Norv haters, you might get your wish. I don't see them recovering.
After hearing the prerequisite "we won't fumble the snap" jokes on Sirius, I hear Tim Ryan talk about when he was at USC, Rodney Peete did the same thing in the Rose Bowl 2 years in a row. Did not make me feel better. Then he wondered why we don't run more when it is clear that KC is using so many guys on Gates. No answer there. Norv can't call plays OR inspire guys? Wow, sign me up. Ryan also wondered why there was no fire when Hardwick was thrown to the ground on the fumble. Again, looks to be a coaching problem. I finally heard the Josh Lewin play by play of the fumble--I had music on at the time while watching. They mentioned that fireworks went off as Rivers fumbled. I am surpirsed we didn't blame that. This post on the Chargers Message Board really hit home:
There have been some all time lows for me as a Charger fan. When we lost to the Patriots in 2006 and to the Jets in 2009 to name a few. But out of all of the games I have seen this team lose, I truly think this one hurts the most. I really am at a loss for words. There is no team in the NFL that beats themselves like the Chargers. Week in week out, year in year out. This team constantly shoots themselves in the foot. Sometimes I think it's unreal how these things keep happening to us but now I have just come to realize that it always happens. Always. It shouldn't even surprise me anymore. I should just expect it.
I am 23 years old, I starting watching the Chargers in 2004. I was new to football. I am extremely loyal to all my teams in every sport that I watch and will never change teams no matter how bad losses like these hurt. I will always be a Charger fan for life.
However, for the first time in my 7 years as a fan, I am refusing to watch next weeks game. The loss to New York hurt so bad and this on top of it just kills me. Like I said I will always be a Charger fan for life, but I refuse to watch this team play next week. I will not watch next weeks game.
I don't think I've ever been this mad in my entire life.
I know that you need to separate and let someone hit rock bottom before they can change, but I don't know what rock bottom is. They always find a new low.
How do you choke away a game in which you never led for even a single play? The Chargers found a way. They have found a way to lose once again. How many times does this team need to be “humbled?” The fans don’t deserve it. I can’t get them to stand up to the opposition, but I can stand up to this team. I will watch and report (and come out and say that I think this team is going nowhere fast), but I won’t believe. I don’t know if I have JIC because I know I will always tune in or if I now tune in because I have the site. It doesn’t matter. Something changed for me after that last playoff loss. Sadly, it didn’t change in them. Rivers has his best half of football and actually uses his legs to make 2 big throws, but…The defense stops the Queefs and 3rd and short, but… I know Acee has been mentioning the “buts” in those post-game videos. However, that’s what defines this team. There is always a “but.”
I threw away my mini Philip Rivers McFarlane figure during the game but pledged to take it out of the trash if they won. Nick Canepa said of Ryan Mathews a few weeks back “either he’s the guy or he’s not.” Right now, it appears that he’s not. That goes for the whole team. They’re not…winners. I guess this is what people say about those with addictions. They need to bottom out, no matter how much you want to stop them. The thing is, you would have thought they would have bottomed out by now. I guess not. If games like last night get us going upward quicker because people will get canned, so be it.
When Armani Toomer is thanking the Giants for trading Rivers, you know it's bad. He has a ring with the guy Rivers was swapped for, but I wonder if he felt that way when Rivers led the Chargers back in NJ in 2009.