January, 2008. Every time someone mentions that the 2006 team was our best shot to win it all, I remind them of how soft that team was in the head. They were far from poised and resilient and it showed. Of course, if they had just kept feeding LaDainian on 1/14/07 maybe things would have turned out differently. One of the many cruel ironies of the San Diego Chargers is that the two times they beat the Colts in the postseason, they lost the very next week. The two times that they would have faced Indianapolis for the AFC title game, they shat all over themselves in the first round.
But of course, these Colts have a different quarterback. We haven't been able to beat their old QB since he left and I'm not real keen on facing their new one. It's safe to say that I haven't recovered from last week. I knew that there was a chance that we'd lose at Oakland. You can't be a Chargers fan and not worry about that. But Oakland isn't that good. Pryor gives them some life, but there is no way they should put us in a 17-0 hole like that. Our defense, which somehow held itself together against Dallas, looked abysmal once again. Derek Cox is horrendous. I don't know how he looked somewhat decent in the Cowboy game.
I didn't even know that Gates was wide open on that first Rivers pick. Dan Fouts telling me through the TV that our QB had too much time, didn't make me feel any better. The absence of a running game really puts Rivers right back in the Norv Turner "chuck and suck" offense. I know Mathews will most likely play, but I can't put any faith in him.
Even when it seemed like the offense was really taking it to Oakland in the fourth quarter, I just couldn't allow myself to believe they had a chance. McCoy should have declined that penalty instead of giving Oakland another shot on 3rd down, but the defense was so shitty that it didn't matter. The fact that it was Larry English trying to put Pryor down made it all the more sad.
The game Monday Night officially won't be blacked out, not that it would have effected me. I'm not too psyched to be up by myself once again, especially with the Bolts' recent record on evening television. But I'll be watching, as I'm sure you will. I don't know how good the Colts are, but they look to be a hell of a lot better than us. They beat Seattle last week, which is pretty impressive. I wasn't really kidding when I Tweeted that I could see the Chargers winning this week and then losing to Jacksonville.
But they would need first to win on Monday Night in order to disappoint us so colossallly the following week. If they lose, then my hopes for a WildCard berth would seem pretty bleak. The schedule gets a hell of a lot more difficult after the bye. But I won't get into my "what does it all mean" space just yet. Despite Kevin Acee's article this week, I can't get excited about DJ Fluker's future if we begin our annual late season swoon early this year.
Of course, the U-T also ran a piece about the Chargers leaving San Diego. You will notice, FAITHFUL READER, that I don't really comment publicly on the possibility of the team relocating. Having never been a San Diegan, I don't really think it's my place to write about it. But there's no question that for better or worse, the Chargers' identify is deeply embedded in the city in which they've always played. It definitely makes fan even more pissed when the team plays as badly as it too often does.
Before the Oakland game, I wrote that Keenan Allen would be forgiven for wearing that Oakland hat if he helped the Chargers win. He had a hell of a game last week, but we didn't end up with the win. I have no idea what happened on that interception in the end zone. By that point, I had gotten into bed and was watching the game next to my wife with Coltrane's Complete Village Vanguard Recordings on . I hadn't given up on the game, but was trying to get myself into a comfortable head space. I started the evening with a fantastic margarita on a viewing of Ghost Shark. If you haven't seen it, you're really missing out. It's infinitely better than Sharknado.
I see in the comments section from last week's post, that Jeff has already beat me to the punch on the stadium issue. I agree that there is a different level of frustration when you are talking about blackouts and ticket prices. I guess all I can say is that I chose to suffer with this team, rather than accept them as my local team. Obviously, I don't need to prove my loyalty or else you wouldn't be reading this.
As I am about to rip into the Bolts for looking like such shit against Oakland, I see that they are hanging with KC thus far. I still think we should have won last week. The only two times the Chargers lost in January and I didn't stay sick about it for months were after the '07 and '08 campaigns. At least they didn't shoot themselves in the foot. I guess that's all I am hoping for tomorrow night. The last time they played a Columbus Day Monday Nighter was 2005, I believe. They fought with the Steelers until the very end, but just couldn't stop Jerome Bettis. I remember going to bed disappointed, but at least I felt like the opposition beat us. That Pittsburgh team got a hell of a lot better after that October evening and won the Super Bowl. Yes, they got some pretty nice calls against Seattle. But all I ask for tomorrow is a team that doesn't beat itself.
I guess Ryan Mathews has been cleared to play. I can't imagine him signing another contract with the Chargers, but I can imagine him being good (and healthy) with another team. Isn't that the way things have been wtih the Bolts? But for now, I think they should use him as much as they can without him fumbling. I can't say that he would have scored on the fourth down in which Woodhead was stopped because they haven't let Mathews carry near the goal line all season. As much as that fumble in Philadelphia was a killer, I don't think they can continue to avoid giving him the ball when he's healthy. There is nothing wrong with trying a run on the ten yard line when he is the only guy who has shown that he can score from there. I repeat, there is nothing wrong with running on the ten-yard line. A lot of bad things can happen when you're throwing from that distance.
Of course, our offensive line isn't exactly stout. But as long as we are paying Mathews, we should be getting the most out of him that we can. I think McCoy did a pretty good job of that before the concussion, with the exception of avoiding him like the plague at the goal line. That's all for now. By popular demand, I will begin with the podcast or youtube video posts after the bye week. As you know, I'm going to Washington for the game on 11/3. That would be a good time to start. I will be in touch throughout the evening tomorrow.
The Egypt DVD isn't the GD at it's best, but they play a lot better then was always reported. You can see BIlly with a bandaged left hand behind his drum kit. He apparently fell off a horse and the band cancelled all its summer shows before Egypt. I recently stumbled upon the Allen Woody Memorial I attended in 2000. It's got some great stuff, although I must admit that my then-girlfriend now-wife left midway through. Maybe I had too much too fast. Anyway, wou can see it here.
Protect the Dream.
Alright! Credit where it is due. The defense played its collective ass off tonight. That's what we need, every fucking week not just every other week. Solid. The offense played error free football save a couple penalties. Solid. Hats off to the next-man-up guys on both sides of the ball. Coaching - spot on. Novak - deadly. Way to go Bolts!
You bring up good points @boltrunner. I think the o-line has done probably above adequate in protecting PR. Also, props to McCoy for putting in a plan that keep Rivers upright especially with so many re-treads and young guys. I agree that Telesco should go o-line first in next couple drafts. Or I would say --- the top six picks they get in 2014-16 coming in the first two rounds --- 3 picks should be oline. You have to further keep in mind that Hardwick can't play forever so they must draft his replacement soon.
For RB, they should be able to pick up someone serviceable in the first 3 rounds. Mathews is gone after this year. They might even be able to pick up a free agent for a year that can handle 200 carries.
Did you read the story about Liuget finally coming on? Jeez they've been h-o-r-r-i-b-l-e. Is Cam Thomas really even playing? They should be looking for Jamal Williams' phone number.
Anyway, let's see what the Colts bring today.
Oh, there is no doubt AJ lived off those 2 drafts for ever. With Eli's 2 rings, Kaeding's choke jobs Castillo's ineffectiveness and Merriman's retirement they don't even look so good. Lachey worked out in Washington but I remember Fouts calling the other one "Fatspatrick" after he was drafted.
That's always the problem with this team Ross. Ever since LT broke that season scoring TD record the truth is not clear. Does our running game suck so bad because the offensive line sucks or does the running back suck so bad making the line look like it sucks? Clearly Telesco thinks the line sucked to take Fluker. But the line has done an ok job of protecting Rivers, right? Or did McCoy design the offense to get rid of the ball quickly because he knows how bad the line really is?
Remember when Matt Millen took 3 receivers in a row with first round picks between 2003 and 2005 and everyone mocked him, and rightly so because he had no clue as to what he was doing. But my point is that Telesco should definitely spend another 1st round pick next year on an offensive lineman and if he did it in 2015 I wouldn't think he was too crazy.
I just believe that the Chargers organization has not been able to choose O-linemen very well in the past 25 years. Not that they have invested in many. The last time the Chargers spent a first round pick on an offensive lineman was the year 1986 in which the team had 2 first round picks. With the no. 8 pick in the first round they took Leslie O'Neal. With the no. 12 pick they took a guy by the name of James FitzPatrick. The previous year they also chose an O-lineman with their first round pick. At no. 12 they chose Jim Lachey.
I guess it is easy to see why the offensive line has sucked for so long. It really puts what LT accomplished with the Chargers in a new light.
One last thing. We know the defense sucks also and having looked at our last thirty years of drafts my conclusion is that if it were not for Smiths 2004 and 2005 drafts he would have been every bit as bad as Matt Millen was in Detroit.
@sanderzz Huge win. Dont even care that I have to get up in six hours. Now they have to worry about Justin Blackkmon.