I'm not really a U2 fan, but the title seemed appropriate. However, I do love ZZ Top and think that the gatefold from the Tres Hombres album which you see to your left sums up their musical style to a "t." I'm not that into the Eliminator stuff, but they play the hell out of it live. I'm actually going to see them tonight and thanks to the flexing of the KC/Denver game will have a later kickoff on Sunday. However, the Chargers are still reeling from that Washington loss. If they're not, then I surely am. Even though it was to an extremely talented team that handed us our second defeat in a row for the first time all year, we still haven't won since the DC meltdown.
Shaun Phillips is such a massive pussy. Did you see him shoving Mathews on that one play? It wasn't even a play where Phillips did anything. If I'm not mistaken, it was one of those runs where the offensive line collapsed entirely. Kevin Acee was of course reminding us of Phillips' value, but I'm happy he;s gone. I've heard from people who would know that he's just as selfish as I have always assumed he was. The fact that he had Knighton doing his stupid fucking sack dance was even more sickening. I saw that Denver wanted to try to start Jammer against us. You're only hurting yourself with that. It's like Washtngton giving AJ Smith the game ball because we were too stupid to run at the end in or Rex Ryan starting LT in 2011 because of who his opponent was. Not every team change needs to be met with a symbolic gesture. Jammer still sucks, anyway. It was nice to see one more old PI from him for old times sake. Do you really think that keeping him, Phillips, or Vasquez would fix our team right now?
I saw someone on Twitter suggesting that Cason should never have been let go. Sadly, he may be better than Cox, but that doesn't mean that we should have kept him. It's a crap shoot sometimes. King Dunlap has been better than I ever would have thought, but he's suffered three concussions. But when I see Hacksaw Hamilton Tweeting that Telesco is at fault for not keeping these former players, I have to laugh. The Chargers have problems, but not holding onto these guys isn't one of them. What is valid is the criticism of Mike McCoy and the suggestion that he needs to be coach more desperately. The Bolts don't seem to have a sense of urgency and I'm not just talking about McCoy letting the two-minute warning come against Denver without calling a timeout. He told the local media that they would have blasted him if he'd gone for it on fourth down in the first half last week. He also revealed that his staff discusses and decides whether to go on 4th down during the week. I know he’s a rookie coach, but I truly hope they don’t make such decisions beforehand. There is no question that McCoy’s in-game decisions have been sketchy. Nick Novak’s miss seemed appropriate because field goals weren’t winning us that game anyway. It was only two seasons ago that Norval played for a tie, Junior Seau made his final appearance before Charger fans, Novak pissed in a jug, and we lost to Denver. I've written at great length this season that I don't care what the coach or players say, but how they act when it counts. Rivers defended his sliding, which was fine, but to do so before the first down marker was a huge mistake. Last week was the type of game where those mistakes come back to haunt you. Vincent Brown didn't hold onto a touchdown pass and that also turned out to hurt. McCoy took a timeout on the goal line and finally brought in Mathews. But his scoring just made the decision not to run him in DC that much stupider. Thus far, this team has been too often about "not quite enough" or "too late to matter." I could say that Mathews wasn't used enough for the second straight week, but then I hear he has a hamstring pull. That's been one of the many problems with him. He either turns it over or gets hurt every time it seems like it's the team's fault.
Cox got benched, but then had to come in when Wright got hurt. Yet again, it was another scenario that left the Chargers as losers. The aforementioned Antoine Cason got benched when Plaxico Burress scored three touchdowns against him, but Marcus Gilchrist proved no better. I still remember the Chargers driving in that 2011 game and seeing the CBS shot of Dean Spanos and AJ standing in the owners box. The Chargers were driving for what seemed like it would at least be a field goal, but Rivers threw a pick to Revis and everything came apart. Was that the aggressiveness we are looking for right now? Fuck no, that was just a forced pass to Vincent Jackson.
I also have a hard time saying that the defense had a strong finish on Sunday. Besides the long touchdown, which I was spared seeing when the Cincy/Baltimore game went into OT, they couldn't make the one stop that would have made all the difference. The same could be said for the offense. They scored until they were one away from tyiing it up. That's when they failed. That's a microcosm of what I fear will happen with this team once again. In 2010 and 2011, they blew so many games early and yet had a chance in November to make the playoffs. It would take a miracle, seemingly, but even when the one team lost that the Chargers needed to get in, the Bolts lost their own game. I know a lot of people still say that the talent level and inexperience of the coaching staff should temper my expectations. But this team has let at least two games slip through their fingers. They have the hardest schedule in the NFL from here on in. They need to make these games matter.
Miami couldn't be a team in more trouble. Yet, they started 3-0. I was at the last Chargers game down there. If I hadn't gone to DC, I might have considered booking a trip ahead of time. But it's too early for me to have that feeling that I should already be thinking about the next season. Talk to you tomorrow.
Lets see, 2 more red-zone field goals, a roughing-the-passer penalty that took a turnover away from the defense and handed a TD to the opposition (way to go Liuget), a taunting penalty that basically took way a 20 yard gain (thank you for your contribution KA). Throw in a whole bunch of crappy tackling and you get another frustrating loss. A an opponent left for dead is suddenly alive and well. And to top it all off they are in last place behind the Raiders! Congratulations you fucking clowns you really did your selves proud today!
Derek Cox please go away.
Marcus Gilchrist you looked like an animal caught under a steam roller.
4-7 coming up, bank it. Their chances of winning in KC are roughly equal to the speed of light times a negative number.
December will be black out month in San Diego, all 4 games. Keep your Goddamn tickets you fucking losers.
This will be the first season since 1967 that I don't attend a single home game.
McCoy I'm starting to wonder about you, as many people are I'm sure.
Fuck this shit.
Liuget cost them the game.
Clary still sucks.
Rivers is a statue so stepping up in the pocket only works for a while.
Figures Mathews would have the best run of his short career but not score.
If you can't beat Miami there is no way this team can win a playoff game so no reason to hope they would make it in.
Two more years, two more drafts and maybe we can compete with the big boys. Maybe by then, maybe.
Great minds think alike, Whit. Guess I beat you to it.
Andy Reid, who I did not want as the bolts next head coach has taken the Chiefs from last place in the league to first place and last undefeated team standing. The first thing Reid did after his hiring was get his new QB. Smith looks better than Kaepernick does this year so Reid is "the Man" right now.
Reid got ran out of Philly last year and because I live outside of Philly I not only witnessed it, I agreed with it. Just like I agreed with them giving up on King Dunlap. My only point in bringing these things up is that it is obvious that changing head coaches and players can do a lot for NFL teams. Dunlap wasn't doing too bad until his head became the liberty bell. He was a "soft" and slow player in Philly. In SD he seemed to improve.
While Reid and Smith are riding high and getting ready for the match-up of the week, the bolts are once again irrelevant. They are not even a "newsworthy" mention on any national telecast.
Speaking of song references Ross, the Aerosmith song No More No More keeps repeating in my head. First because of my opinion of the excuses, second because of the lyrics " it's the same old story never get a second chance for a dance to the top of the hill".
Once again referring to the Reid and Smith reference, it all comes down to the head coach and the QB. McCoy can't cut it yet and Rivers can't deliver. Not that I don't think McCoy can't improve. Of course he can but can Rivers hang on long enough until he does and if he does will he deliver?
What's sad Jeff is that if we are so worried about this game, look at the other teams they have left to play.
I hate this Dolphin game. They have the defense to give Rivers and the offense a real bad time. While their O-Line is in shambles right now, I have serious doubts that this Charger defense can take advantage of this opportunity. I don't feel good about this game at all, but I guess most of that stems from having watched this script play out the wrong way too many times. I predict Sunday evening we'll be hearing the same old tired lines from the coaches and players about not being able to score TD's in the red zone, too many turnovers, not forcing enough turnovers and blah blah blah. Hope I'm wrong but I've been right about this stuff a lot lately. Hey look, I got though an entire post without using any bad words!
@sdjeff Where do I sign this? Awesome analysis! This whole shit is wrong in SD.
I Bet Asamougha and Revis are better than invisble twins Cox and Marshall.
Liuget and Reyes are having careers years... but for worst.
Who the fuck Cam Thomas think he is? We need a NT now!
McCoy is too conservative in play calling... he's remind us Norv Turner...
V-Brown: you should read the game plan before step in the field. It'd do wonders for your game. And just one more thing: you're allowed to catch the ball ok?
Hire LOVIE SMITH for this D.
How about that. The more things change the more they stay the same.
I also see that I'm still asking Rivers to prove who he is. I hate this shit.