'Blame Game' Begins As Bolts Beat Down By Broncos


As the play clock struck all zeros in the fourth quarter in San Diego last night a lot of people were shocked with the out come, 35-24. This is a lot bigger then a loss. It can leave more negative impressions than a 18 year old teenager could have on a 5 year old. It was more than a 24 point blown lead to a team searching for identity. This was a game that completely made everyone including the fans understand that the Chargers are back as the joke of the NFL.

Fans were left to ask themselves what went wrong in 2 quarters of a game that appeared so simple in the first 2? Fans have started to play the “blame game,” on who is to blame for the Chargers historic loss. It’s time to hear the truth and that is what I am about to reveal to fans of San Diego.

5%- Chemistry- There were plays, whether they were on offense or defense, that created a negative play or vibe. Two examples: Eddie Royal’s misread on the option route, and Atari Bigby leaving Jammer high and dry over the top.

10%- Philip Rivers- I am a man of my word. I don’t jump on and off band wagons. People who do it may not examine all the facts and make a hasty decision. That is why I am not off the wagon, but I am certainly dragging from it. Rivers did nothing wrong last night. Why are people blaming him for his 4 interceptions? Look closer at the game and you will see Rivers had to force passes due to the fact of being hit consistently. He is trying to make something happen. What did he do wrong? After Denver scored the first 2 touchdowns he stopped believing. He stopped acting like a leader. Most of all, he gave up. As a quarterback to overcome adversity you must believe and have the will and want to achieve. If you don’t have that then there really isn’t any reason to play the game. Also, it might be time to start looking for a new quarterback. Rivers delivery is really starting to affect his power. Rivers hasn’t had as much pop out of his hand as it used to. With that and his attitude it could pose a question mark as to does he still have it. It is still early yet, but so far it doesn’t look pretty.

20%- The Offensive line- They honestly never looked sharp. It was unbelievable how easy it looked for Denver’s pass rush. It made the Bolt’s line look like a piece of lined paper. Outside of Nick Hardwick everyone slacked. The biggest failure was Clary. It seemed every play Elvis Dumervil was chasing Rivers. We also can’t forget about the LACK of rush. This aspect of the game was so bad, I don’t know if there is a way to improve and fix it right now.

30%- Norv Turner- I have a lot to say on this subject but the main thing is that he comes from a different generation where out of respect you ease up on an opponent when you are crushing them. It bit the Bolts in the butt 2 times in 2 weeks. In the NFL it is cut throat. If you have your foot on their neck? Step on it! Make sure that their is no way that they can come back and scorch you. Nine times out of ten you will get burned beyond belief. Think about it like this. You are in a fight, and you are dominating your opponent, are you going to stop because you feel bad? No, because you want to win. If you give them a chance it will backfire and you will get popped in the face once, twice, three times and by the time you try to fight back it is too late. Not to mention, at half time, you need to keep your team motivated and united. Fans get sick and tired of seeing their team flat. Play calling was an issue as well as his attitude, etc. Don’t worry I will address it all in another article. Just to save time, arguing with Rivers on the sideline isn’t a way to keep your job.

35%- AJ Smith- Let’s be honest, when it comes down to it all of the things above have been created due to one man… this man. A man who many perceive as good as fired. Two areas of concern were at the top of the list and he obviously didn’t address either. While corner back isn’t a big concern, offensive line is. AJ had all the chances to solve the problem but ignored it and now fans sit here and question their quarterback and leader. It’s really hard not to blame AJ in this whole escapade. He brought Norv back, he signed… I won’t even say the OT’s name. As far as I am concerned he isn’t even a part of the team anymore.

The Chargers may have just become the most embarrassed 3-3 team in the NFL, maybe more embarrassed then most 2-4 teams. One good thing is that the Chargers will have time to let this really fester. The first half of the game showed that San Diego can be a truly great defense, but when your offense surrenders two touchdowns you will lose 9 times out of 10 guaranteed if not 10. Can the Chargers defeat and respond to adversity? It is a question with a bad answer right now. One thing is for sure if the Bolts come out soft against Cleveland we could be seeing some changes sooner than later.

Bolt Pride!

-Joey Nicks

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    Good article Joey…. I will say this, though… Only one man wears the pants in this organization, and he should feel really embarrassed right now. If he has any balls whatsoever, SOME sort of message will be sent to the fans during this bye-week.. a message that he is doing something about this. After all the “boycott” talk I heard this year.. that stadium was STILL full of fan support. He HAS to know how bad this situation was! He just lost the last speck of respect that he held with the fan-base.. and in the most insulting way possible. If he doesn’t grab the wheel, and “give this team an old fashioned butt-whoopin” right now… he never will.

    • Joey Nicks

      Pete I understand that the frustration, but understand that it isn’t all Rivers fault and that the Chargers need to step it up. I agree Spanos needs to get on his shit. I feel like he is almost putting up with Norv and AJ. He needs to spend the big bucks and get Chucky in Bolts. Gruden would be amazing for this team. While we sit here in the dark. Rivers may have drawn his last straw with the fan base. The fans need to see too that this is more the o-line’s fault then Rivers.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

        Lol… I WAS talking about Spanos, Joey. I just used a Rivers comment to illustrate my frustration with Dean. After reading my comment, I see why you would think I meant Philip. And,I agree with all you just said, BTW.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

      Message to us is take a chill pill from @ChargersPRguy……really???? They are really out of touch with the fans……

      • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

        I just saw that James! Are they EFFIN KIDDING ME? Go blow a horse already!!! HE should take a chill pill! Ask Norv for some…he always looks calm as a cucumber, while the plane is crashing into the side of the mountain.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

          Stop!!! My gut is hurting so bad from laughing @facebook-590014562:disqus. I sure don’t know how he keeps surviving that crash in the mountain, but just once I tell ya, I wish he’d meet his frick’n demise already…LOL

          • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

            Hahaha! He’s like that movie “Alive”! He is going to eat Dean Spanos, A.J., PR, and the whole crew by the end of the season.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        Dang… I saw that. That was a weird move for him to make. He is the PR guy and should know better

  • 1961 Fan

    It’s all your fault Joey; you said the Bolts would lose three games, you did not tell us they would all come in the first six games. If your prediction of 13 – 3 comes true the Chargers will win the final ten games of the season. You will then be a brilliant predictor; however if this team plays to their level of competence, look for a dismal finish to the the sixth year of the FAILED Norv Turner experiment. Like Pete says it is time for the guy on top of this “dung heap” to get some balls; I am not sure Dean Spanos has any, he certainly does not have any brains. I am not happy that it took six years for the fans to wake up to the fact that under the present management and coaching the Chargers are just a mediocre team. Our next home game is against the Chiefs and I expect it will be the second of 3 or four blacked out games this season. With that said, the fans are showing their discontent with the Bolts performance. If we cannot win in Cleveland then you may start to write off this season and be watching the final games of some players you may have thought untouchable (traded/cut) in the past. At the end of last season I wrote a scathing letter to Spanos he chose to ignore the fans appeal for a change; this year he can’t ignore the results on the field.
    Pops

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.holtman.5 Dan Holtman

      The fanbase of San Diego deserves this mediocre team, because they are mediocre fans. How does a team that has been winning for the last decade, (except the playoffs) not sell out every game? Blackouts are for the Raiders and Jaguars, teams that have been awful for more than a decade. Now, I have been to Qualcomm, and it is a huge piece of shit, but really? The Denver Broncos have well over 300 consecutive sellouts, and over those 300+ games there has been some pretty awful teams, and yet they still show up and support their home team. The Orange County Chargers has a nice ring to it. Don’t you agree?

      • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

        I’m prolly asking for it here… BUT…. Were you the guy who wrote that “Take a chill pill” article? Did the team that you have supported since you were six ever hire a coach that was as weak as water, and then ram him up your ass, season after season.. until the team that could POSSIBLY compete for a championship… simply wilted away into a pathetic media joke? If your team did… you better be a Browns fan or something. Because, if you are a Charger fan.. you should go sign up for the Norv Turner “mediocrity fanclub”: BOOM!

        • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

          I GUARANTEE the Broncos PR staff never wrote a “Take a Chill Pill” article. Just sayin’… they just fired Josh McDaniels, then made Eric Studesville coach after that… then hired a better coach come the next regular season… I’m sure you Donkey fans were SUPER supportive during that time, right?

    • Joey Nicks

      I agree, I won’t make excuses but we lost two game in which we held a double digit lead. I thought maybe Norv learned from last year. Apparently not, the guy is making this real easy to understand why we hate him so much!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

      You wanna go to the Chiefs game with me, Pops? I live in the O.C., but I kinda don’t want to listen to it on the radio, like I usually do.. or watch it on the TV…. I’ll drive down, and pick you up ; )

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1311604274 Russell Grant

    The problem with San Diego was broken down pretty well on ESPN this morning. Mentality. Think about it, the article on the site yesterday was “I know you saw it coming.” Our team plays like they are surprised they are in most big games and the second we have a mistake the team says, “Oh here we go again” and we end up in the toilet the rest of the game. In order for us to win we need to play the perfect game with that mentality. The problem is people rarely play a perfect 60 minutes. A good team knows they’ll make a mistake and know they need to recover.

    The mentality of a team comes from the top (Owner, GM, coaches) and is carried on by the team. Peyton gets a score. Dumervil blows up the line. Two lapses. Not massive at the time but rather than putting the foot on Denver’s throat, we let them up and got punished for it.

    So the bye week and the rest of the season needs to be spent changing the mentality of this team. We have the talent to beat anyone, but until the organization eats sleeps and breathes that reality, we’ll be that team that’s “great on paper but missing that quality that makes them great”.