Morning Dump: San Diego Chargers News Around the Web

SAN DIEGO –  Norv Turner keeps saying San Diego can be a good team, and the Chargers keep responding with second-half collapses.

Monday night was epic: The Chargers blew a 24-0 halftime lead and lost 35-24 to Peyton Manning and the AFC West-rival Denver Broncos.

The Chargers organization has repeatedly stated its goal is to not only make the playoffs, but to win the Super Bowl. If your goal is to win the Super Bowl, then the moment you know your leaders are incapable of reaching that goal is the time for new leadership.

11:21PM EDT October 16. 2012 – In the wake of the Denver Broncos’ improbable 24-point second-half comeback to defeat the San Diego Chargers 35-24, the better part of Tuesday was spent heralding Peyton Manning for his heroics.

Chris Berman (ESPN, 18) – What was THAT?

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 11) – That was some collapse Monday night. Talented, but can’t be trusted

In much the same way Eagles coach Andy Reid is trying to save his job — firing Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo when it could be argued successfully that Philadelphia’s defense wasn’t the team’s biggest problem — Chargers coach Norv Turner is attempting to salvage his employment by making a philosophical change.

10:29AM EDT October 16. 2012 – In his nine-year NFL career, Philip Rivers had never been called for a false start penalty. In the first half of Monday night’s game, the San Diego Chargers quarterback was whistled for two.

There are any number of reasons to be embarrassed if you’re the San Diego Chargers. They blew a 24-0 halftime lead and had front-row seats for the type of collapse that, had it been the postseason, would be right up there with the 2004 Yankees implosion. But if you’re searching for a silver lining, that’s it: this isn’t the postseason and this team, with this coach, probably won’t have to worry about playing football in January.

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