You scared frightened rabbits, you. You're sick people, do you know that? You're sick people, all of you. And you don't even know what you're starting here because let me tell you, let me tell you, you're starting something here that, that's what you should be frightened of. As God as my witness, you're letting something begin here that's a nightmare!
If you've seen the Twilight Zone episode in question, I think you'll agree that those words are pretty applicable here. The Chargers played scared after the touchdown was overturned. There is no excuse for the Chargers not trying a run on two consecutive plays when they had two timeouts. I thought for a moment from my perch in the upper deck that the Woodhead play might stand, but it doesn't matter. There isn't a team in the NFL that doesn't try to punch the ball in there. Mathews is only part of the problem. In Oakland, the Chargers tried to run the ball on 4th with Woodhead and it didn't work. But even in the opener, they made it clear that they weren't using the running game in the red zone. I Tweeted that they really should try it when they got down there and was told by other fans that since we were winning it didn't matter. But they got away from the run in that game and blew it. In Tennessee, they ran Ryan Mathews on a play that they couldn't possibly have thought he'd get a first down on and lost it. Earlier in that game, Keenan Allen caught some shit because of a pick that negated a TD. However, I'd assert that he caused the TD and when you are using so many passing plays down there you are asking for trouble. You are making it harder on yourself than it needs to be.
I know LT was on the radio saying that since we weren't controlling the line of scrimmage all day, it wasn't such a bad idea to throw. That's bullshit. When Rivers threw that second pick that was meant for Allen, I was saying how they should still be running. This game could have been like the Giants game of 2009. It would have brought momentum. Maybe I should have left early because Washington was there and you didn't have the balls to take the game. That's it.
I understand how fans like Jeff can be devestated and then say "well, we're not that good so what did we expect?" They dug themselves out of a hole and put themselves in a perfect position. They were so afraid to fuck up that they shat all over themselves--again.
There is no Norv or Marty for us to blame and yet we're still talking about this. Does Dean Spanos ask coaching candidates if their balls crawl up inside their scrotum when things get critical?
There is a lot more to criticize about the game. Garcon and Morris aren't ever going to be as good as they were against us. Cox got benched like Cason did against the Jets. But it didn't matter. Just as Gilchrist was no better in 2011, we don't have a savior on the roster now. Like the fumbled snap at Arrowhead, there was a sketchy offensive pass interference call. The 2011 call was on Gates, as you recall. But it all came down to the end. I understand why McCoy or Wisenhunt would be wary of Mathews. After his fumble in Philly, I thought there was no way he or the team would have recovered. But there is nothing that Ryan Mathews could have done at the end of the game that would be worse than what we saw.
Darren Smith alluded to the second down call where it seemed like Rivers may have changed the call. If you listen to McCoy, it was a "run-pass option." If Rivers was told to do anything but hand off, I have put some blame on PR. But he showed some balls in the fourth quarter driving the team down. I was saying in my seat that you don't deserve to be in the playoffs if you fold in spots like that. I actually saw none of the Jets/Saints game, but at least the Jets don't choke. They get blown out, but they at least dare to fail. We fail to dare. I can't believe they still haven't learned their lesson. I wonder if Washington was watching us with these words from the aforementioned Twilight Zone episode in their heads.
They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find, and it's themselves. All we need do is sit back and watch.
They might come back against Denver, but I'm not sure I can rebound. I'll watch, but I can't imagine getting past that last 22 seconds.
Oh yeah, I met my boyhood idol.
DC: Dan the Man looked a little tired and not up for a chat. He posed, signed and laughed when my wife joked he's the reason her Sundays are gone. You can see Ian Eagle walking away behind us. I started to mention that we had lost the TN and OAK games with him announcing but hoped the streak would end Sunday. Obviously I was wrong. I DO NOT believe that the bullshit calls on the 1 yard line are acceptable or part of growing pains. If any sane person knew to run down there, I don't see why a head coach with any experience at all can't figure it out. New JIC to follow
The NFL is tough. Any team can win any weekend. Traveling east to play is very tough. I personally don't feel the Chargers have the horses to make the playoffs. I feel 8-8 or 9-7 would be a good season for this team. We're halfway through the year so I won't judge McCoy yet. I do like the overall direction they're going in. As frustrating as this game was, it's not unexpected.
Did you get to chat with Foutsie?
This year has been so weird that I have started writting a post here and ended up just erasing the whole thing because I just can´t bring myself to writing something that makes sense. One week I am sure we have a 6-10 team, with the same coaching as years past and the next I´m sure we have a legitimate contender with the next Belichick running the show.
Last Sunday was just the icing on the cake of a lifetime of being a Charger fan for me. As I was watching the game at a bar in Atlanta, a Falcons fan came up to me and told me that I looked mortified, that I should not worry, that we had it in the bag; keep in mind that this was just before the Woodhead Touchdown that wasn´t. Only thing I could reply to him was that I could understand his comments but he hadn´t followed the Chargers as I had and that they would eventually find a way to kill all hopes, a play later he says: “You see!! I told you so!!”, 20 minutes later I just raised my rum and coke to him as he just tipped his hat to me. Saddest scene at the bar even though the Falcons had been routed by the Panthers at the same time.
Ross, the comments from this post are great, especially the "great play calling Norv McCoy". If anything good comes of this it should be the fact that Mister Mike and the Wisser are feeling the heat and they rightly should be. I expect a much better effort and outcome against Denver. Football is the weirdest sport. Nick Foles throws 7 TDS against Oakland. Oakland made us look like shit and we made Philly look bad. It's just weird. I guess it always comes down to consistency. That is what separates the "real good most of the time teams" like New England from the frustrating "real good some of the time teams" like the Chargers. Mister Mike looks like he has that same "post game presser confidence" that Bill Beli has, but that shit better carry over to the next "game day play calling" after allowing the fan base to experience yet another heartbreaking loss.
This game has left a bad taste in my mouth. Run Matthews once there , if rivers had a higher vertical then six inches he could have pulled a Matthew Stratford. Matthews will leave after this season and they will be back to square one, I agree if you are not going to run him, cut him. But I can see them beating Denver this weekend so they give us a false sense of hope. The loses this year have been awful, Houston, Tennessee, Washington are bad bad bad loses. I want to believe that McCoy can be our coach for 10-15 years, but right now he looks more mangini than cowher..
Ross the scene was great at Dewey's, when we thought he scored.... A feeling short lived
I feel like I did after the fumbled snap in Arrowhead. Maybe they rebound against Denver (they had Green Bay in the first example), but if they are going to keep giving games away I would rather they lose. I don't want to hear anyone else say that they figured we were only getting 7 or 8 wins anyway. This team has played well in some areas but coaching decisions (Accepting the penalty in Oak, running on 3rd and long in TN and constantly getting cute on the goal line) have been a running problem. Seriously, cut Mathews right now if you aren't going to use him in a spot like Sunday. You ran him in Jax when you couldn't get a TD and seemed pleased by the results. I'm talking about McCoy obviously. I could live with running and failing but not that chickenshit series.
It's not like the butcher chopping off his own fingers, Whit. It was like him dropping the cleaver and letting the turkey get away. We didn't even try. Rivers should not be given two run-pass options only to look panicky on 3rd. I was at the 18.5 second 7 point Knicks/Pacers debacle and at least Reggie Miller had to hit those shots. The Bolts totally took the Skins off the hook and I have no faith they won't do something again.
Ross, here is my version of what happened at the Redskins goal line. Mike McCoy played by William Hope trying to call the play. Philip Rivers played by Bill Paxton with his reaction. Oh yeah, and McCoy saying at the presser that if they had made the touchdown we wouldn't be questioning the play calling. Asshole!
@Lucab12 Agreed Ross, Felt a lot like Arrowhead, especially the "thanks for ripping our hearts out" part. Only difference is instead of Rivers being the assdart, this all falls on Mister Mike and the Wisser. Chokes. I sure hope Spanos at least gave McCoy a dirty look on the plane ride home. I am also very tired of even thinking about thinking what the fuck McCoy is thinking when it comes to when he is supposed to play Mathews.