2008 San Diego Chargers – Down The Tubes

Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 17:09 —by Chargers Blogger
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On Sunday afternoon, after the Atlanta Falcons kicked a field goal on their first drive of the contest, the Chargers used their first positive moment of the day to take their only lead. Late in the first quarter, the Bolts were forced to punt the ball away, but Falcons return man Harry Douglas was unable to catch Mike Scifres’ bomb of a kick. Anthony Waters recovered, and four plays later LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a three-yard run to put the Chargers up 7-3. 

And then things went back to normal for a team who has lost control of its destiny.  “We just never got going very good,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “We were backed up a couple of times and that certainly hurt us. That was a good team over there, but we hurt ourselves in penalties and had some misses as in any game. Unfortunately too many and that hurt us.”

 It is obvious that there have been a lot of disappointing close games this season, but it if you have managed to watch every game this season with even a shred of realistic objectivity; you know that this is a 4-8 team that should not be going to the playoffs.  The Falcons looked better then the Chargers on both sides of the ball, and on top of that, they looked, and played, like they had more at stake (which they did):  Atlanta will likely be in the playoffs and San Diego will likely have a losing record.

The Chargers are not eliminated from the postseason, but as of right now they do not have complete control of their destiny.  Essentially, for them to make it, teams will have to play just like them.  In all walks of life, nobody likes to be in this position. 

Subsequently, this probably makes the remainder of the season a dramatic train wreck with players with big egos blaming each other, and then agreeing to blame the coach.  The Chargers potentially are in great danger of becoming the Raiders and that is the worst thing they can put their fans through.  As of right now the game against Oakland on Thursday is not even close to being sold out.  The Chargers should win, but if they don’t, their destiny will mirror the team on the other side of the field.

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One Response to “2008 San Diego Chargers – Down The Tubes”

  1. Chris McGinnis said on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 11:30

    AJ Smith has made a series of bad decisions that were motivated by his enormous ego. That along with allegiance to a lack-luster, non-inspiring coach has made what could have been a little bit of a football dynasty into an embarrassing lump of coal in our football stocking. It’s a foregone conclusion that Norv should leave (either by firing or coaching “hari kari” if he has any selfless pride) and because of a string of really bad decisions Smith should go as well. The reason is due to the fact that if he stays the team will reap the costs for many yearsto come. It’s like a train. The more bad decisions that AJ is allowed to make the harder it be and longer it will take to reverse the adverse affects of the consequenses of these bad decisions. Just ask the Raiders and the Redskins. We can be a great organization again but we need to remove the cancerous growth. We need to get rid of ego driven, self complimenting people in the organization that place the blame of losing on everything else except where it rightfully lies, with themselves.

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