Reading the media blurb that came out of the San Diego Chargers camp this morning is a little like running over a squirrel. You feel bad and you have a decision to make. If it’s still alive do you go back and finish it off or do you take it to the vet in the hopes that it will one day be whole again?
The attitude in the column by Christopher Smith outlines the “obvious disappointment” of the coaches, players and even the Chargers.com writer. It sounds to me like everyone just wants to win one more game. Even Norv Turner spouts out “We’re having a tough time eliminating negative plays.” What I hear him saying is that he is just not smart enough to figure out how to adjust. That’s it, the squirrel is flat lining.
I read two positives in this blurb. One, Philip has not given up on himself (yet). I am sure he is feeling down, but unlike Philips he did not lash out, Rivers said “It’s rough, but we’re going to keep fighting.” Let’s hope that positive attitude rubs off on some of his teammates. Two, Mathews, who has fumbled nine times in 21 NFL games and lost five. Feels that he is now a target due to that statistic. The other teams feel they have a chance to punch the ball out. Mathews said “Once you get the tag on you, it’s hard to let that go. You’ve just got to prove them wrong. In the beginning of the season, I was.” These two have the potential to be whole again. I decided to save them.
So what happened? What happened to to the team that came out strong? The team that had goals? The team that believed in themselves? The team that we believed in? Norv Turner is what happened. These guys still believe and he does not. Yesterday stating that “our guys are playing as good as they can”. Pardon my French, but that’s bullshit! They have played better before and they will play better again, once you are gone. Decision made.