…I know it’s crazy, but it’s true.
Beating the Jets on Monday Night Football was a must. I’m normally the first one to call BS on people pulling the ‘must-win’ card in the first few games of the season. All things considered, this was a must-win game.
Yet, despite the victory, I’m not sold on this team.
I like what they did on defense. It was a vast improvement, but going from pedestrian to satisfactory doesn’t make a championship season.
So I’m stuck.
Are the Chargers legit? The past few seasons this team has made great strides but if it’s not one problem it’s another.
If it’s not the offense struggling, it’s the defense.
If it’s not Merriman out, it’s LT.
If it’s not Marty, it’s Norv.
If it’s not Navy Blue, it’s Powder Blue.
The franchise is like an old car you keep dumping money into. The shocks go out, so you replace them. Then the transmission takes a crap, so you replace it too. Then it’s the power steering, and so on. Sure, the guy in charge of buying new pieces of the car is doing great. But I don’t think putting shiny new spinners on a ’84 Buick LeSabre is going to win the car show.
If my analogy hasn’t lost you, let me break it down simply: the Chargers aren’t there yet. Another emasculating loss against a seemingly second-rate team (see: Oakland Raiders) could send this team into a tizzy, and fans with a recently inflated sense of entitlement left wondering what went wrong.
No one thought a playoff bid would be easy, but going into week 4, I doubt anyone thought it would be this hard so soon.