Some people might wonder why my frustration with the Chargers has gone beyond the owner, coach, general manager or players and on to the local media. Why would I care what Kevin Acee says about the team? Well, FAITHFUL READER, it would appear that our cries for change are ignored by Dean Spanos. Acee has essentially operated as a liaison between the organization and the fans for a few years now. No, it shouldn't be that way. But San Diego is a unique market, I guess. The once-beat writer has been doing Bill Johnston's job for the last few seasons. At least Acee hasn't recommended "chill pills." But he's always acted like he wants to break a big story or get his name linked to a player more than delivering news or thoughtful opinon. Darren Smith chided him on xx1090 this week about his "relatinoship" with Vincent Jackson. Before that, Acee hitched his train to Shawne Merriman. I don't doubt for a minute that he actually wanted Jackson to have a bigger game to prove himself right. In the U-T this week, he criticized the offensive line. I agree that they aren't good enough. But this is the guy who was defending Clary when Dielman, McNeill and Hardwick were all on the team. I don't recall him suggesting that Tyronne Green wasn't good enough before now. Don't try and play fucking Nostradamus now.
Look at the three things I wrote for Bleacher Report before the season. None of them have happened, which is why we are in this fucking mess. In the interview from the Darren Smith show, Acee mentioned that we all cry about no accountability and want the Chargers to lose to get Norv fired. If we thought that the Bolts were headed in the right direction and that IT WOULDN'T TAKE A COMPLETE DISASTER OF A SEASON to make a change, we might feel differently. Dean Spanos needs an outcome that is so clear that he can make a big boy decision.
I'll be watching and rooting but wondering if we are getting closer or farther from a ring. This team is like a dying horse right now that needs to be put down. Or for you young kids, they are like a twitching zombie that needs to be shot in the head. I have attached my contributions to a book released by the "Super Fans" this summer. No, Aquaman or the Wonder Twins are in it. You can see the big images by clicking and buy it here or here. It's all for charity. In celebration of the new Bond movie, which I have yet to see, I have also included a work of art from my childhood that does not involve football. It's actually not that bad.
Talk to you tomorrow. You can't be half a Charger.
Just saw a transcript by Marty Caswell of some interview that Rodney Harrison did and I believe he echoed what most of us think.
This team is going nowhere and sinking at a speed that is just unfathomable. What we saw on Sunday was just ridiculous, haven´t seen our offense be so inept since the Craig Whelinhan years, Rivers seemed scared shitless even when no pressure is on him (see Int #1).
For the first time I am officially against retaining AJ, for the last 3 years I wanted Norv out but somehow I thought this wasn´t AJ mess. This Sunday I started going through the roster and HOLY FUCK! We really suck all around…
QB: playing scared and stupid / RB: Still think Mathews can do something but if they don´t use him, what is the point? / WR: Alexander has been good but really, all Charger WRs are mediocre at best / TE: Gates seems too old now / OL: Biggest joke in the NFL / DL: at times very good but can never get to the QB / LBs: Other than Butler, all mediocre with Spikes being way too old / DB: Weddle is good, the rest of the secondary has the bench being better than those starting, so why bother? / ST: Two block punts and we´re back to 2010 all of a sudden.
While I maintain that the #1 culprit other than Spanos is Norv for this catastrophe I really think there´s no other way we get “justice” if both are not gone next year.
Spanos makes his decisions based on the bottom line. Still no stadium in Southern CA. Meanwhile SF is in the process of building theirs up north.
I have now officially given up on this season. Our latest effort against Denver showed how very far we are from competing against playoff competition.
So now what is left. All that is left to figure out is will Spanos spend big money to get a big name. There are a couple of big names out there. You know who they are.
Or will Spanos take the Mike Reilly path to nowhere again. It's cheaper so that's the way he will probably go. Meanwhile the fanbase gets smaller and the chances of moving the team out of SD increase.
@boltrunner Whit, a JIC decal is coming to you as well. Mike Riley might be the reason they are hesitant to get the next great coach (SF, Tampa, etc) from the college level and go after the Gruden, Cowher, etc. It's sad, but we all should have seen this coming once Norv was retained.
Dean Spanos needs an outcome that is so clear that he can make a big boy decision.
I don't think todays game helped him. I think we were 'close enough' that he would consider keeping Norv. If we lose the rest of our games by only a touchdown or less, I believe that we will still have Norv next season. I think it's hysterical that he can make a big boy decision on a 14-2 head coach, but not on the head coach that has systematically destroyed what was once a pretty damn good football team.
I can't look forward to the off-season yet. I really believe that it's a good possibility that we will retain both our hapless head coach and our GM. Or, almost as bad, that we will lose Norv and AJ will hire Lane Kiffin.