My buddy Mike, whose words I quoted extensively before the Sunday Night game at New Orleans game, texted me after the Denver game. "There are no words." After the "chill pill" controversy and the "sticky like," I told him that I was planning on sharing that. He laughed and said, "if I had nothing to say on Monday, I really have nothing to say now."
Mike is a Jet fan who feels that Mark Sanchez will never allow the Jets to succeed in the same way many of us feel about Norv. But at least they showed heart in Foxboro. Think about what we've seen (or not seen) from the Chargers? Shit has been so bad that I can't even be happy that Tweety is finally an ex-Charger. Like everything The Organization has done, it was long overdue.
Even though I watched the Monday Night Meltdown, I wasn't surprised that they couldn't hold the lead. You can see evidence of that below. However, I was surprised when I heard Acee recall that there were zero sacks one hit on Peyton Manning. As Jon Favreau (as "Gutter") said in PCU, I knew it was bad. I did not know it was this bad.
As you know, I will be in Cleveland this weekend. I was NOT surprised to hear Acee on the radio today saying that Dean will keep Norv if this team gets into the postseason. So how could I possibly want the Chargers to make the playoffs?
My biggest fear right now is another year of purgatory. If there is going to be another tease that keeps us from moving forward for another year. Would I want them to finally win the Super Bowl with Norv Turner? Obviously, but if we are to be doomed for another season then I'd rather they lose every game for the rest of the way.
I still can't believe that Acee tried to act like he's been anything other than Clary's biggest fan. I know it's an indication of how bad things have gotten that I'm going after the writers. But the fact that The Organization doesn't seem to be responsive at all to the fans leaves us without a place to vent. Kevin Acee and Nick Canepa have become self-important windbags. Don't pull the "I told you so" shit it you've been writing the exact opposite for years. Canepa wrote a long piece telling us about what a great guy Bill Johnston is. Not only is that irrelevant, but it was Canepa himself that Bill was citing when he said that "one columnist said that we should put a fork in the Chargers." No one besides Charger fans and the media from every city but San Diego seems to understand our pain. Calling us "you people" wasn't a good idea.
I didn't realize that the 1993 Sports Illustrated cover story on Junior Seau was written by the wife of none other than Jim Steeg. If you click the link, you can read the second part of her excellent Junior piece. By the way, the U-T has bought the NC Times. So even if the Bolts are more agonizing than ever, you can now legally read about them for freee. As many among The Legion Of The Lightning Bolt know, I spoke to Junior in 2002 on the phone by way of his friend Burt Grossman. It was pretty clear that he was hardly the "Man Of The Year" off the field. Ms. Lieber-Steeg's article points out that Junior's restaurant investments (both Seau's and Ruby Tuesdays) were badly affected by the Chargers' blackouts over the last two seasons. So there's yet another thing to be mad about.
Speaking of wives, my wife sent me this e-mail the day after the last loss: "I hate the Chargers for making my man sad." She went on to explain that when she went to bed and saw on her phone that we had a 24-0 lead, she knew they could still blow it.
Philip Rivers continues to regress and many of his careless passes are not happening under pressure. But the blocking is hardly exemplary. Yes, he’s used to chucking the ball in the area of a tall receiver and having them go up and get it. But Rivers sucked last year when he HAD Jackson to throw to. I don’t need to remind you that VJ didn’t always lay out for pass. Vincent Brown clearly won’t be back as soon as hoped, which may be the reason that Danario Williams was signed.
The Monday Night was the strongest evidence to date that Philip Rivers, Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem cannot get on the same page. But Rivers’ worst plays seem to be when no one is pressuring him; other than himself, I guess.
Last year, as Rivers was holding unsolicited press conferences for Norv, I mentioned that it must be like loving the substitute teacher. I don’t know if Norv is more disciplined than it appears. I only know what the results have been. The one thing he always had to fall back on is his reputation with developing QBs. It’s just a reputation right now because Rivers is a total mess.
The other spot that could most use an upgrade is at cornerback. After promising (like the rest of the team) to be better in 2012, Quentin Jammer still looks old and slow. Yes, he had surgery on a broken thumb earlier this year. But it’s not the thumb that is lacking.
Antoine Cason has been victimized time and time again, but Marcus Gilchrist the one defending Brandon Stokely on the pivotal touchdown against Denver. Yes, he had what seemed to be great coverage. However, he wasn’t much better than Cason when he was forced into starting after Plaxico’s hat trick last October. Shareece Wright is supposedly healthy, but he’s never played enough meaningful snaps to give confidence that he’ll be a better option.
My last two trips to Cleveland accidentally coincided with the start of new eras of “success” for the Chargers. 1992 would be the first playoff trip in a decade. 2004 was the first in nine seasons. The first era made the most out of what they had. The second has not. I said before the Denver game that a loss would signal the end of this team’s promise to be better than those of the past. Now, thanks to the coming storm, I'm staying here in NY.
I e-mailed the U-T that this article was insulting. Charger fans aren’t angry just at the fact that this team has lost. The frustration is that they’ve lost due to their own stubbornness, fragility and stupidity. That’s the issue. If they play well and the other team is just better, we could live with that. But that’s never how it happens.
Thanks to Jo Jo Tarantino for telling me about the “Factory Of Sadness” video series on the Browns. While I think we have different reasons for our anger, I can certainly empathize with the fans. I think you will too.
You gave all you had. why you wanna give more?
The more that you give, the more it will take
To the thin line beyond which you really can't fake.
Fire on the mountain or the San Diego Chargers?