That translates into "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." It was referenced in the film JFK. I think I'm one of the few people who read Jim Garrison's book On The Trail Of The Assassins, on which the movie was based. I'm just trying to be topical, here. I have no idea whether the photo to your left was taken in 2007 or 2008. Edwards coached Kansas City for only those two seasons. But after Marty Schottenheimer decided to simply have LaDainian run up the middle three straight times to set up Nate Kaeding's 40-yard miss on 1/8/05, I'm not surprised Herm bowing to him. LT was on the radio this week saying that he thought Ryan Mathews would find more money outside of San Diego. He forgot to add that he'll also find someone who will use him a lot more effectively. Tomlinson told the Darren Smith show that he wished he could have mentored Mathews and have him phased in as LT moved towards retirement. Of course, he forgot to mention that there was no way he was taking a reduced role with the Chargers. It was only after going to Minnesota and eventually the Jets that Tomlinson saw the market for him as a featured back was nonexistent.
I haven't checked the spread with the good folks at Bet Fair, but the Bolts seem to be a 4 1/2 point underdog according to most. That's pretty generous given how shittily this team has played of late. The Bolts have the toughest schedule from here on in across the NFL. Yet, they could find themselves tied for the final Wild Card spot if they were to upset Kansas City and the Jets were to lose in Baltimore. Do I have any confidence in that happening? Absolutely not. Why would I? I am sure Mike McCoy will finally realize that it makes no sense to take Mathews out in the red zone and some other problem will rear its ugly head. This was the same field, after all, where Rivers fumbled the snap. After last week's loss, the reminders that his only come-from-behind comeback in the last five seasons was on 11/8/09 against the Giants. But if he hadn't lost the ball on Halloween, 2011 he'd have at least one more.
Rivers isn't entirely to blame, obviously. It's just that he's still doing (or not doing) those little things that are keeping us from winning. You could argue that in the beginning of the season he was carrying the team with an obviously depleted talent pool around him. But now that Keenan Allen has emerged and Green/Gates have proven reliable, it's not as if Rivers is making these guys look good all on his own. In Jacksonville, he ran for the goal line and came up short. Against Denver, he slid short of the first down. Last week in Miami, he started to run (and seemingly would have made it), but then decided to throw only after he had cleared the line of scrimmage.
It just seems like Rivers can't do the right thing even when he tries to right now. I won't suggest that he's cursed because he's made so many of his own mistakes. I'd also be kidding myself if I didn't admit that Ryan Mathews is very flawed in his own right. But Mike McCoy's insistence on taking him out once we hit the ten-yard line is insane. He ran him in Jacksonville after the team sputtered with Woodhead. Everyone seemed happy and McCoy looked like he finally understood. But then came Washington and everything has been shit since. Under Norv, a loss like Washington would effectively end the season. McCoy has yet proven to be able to get the team out of the mess that he's helped create. I saw on Twitter that NFL.com's Ian Rappaport said that "many of the people he's talked to are really impressed with what McCoy has done with so little." I replied by asking if those same people were impressed with his deicision making in DC and beyond. I didn't get a response to that.
The Charles Clay play got a lot of attention last week as it totally epitomized the Chargers inability to tackle. I have no doubt that they will be better tomorrow, but that's not saying much. The Queefs may not be as good as their record, but they don't make the mistakes that the Chargers do. Once again, that's not saying much. I saw Antonio Gates say that KC has many of the same players, but that they are playing with a ton of confidence.
I also read that KC knows they will get the Chargers' "best shot" tomorrow. I'm frightened to see what that means. Obviously, they expect the Bolts to play desperate. All we've ever asked for is a team with brains and guts. We've never found the right balance of both. I'm not sayiing that I won't give up on hope for this season. I'm still expecting the worst. However, I'm still believing that McCoy has cost this team some games with his in-game blunders. Does he deserve the credit for reviving Rivers and the wins against Philly, Dallas, and Indy? I don't know, but somehow this team has been able to raise and dash our hopes multiple times already. If we went in to the season thinking we'd be happy with whatever progress came our way, that ended when we went up 21 points against a supposed Super Bowl contended in Houston.
So where does that leave us? The DC Hangover is still raging and talk of the team leaving hovers like a stink cloud constantly. I'm not optimistic for the years to come right now and that was one thing I thought might happen when Norv got fired.
However, I could find my outlook brightened with a win tomorrow. Here's a Fall '89 JGB from Philly which has a few tunes they hadn't done for a few years at that point.
We'll talk tomorrow..
BLACKOUT! Even after a win this team is irrelevant. That will only change if they stop choking. Last week was a good first step but obviously it will take a lot more than one win to build up a fan base that has been ruined the past five years.
Well done Chargers what a W!
I'm not so optimistic for Bengals match up but it's not my fault. I'm just tired to see this team dropping winnable games and winning against all the odds as it may be the case for the last five years.
Both contests (Bengals and Giants) are tough, and our secondary can easily transforms anyone of us into the next QB superstar. Let's hope for the best.
Just finished watching the NFL Replay version of the game. Here's a couple of observations:
Keenan Allen is so good that I am already worried about him leaving and becoming a VJ-like diva.
That drive at the end of the first half by Rivers was huge.
The throw in the end zone that should have been picked was followed by a stand in the red zone by the defense that was also enormous.
Pagano ripped Jahleel Addae a new asshole after he let up that long pass on a 3rd down blitz. Simms (who I wasn't listening to on Sunday since I turned off the sound) said that our spacing was fucked up.
It was nice after the Titans game to shock someone else at the end. We'll see if it means anything. Enjoy your Turkey Day and I will talk to you Saturday.
Addae also almost got teabagged by Stuckey in Jacksonville.
The early sense is Chargers tackle D.J. Fluker (right knee) is OK.
Big win, we'll see what it means. Certainly, McCoy/Wiz decision to play soft on the second down with the lead could have doomed us. KC had the chances with 2 near game-sealing picks, but we made them pay. Rivers' taking a sack on the final drive could have been fatal as well.
Do we win if KC doesn't lose two pass rushers? Doesn't matter. The Chargers didn't get the benefit of the doubt on that one PI call. They are at least relevant (as Whit says) after Turkey Day.
Here I am to eat my helping of crow. Hmmm yummy. Hats off to the offense for overcoming the Chiefs, the crowd, the refs, and their own shitty defense. It was good to see Pagano tearing into them on the sideline though it didn't help much. Poor dude. Nothing to work with. Anyway, we'll see what happens next, though if it's serious for Fluker I'm not sure I want to see.
@boltrunner Yep people just aren't sold yet. If they take down the Bengals maybe that'll change things a little bit.
Thanks for the update Ross. Woodhead played "tall" again today. Mathews hammy, what else is new. Is Ingram still serious about coming back this Year? Tutu finally has his "moment", awesome!