home field advantage helps so we can get back to .500.
Chargers 24 - Patriots 21
Posted on: October 11, 2010 6:17 pm
 

Chargers 2-3 After 5 weeks again

Oh yes! Another year with Norv at the healm and the Chargers start off 2-3 again.  How is this even possible?  How can a team start off with the same record every year.  How do you do it Norv.
Well, being 2-3 sucks (although I am not making a big deal out of it this year).  We have been here been here a few times before.  The worst regular season of recent memory was the 2008 season when the Chargers won the division with an 8-8 record & would have never made it to the playoffs if not for a monumental meltdown by the hated Broncos.  What to do with this team?  It seems that they are a broken record.  Slow starts to the season every year, a run at the midway point of the year to make you think this team has a chance for the Lombardi Trophy, & finally a heartbreaking playoff loss that are full of penalties and boneheaded plays.  I am frustrated with this team and it seems that fans of this team are going to have another year of heartbreak if the trend stays the same as the last 4 years.
So we lost to Oakland after 7 long years.  I guess streaks are meant to be broken and give Oakland some credit, the felt the pain of this long dry spell and as a Chargers fan of 30 years, I can sympathize with them.  Does not mean I like the Raiders or their fans that much, but I can relate.  Here are some of the positives and negatives to take from what has occurred up through week 5.
Negatives:
  1. 0-2 within the division (Chargers need to win the rest of the division games for the rest of the year).
  2. 2-3 overall record (been there, done that).
  3. 0-3 on the road (if you can't win on the road, kiss the Lombardi trophy goodbye).
  4. -3 differential on turnover ratio (negative turnover ratio = losing season.  Just look at the 49ers who have -10 right now, they are    0-5).
  5. 3 touchdowns given up on special teams (1 TD and a 26.9 YPC return average on punts with 2 TD's & a 25.4 YPC average on kickoff returns).
  6. Red Zone production is down (if not for this area, I would not think that the offensive stats are bloated)  Passing yards and rushing yards are great and all, but I want to hear about TD's and Red Zone efficiency.
Positives:
We are only 1 1/2 games behind in the division right now behind the Chiefs.  Oakland and Denver may not put up much of a fight this year.  Oakland with their QB problems and Denver with their injury problems.  The Chiefs are still young and inexperienced, but they are making progress in the right direction.
Now that we are 2-3 again, it is time for the Chargers to start their mid season surge towards the playoffs. Lets see if the Chargers can get their first road win in St. Louis against the lowly Rams this week.  Chargers will probably blow the Rams up since they play in a dome.
PredictionChargers 31 - Rams 16
Go Chargers!!!
Posted on: September 23, 2010 4:10 pm
 

Chargers at 1-1 after 2 weeks

Two weeks of football have passed and the Chargers are 1-1.  Somewhat disappointing due to the week one loss against the Chiefs.  That was a game that I thought the Chargers did not lose, but gave away instead.  Does this mean the offense can't play in bad weather? Tough to say being it was only the first week of football.  It was not impressive though, I can tell you that much.  The beat down on the Jags have done little to rid me of my concerns especially without VJ on the field to stretch the defense.  On the positive side, the defense looks better than I suspected it will & I am a firm believer that offense sells tickets, while defense wins championships.
Next week brings on a new upcoming team with the Seahawks.  The Chargers just may have to play in bad weather again as the forecast shows that rain is likely.  It would be a horrible thing for this team to be so talented and be unable to play in bad weather.  I know that will bring down just about any teams game to a point, but the Chargers rely on a high octane offense & may not play there best football when it comes to grinding it out.  I am not going to bring up the years of Norv Turner and the infamous slow starts.  Each year is unique in itself. This year, the Chargers have a very easy schedule compared to most of the rest of the league.  I just hope the Chargers come to play like they are in the playoffs every week instead of playing down to their opponent.
Prediction for the Chargers vs Seahawks game:Chargers 24 - Seahawks 17 
Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
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