Oh, Antonio, if I only knew when I took this that you would be on the receiving end of one of the two stupidest fucking playcalls I have ever seen in all my years of watching the Chargers. This link to Ken Wishenhunt's comments on Thursday may be dead by the time you read this, but I'm sure you heard them already. He said that he had no problems with Ryan Mathews on the goal line and couldn't imagine why anyone would. It reminded me of Martin Short as jittery yet defiant lawyer Nathan Thurm on Saturday Night Live.
It's almost a week later and I still haven't gotten over that game. As you can see from the Tweet below, I don't believe that not running from the one-yard line has anything to do with AJ Smith leaving us without depth or cap space. I don't think the new coaching staff deserves a pass, either. If you look at abandoning the run in the opener, ignoring the run in TN (Allen wouldn't be setting picks down there if you'd pitch it to Mathews), accepting a penalty to give the Traitors the chance to ice the game with a 3rd and long, and the shitstorm I witnessed last week, I think they've fucked up an awful lot thus far. McCoy deserves credit for working wonders with this patchwork line and getting Rivers to buy in to his offense. But you don't get too many opportunities like you did on Sunday. You can't play scared as they did. Check out this piece I wrote all the way back in 2005 before we all got hurt that first time. I still remember that New York Times article I've referred to before the day after we got stomped in the Super Bowl. "Don't worry, they're young, blah, blah..."
The fact that we are free of both Marty and Norv but still can't finish games no matter how golden the opportunity is what I can't get past. When I saw all the players last week at the hotel, I kept my mouth largely shut. They had just come back from a workout and many of them went up the stairs. I saw Rivers on the phone and was thinking about joking that it had better not be to Norv. But after he opted out of the run on second down to throw that fade to Gates, I wonder if The Pockmarked Pariah doesn't still have a hold on him. DJ Fluker is as enormous as you'd expect and he was many of the players who responded "Thanks, sir" when I wished him luck. At first I was taken aback, but I am 42 years old right now. I did see a woman ask for King Dunlap at the desk only to be told that he might be in the dining room. She didn't look too thrilled, so I wonder if there was a story there. I saw Novak, Troutman, Stuckey and Mathews twice. #24 was walking around with his Beats headphones and that goofy grin he usually has. When I wished him luck, he smiled but seemed nonchalant. Now I wonder if he's just aware of little this coaching staff believes in him.
I remember his fumble in Philly. I Tweeted immdiately that I didn't think he or the Chargers would recover. But to not use him at the end was one of the stupidest moves I have ever seen and we know how many stupid moves we've all witnessed. Right before Rivers threw his second pick, I turned to Terry Moody and said that they should be running a lot more than they were. Allen had dropped that crucial pass and I wonder if Washington was able to creep up a little on him before the interception since Rivers is starting to really forge a bond with him. Allen looked for the flag, which I always think is the loser move. But I'll admit that I wasn't really looking on the JumboTron to see if he had a case. I haven't heard anything to the contrary, so I am assuming not.
Diego mentioned in the comments from Monday's post that he was telling people at the bar he was at to never count the Chargers' opponents out. I thought that Woodhead's play had a chance to stand on replay but I couldn't see from the upper deck when it was his body or the ball that hit the pylon. It doesn't matter. If it getting overturned was needed to show that this team STILL isn't ready to smarten up, then so be it. I shouted "RUN THE BALL" from the upper deck because I knew deep down that they still needed to hear it. As they drove down the field, all I wanted was for another fan base to share that dread when we see the opposition about to ruin our day. But after Rivers rolled out and threw the ball away, I didn't even want them to kick the field goal. Terry told me not to jinx them. but that's how mad I was that they didn't even have the balls to try to seize the moment. Just like Airplane II, I still haven't gotten over Macho Grande.
During the half, the Redskins had some of their alumni on the field, including Doug Williams. I couldn't tell you if he was on the mic at the time, but one of them was telling the on-field announcer that the "Chargers were ready to be taken advantage of." Although I laughed because of the innuendo, I certainly didn't think we were safe with a seven-point lead. But if you watched my video last week, I really thought that the Bolts could be beat but that they wouldn't piss down their own legs anymore. I was wrong and that is what really hurts.
Something broke inside of me on Sunday. Although they are certainly outmatched on paper, they could respond at home as they did against Dallas and Indy. If they beat Denver, I will be able to turn the page on Washington. But I don't want them to rise up this week only to blow another game down the road. I know Mathews is flawed, but he needs to be used. The best comment I read this week was that he and his fumbling are the Chargers' boogeyman. For this reason, I will actually be wearing my #24 jersey on Sunday. It might be as much of sign of protest over last week as it is support for Mathews. But hey, I gotta be me.
That's all for now. I'm not going to bother to break down the game against Denver. I think everyone knows what we would need to do to win. The number one thing is to not be too afraid to win.
Talk to you Sunday.
English done and will be gone. No surprise there.
I see a little light at the end of the tunnel. The problem is that the light is still probably two yrs away. Rivers has played better but still not clutch enough. Could be because of a lack of a running game and 2 starting receivers going down early. But I do see good things out of our draft picks so this thing could turn around in a couple years. I do agree that Mr. Mike and the Wisser needs their balls to grow.
Jeff, I got a lot of complaints. Here are just a few:
I have a lot of problems with McCoy/Wishenhunt. They weren't aggressive when it mattered. When Novak missed the field goal, I said that's what we deserve for settling for 3. This team is still too much about not quite enough and too late to matter.
Hey, I got no complaints. The missed fg-td at the end of the 1st half-td at the start of the 2nd half killed them. Fuck Manning, fuck the Donkies, and fuck all their shit-ass fans. Manning - I hope it's serious and I hope the Chiefs finish your ass next week. Can't wait for you to get your over-valued ass out of the league.
Typical, irrelevant and over. Time to go into watch and wait mode. I'll watch but once again I'll have to wait another year.
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He pats himself on the back for saying the schedule will be too tough in the second half but admits that he should have taken control during the last 22 seconds. It's commendable that he didn't throw anyone under the bus and all.
DC, don't get me wrong. I think Canepa, Acee, Jerry Magee are all front running windbags. If you watch my Tweets I have essentially told Acee not to pull a Howard Cosell if he thinks he's bigger than sports. We didn't make him take his job. Maybe be thought Merriman, Jackson, and AJ would be his ticket out. I don't know if McCoy is the answer. He's done some great things, especially on offense. Rivers was the one who opted for the fade on 2nd down. But I am just saying that the goalline sequence is inexcusable. I don't care what they admit publicly, but they were scared to win. That was too Norvy (or Martyesque) for my tastes.
See that's where we differ. Does Mathews deserve NOT to get the rock down there? At this point they should be using him there. His "role" isn't commensurate with his sins at this point. Someone else will figure out how to use him but while he's on the roster they'd better get the most out of him that they can. That seemed to be the plan during the two weeks that led up to that DC disaster.
The Chargers got fucked at the end. The td should not have been overturned. The officials fucked the placement of the ball. What else can the NFL do to prevent them from winning?
It's clear the coaches have no faith in Ryno near the goal line at the end of the game. I dont care how well he plays this year, the Chargers will look for another rb after this season.
I'm still stewing about Cox. Waste of $20 mil.
@Lucab12 Ross yeah I know I guess I was just glad they didn't get up by 20 and then fuck it away at the end again. I knew the D was going to get shredded and they did but gave up "only" 28. I think the game was won by the donkey's D. I guess my one bitch would be VB's continued crappy play featuring a dropped TD. Other than that it was pretty much what I expected. Sure sucked seeing the Q looking like Mile High Stadium West. Anyway my expectations were very low for the season but of course there are those 3 games they fucked away to pull the rug out from under us again. It's a next-year team always has been I have my doubts that it will ever change.
Your right Jeff. Manning didn't beat us. It was the YAC that killed us. That Demaryius Thomas kicked our ass. Also, Rivers just never looks in total control at the end of games when we need him most. That slide before the first down marker in the first half killed one drive. His delay of game in the second half killed another. That delay of game and lost yardage scared McCoy off from going for it on fourth down during a critical drive. Lastly, every Charger fan from coast to coast knows we don't have a legit running game when we need the tough yardage. Woodhead has done more than expected but he can't do it all.
@Lucab12 I find it interesting that before the game, the mccoy blowjob line was a mile long. Now the guy should be banished to leper island. Im talking the folks at the UT who aint the bastion of pulitzer writing.
and fuck canepa for his incognito/thomas bullshit. fat richie is a fucking douche. even if you feel bullying is cool, that asshole would not be playing this game if he weren't a starter. fuck the dolphins. for once i agree with shula. my 2c