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.no comments