This was the 1998 game at Philly. I went to the 1995 one, but couldn't find any photos from it. That was when the Eagles had Ray Rhodes as coach and I remember listening to the radio on the way home as the postgame announcers blasted him. They were saying "he talks all tough, but the team plays soft, etc. I can't remember, but I think it might have been the game where he likened losing (they went to 1-3 that day) to having your family raped.
I know, it's a great way to start off this week's post. But what did you expect? Somehow, the Chargers found a way to elevate and deflate expecations all in one game. I immediately thought of the Futurama clip I posted below. Before Monday's game, I heard prognosticators saying that they didn't know what to make of the Bolts and Trent Dilfer, who said a lot of things I didn't agree with during the broadcast, did keep making mention of gut-check type plays the Chargers needed to make. But, of course, they did no such thing at the end of the game.
It really reminded me far too much of the game at New Orleans last year. We looked good and were actually using Mathews. Then we became one-dimensional and the other team caught up. Rivers had a shot at the end and came up short. Ryan Mathews must be abysmal in pass protection to get subbed out for Ronnie Brown when all we needed was to pick up a few first downs. Again, Mathews is flawed. But I thought back to something that Ladainian Tomlinson said before his MVP season. A running back needs to get enough carries to get into a flow. Incidentally, I did finally watch LT's NFL Network special. What I found most interesting was Lorenzo Neal saying that we should have run Tomlinson 50 times on 1/14/07 and the still of Ellis Hobbes doing the Merriman dance at midfield after the game. They also included a clip of LT on the sideline before the AFC title game saying that the Pats thought they were God's gift to football. There was also a clip of Roethlisberger during our 2009 loss at Pitt saying how tragic it was that Ladainian wasn't the same player after injury. "What'd he have that one year, like fifty touchdowns?"
Our 2006 game on Sunday Night against the Steelers was the first time that Rivers showed he could win a game for us. It seems like a lifetime ago. I know we are always saying that we are in "wait and see" mode with this team, which is just another way of saying "show me something." But I have no reason to think that the Chargers will win tomorrow. I don't care how undermanned they are, they had to finish that game on Monday. They didn't so now we are left thinking that they lack poise AND talent. That's not a recipe for a victory on the road.
Yes, Bront Bird stopped Forster on 4th down but no he shouldn't be starting. The fact that we traded up for a guy who played a couple of series in the preseason isn't making me think that Telesco has the magic touch just yet. What I don't understand is why McCoy didn't at least give Fozzy a few carries. I still can't believe that the team I first became a fan of based on their passing is now one I wish would run more. But you can't let teams know what's coming and expect it to work. At least you can't when you're overmatched so often. I know everyone is killing Pagano for playing soft with a lead, but what if these guys just aren't winning their individual battles? Reyes had all those sacks in the one game I attended last year, but that was on Greg McElroy. Liuget, who is now probable, didn't really wreak havoc in the pocket either.
On offense, I wonder if we'll see Allen at all. Royal's drop was huge, but the guy did score twice after being in an ambulance last month. The lasting image I have is Philip Rivers bouncing that pass to Vincent Brown. Monday Night was the best I had felt about this team in a while and then it was the worst. Especially on a night where I was just hours before having to get up for work it was great to feel like I wasn't the only one giving a shit. I guess that's a combination of tequila, Twitter, and an iPhone. But we're still a laughingstock and that sucks.
I agree with some of the analysis that the Chargers need to have some sustained drives to keep Philly off the field. Again, I think back to the end of the first half in New Orleans last year where Rivers led them on a late drive. Like Monday, they were good until they weren't. I like what I've seen from Green and I wonder if we might see any more of him tomorrow. Kerry Williams looked like he was everywhere against Washington. His sideline pick of Griffin was like the Cushing play before it even happened. Seriously, as bad as the Eagles defense was under Juan Castillo I wonder if they're licking their chops while waiting for the next Rivers mistake.
God, I hate hearing myself say shit like that, but I hate even more feeling it. I hate even more than that fearing that it's true. What else could we think about this team right now? You may have noticed that I've returned to the practice of posting new tunes here within the Halls Of Justice. This week's selections all come from the most recent archival release from the Justice Is Coming House Band. I know I didn't list it on my favorite shows that you can find here on the site. Veneta 1972 was always a show I thought might be overhyped. But after seeing the restored movie in theateres and hearing the remastered audio, I think it might be the best show ever. I mean, the Dark Star from 2/13/70 is still the greatest and the Estimated Prophet->Eyes Of The World from 9/3/77 is unparalleled. But the Field Trip doesn't have an ounce of fat on it. You can hear the older versions of the show here, but if you want the new release just shoot me an email. Honestly, you really need to hear the new release. I've included three of the best tracks here.
I also posted the gatefold from ZZ Top's Tres Hombres. I think this photo shows why they kick ass. I'm actually seeing them again in November. But enough about music. The Chargers need to play like their season is riding on tomorrow's game. I know that U-T chat I posted in the comments suggested that they could take a step forward and still have a worse record than last year. But I'm not putting three hours on Sunday and God knows how many during the week for the future. I went to the last Chargers game in Philly and watched us score a lucky touchdown on a deflected pass from Flutie. Then I had to watch rookie Ladainian Tomlinson get stripped and run the length of the field to unsuccessfully try to prevent a touchdown return. I won't be there tomorrow, but I did buy my tickets for DC. Let's fuck up someone else's Sunday for a change.
Whit, does this guy also see messages in crop circles? When Novak made the kick, I thought of Fear and Loathing in Vegas...Did you see what God just did!
Novak has come a long way from the pee jug against the Tebows in 2011. Let's see how far we've come.
I thought this was worth a look.
I should also give McCoy the Whisser and Pagano credit for a good game plan after I insulted their abilities. Granted the Eagles aren't going to a Super Bowl anytime soon, but they showed guts on the road against a team that was feeling confident and has some good offensive weapons. Don't worry, I'm not going soft, I'm just giving credit where credit is due.
What do I know.
In this case it feels good to have gotten it all wrong. Guess I'll calm down now and enjoy the Chargers 400th win. I finally witnessed a game where the opposing teams secondary sucks more than the Chargers I am happy they beat the Eagles. I also hope Floyd is not seriously injured.
Also congrats to McCoy for his first win.
We all knew that Floyd wasn't going to last the season. Ryans deserves at least a fine for targeting Floyds head with his forearm
And there it is. The play that is going to sink this team again. Gates doing his Mathews impression. Go team.
Yes Ross, Ray Ray, as Philadelphians liked to call him, did give us all a peek into his dark mind with his rape comment. I think today's criminal act will more resemble "hit and run". Today is the rare 1:00 pm, est. start. I know for west coast teams they supposedly hate traveling east and playing the early time slot. For me, my attitude is, might as well get it over with early. That way I have more time to vent and calm down before the evening sets in.
Man, talk about all of Charger World being down on this team. It seems like only the rare and uninformed bolt fan is giving them the wait and see point of view. Those who have been experiencing the long march of death for what seems like 10 years now are not entertaining any positive vibes.
For me, after a week of reflection and analysis I am of the opinion that this coaching staff has two glaring problems at this present time. First and foremost they have no player depth. That is not news to anyone who has any knowledge of this team. But the second one might surprise some. I am of the opinion, and I know it is early but nevertheless, I have with my years of suffering earned this opinion, that this coaching staff is over matched and ill equipped to compete with other coaches in this league.
The second half of Monday nights game showed an ineptness the likes of which I have a hard time remembering when I felt more ashamed of my Chargers. Oh yeah, and NEWS FLASH!!! MATT SCHAUB IS NOT PAYTON MANNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When every, and I mean every player that was drafted by AJ Smith is gone and forgotten, then maybe just maybe this team will play four quarters a game, a regular season schedule, a playoff schedule and a Super Bowl game like a professional football team with a clue.
Who knows, maybe this coaching staff will get better with better players and more coaching experience. At the rate we are going the better players will be available in the draft for we will certainly be drafting higher the next few years. And all coaches if they are destined to be great coaches get better with experience, right?
Rivers can get the magic back this weekend when the Eagles blow their home opener. Vick sucks. Heavy duty, mang!
What sucks was when they showed all those QBs with similar stats (not lately) as Rivers--Brees, Brady, Manning, Rodgers...the only one without a ring?
SI's article on RGIII and playing through pain cites all these famous players who did it, including Rivers in 07. again, he was the only one ringless.
To answer the question in the lead-line - NO. Besides the obvious, why am I so negative? Because the defense that this team touted all fucking offseason is mediocre at best. And Pagano has already started with the excuses - this player and that player are new to the system and they were out of position on that 3rd and 18 play (the play where you could feel abrupt shit in momentum, just like last year in NO after the pick six was called back that would've made it 31-14) and blah blah blah. Despite all the personnel changes it looks the same and it sounds the same - "We've got to learn how to finish games" - sound familiar? And btw how do you teach a team to finish games? What a fucking mess.
Yeah Ross, I thought his heart comment was stupid. I do appreciate the solidarity of the Chargers.
Novak brings our team a legitimate kicking game.