Wow, there was time when Philip could actually throw on the run--sort of. This shot is obviously from the 2007 win at Indianapolis. In many ways, it's the game that ended up leading us where we are right now. I noticed in the comments from my last post that Daniel Chang thought Norv was being faulted with "breaking Rivers." Philip mentioned in his interview with Darren Smith that he takes issue with the suggestion that he needs fixing. However, I think it's pretty accurate. Like many of the guys being hired right now, Norv was known as a "QB guru." There is no question whatsover that Rivers has regressed beyond belief over the last two seasons. I wouldn't roll my eyes so much at the suggestion that it was due to the poor pass protection, lack of a running game and self-induced pressure if he hadn't come off another shitty season in 2011.
But Rivers is our guy and we can only hope that the three-headed monster of Wisenhunt, McCoy and Reich will make the difference. I don't know if Norval will be a better playcaller in Cleveland and quite frankly I don't give a shit. I am sure that the players you have impact your performance as a coach and coordinator. McCoy won't be calling the plays and trying to run the show. He's already spoken about how he and Tom Telesco have "some tough decisions to make." There is no question that one way or another the Chargers need to finally establish a run game. In the end, it won't matter whether Ryan Mathews is too unreliable on the field or simply too injury-prone to be the guy. No one is expecting Philip Rivers to suddenly start running "the pistol" formation. But any successful team needs to have some balance. I've been saying that since 2009. Was Norv at fault for trying to run LT into the Jets line in the playoff game? Should Sproles have been used more? Why did Tomlinson look so rejuvenated after leaving? Was Brain Schottenheimer simply using his strengths at that stage of his career by using him mostly on 3rd downs?
At this point, it seems like every player gets better upon leaving San Diego. I guess Mike Tolbert was the exception unless you're accounting for the four quarters he played against the Chargers. Then again, maybe we should be thanking him for helping us finally rid ourselves of Norv. I read that Eric Weddle was in Foxboro last weekend to support Steve Gregory. Much like Rodney Harrison, Gregory has been a lot better now that he doesn't really need to cover. He can simply sit back and lay the wood, like Rodney. I assume he's also clean now. As I recall, Harrison had a supplement-fueled suspension during his time with the Patriots.
Since acquiring a real cover corner, Gregory has certianly been freed up. There is no question in my mind that both Cason and Jammer need to be replaced. If Pagano wants to use Jammer at safety, I could live with it. But the way Acee was reporting it before the season finale, he was playing his last game in San Diego. Jammer has been saying that he'd be willing to make the switch for years now. Why didn't it happen? Just another unexplained outcome from the Age of Norv. I'm sure some other team will pick him up and use there.
I saw on Twitter that Kassim Osgood joked about "coming home" now that Mike McCoy is in charge. I wonder now that AJ is gone too if players will be any more likely to come to San Diego. Everyone had such wonderful things to say about him when he was GM.
I know I haven't really commented on the hires, because I have no idea how they'll turn out. I knew that we weren't hiring Gruden or Cowher. I probably thought Holmgren was a minute possibilty and not just because of Ron Wolf's involvement. It just seemed like he felt the fire to return more openly than the other two guys. I don't know if Deano simply didn't want to spend the money or not. I have to believe that he gauged Gruden's intererest in some fashion. I was concerned that we'd end up going the retread route, no matter how much Kevin Acee reported to the contrary. As much ass as he kisses, he still doesn't have the best track record of accuracy.
I was a little let down at first upon hearing that we hired McCoy so quickly after Denver's loss. Like many, I didn't exactly assoicate their offensive performance with excellence last Monday. I heard Pat Kirwin on Sirius' Moving The Chains saying he was surprised at the hire, but that it was good for McCoy. That didn't excite me since I am only concerned with whether it's good for us. I guess Kirwin heard that McCoy might have trouble in the interview, but obviously Telesco and Deano were wowed.
I was happy that we passed on Arians, since I don't think his one unorthodox interim success story neccessarily makes him head coaching material. I heard Charley Casserly and his crazy Ken doll hair say that he polled teams last season and asked them who the candidate was that they were most impressed with that didn't get the job. Mike McCoy's name came back again and again.
Finding a coach reminds me a lot of the process that leads up to the draft. It's really a crapshoot. I can't believe that both the GM and Head Coach of the Chargers are both younger than I am. I'm only a few months from 42, by the way. I like the fact that Wisenhunt has come on board as OC. I wondered if it would be a weird dynamic taking the coordinator job after interviewing for the head spot. If the Ravens hadn't won, Wisenhunt might have been our coach. But after listening to his interview on the Scott and BR Show, it sounds like it won't be too awkward. McCoy and Wisenhunt seem to already have a good rapport. I had no idea that Frank Reich was Peyton Manning's QB coach, but I am in favor of anything that gets Rivers to hold onto the ball and stop throwing such asanine interceptions. If he could finally learn how to throw the ball away properly and not slide so that he appears to suddenly be going backwards, that would be a plus.
So, in all, I'd say I'm happy with the Bolts' new blood. At least I can't accuse Spanos of sticking to the same bullshit about "continuity." We wanted change and we got it. Whether it will be the right change will only be told in time. I haven't uploaded any tunes in a bit, but I've attached an excellent transfer of The Justice Is Coming House Band's Summer Solstice concert of 1980. It was actually held during the band's only trip to Alaska. It was in a high school auditorium and you can listen to it here. I'll certainly be back to post after the Super Bowl. In the meantime, look for some occasional contributions over at Bleacher Report.
This installment of Justice Is Coming is dedicated to Conrad Bain. I was happy to see that his role in the first scene of Bananas turned up in his obituary. The "Execusizor" may be an invented whose time has finally come.
Enjoy the weekend. I can't call it Championship Sunday unless we're the ones playing for a championship. Plus, the next time we get there I am more concerned that we are the last ones standing to "party with the Lombardi."
Seeing captain comeback make the sb in his 2nd fucking season as an nfl coach makes me queasy if just because it reminds me of something acee the asshole said. After one of his stupid articles, I told him that a new head coach could make a huge diference, case in point Harbaugh. Asshole responds that Harbaugh was an aberration and most teams couldn't get so lucky in hiring a new coach to immediately turn around the team.
I just want to comment one last time about this crap I continuously hear (in defense of #firenorv) about how his players never quit on him. Every malcontent was shipped out long ago so of course all our choirboy Chargers would not quit on that paperbag coach. I guess my point is that it still sickens me to hear people trying to defend that azzclown.
The guy was a three time failure in my book and should be locked away for life. Canepa the greek says he can't believe Norv didn't know how to coach -- the guy "mustve" known how to coach after that miraculous first season. And perhaps the consecutive letters n-o-r-v would not be so sickening if that idiot took just ONE ounce of accountability of his failures. Call Lance Armstrong a douche but he still rates higher in my book than #firenorvagain.
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@Osaka17 http://wwww.signonsandiego.com/news/2008/dec/28/1s28canepa004128-alex-spanos-says-his-memory-fadin/?page=1 here is the article about our Greek owner and Nick Canepa.though he does look Jimmy the Greek, Canepa is of Italian descent, according to his article above. Interesting point on Norv, but players come and go, even a 2-14 team could be said to have a coach who never "lost the locker room." So it is really two different things, winning and being a players coach. It would be interesting though to hear from some malcontents. I am not a #keepNorv apologist, but I think there is a lot of truth to his players never quitting on him. Maybe that's because we never had the great players w/ super sized egos. This goes more toward accountability and guys just being happy to cash a check along with lack of coaching and lack of player development. In the end, it is possible to never have lost the locker room and still have a half ass coach. Maybe that's the new norv norm in the NFL, in laid back organizations like AZ &SD, ?
I'm more impressed with the acquisition of Ken and Frank other than Mike itself. I guess the front office made the right moves on what was available on the market. Arians was heavily speculated but somehow I didn't think he was the right guy for this job (maybe because he looks like Norv a lot...). Hopefully McCoy will be able to keep his players focused more than Turner.
This 2013 new regime looks like they'll rely more on draft than before. Still, it's not clear for me if this way they manage to rebuild this team from draft has to do more with save money or constitute a new philosophy. I"ll have to wait till the season begun to find out.
@AntonioGrilloNeto Cant argue with wait and see. AJ talked draft but only as an explanation for not signing big FAs. A lot needs to be proven.
@Lucab12 You're right on AJ's tactics... let's hope that this won't happen again....
@AntonioGrilloNeto At first I didn't realize Reich and Wisenhunt were who you were talking about--Ken and Frank sound like two guys you meet at a bar. Thanks for coming over from Bleacher Report, BTW. The comments I get there are generally a little insipid for my tastes.
sdjeff: Good point on adjustments, its one thing to be outplayed, but outfought and out-thought are not acceptable. Especially since the legacy of the Bolts is Bambi, Air Coryell and great passing. Forget the Raiders, we practically invented the long bomb. SD is the birthplace of the modern passing game. Hard to watch as the new breed QB, read offenses take precedent, hopefully a passing fad, no pun intended. The off season will be fun, with the draft and mini camps. FA signings at CB, everything looks good, remember, we might still have the youngest QB in the division.
Let's see what happens when a close game is on the line. That will be very telling. Will there be anymore 4 & 29 disasters? Anymore double-digit leads blown in the second half of games? Will there be effective in-game adjustments? When these types of problems are corrected is when we'll know things have truly changed. Also, more accountability please. No more of this encounter group bullshit. These are MEN, not boys, getting paid a lot of money to do a job. I'm very curious to see how this unfolds. Fuck, this is going to be one long, long off-season.
With regard to LT's rejuvenation it was mostly in the passing game with NYJ. Yet, I remember countless passes towards LT which Rivers wasted via inaccuracy. That game was so weird in 2010, in the first half Sanchez looked like he was a HS QB then he became Joe Namath in the 2nd half. Poor game planning, yes by Norv, should have been a home game O juggernaut.
As far as the triumvirate, I think the biggest benefit will be clock mgmt, at which Norval was horrible. Hopefully McCoy delegates this just like red flag review.
We will find out quickly if Rivers has changed, as progress would involve a 4th QTR comeback which has also not been seen in almost 4yrs. If he can't get one next year, its time to move on, lack of mobility, turnovers, and the inevitable 4th QTR loss will seal his fate, or with a comeback rejuvenate PR.