2008 San Diego Chargers – A Win Is A Win

Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 12:22 —by Chargers Blogger
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The thing that jumped out most during the Charger game against the Chiefs on Sunday was the contrast in coaching.  Kansas City Coach, Herm Edwards, once said, “You play to win the game!”  He said this during a fiery press conference after his then Jets lost an important game.  The phrase will be used around football forever and will probably be etched on his gravestone when he dies.  Herm Edwards is a man’s man.  He is old school.  He is the complete opposite of Norv Turner.

On the sidelines, Norv Turner always has a look on his face like he is hipster who is over it because he has to be over it.  He always seems somewhere between either almost totally disappointed or like he is contemplating the insane reality that he still gets head coaching opportunities.  I don’t know if I have ever watched somebody who is so out of place being in charge.  And the sad part is, if he were in the same position that Herm Edwards was at the end of Chargers’ win on Sunday, there is no doubt in my mind that he would have kicked the extra point. 

A win is a win (that will not be on my gravestone), but sometimes the losing team gets all the glory.  All day the Chiefs’ offense did whatever they wanted against San Diego.  Tyler Thigpen basically played catch with his two favorite receivers, Dwayne Bowe, and Tony Gonzalez, making the Chargers look like a bunch of dumb cows who can’t figure out that the fence has electricity running through it.  It was embarrassing and Norv looked bored. 

The Chargers’ offense, while still displaying an ineffective LT, did move the ball rather well to finally take the lead at the end of the fourth quarter.  In the game’s final drive the Chiefs marched down the field and scored an easy touchdown making the score 19-20.  Immediately after the touchdown, Herm Edwards shot his hand in the air with two fingers pointing to the sky.  He never considered going to overtime; he played to win the game.The Chargers made a big stop in the end zone and won the game, but the 1-8 Chiefs walked off the field with more respect.  The Chargers are still considered a disappointment because they were supposed to stomp the Chiefs at home after figuring themselves out after the bye week. 

Next San Diego goes to Pittsburgh, which could very easily be a disaster.  The Steelers always play well at home later in the season, and their defense seems to get stronger every week.  In the film, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character, Phil, always claims that he is not going Pittsburgh because he knows that he is trapped living the same reality over and over again.  He says this before realizing that he has to improve himself before he can move forward.  Hopefully before walking onto Heinz Field next Sunday, the Chargers will be able to see their shadow.

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