The Chargers were embarrassed by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos with an historic comeback after the Chargers led 24-0 at half and went on to lose 35-24. Well, apparently the embarrassment turned to anger and restlessness, which is hardly unexpected of any fanbase after a collapse like that. Chargers P.R. director Bill Johnston took to the team’s website with a post entitled “Take a Chill Pill.” (Posting in its entirety just in case they decide to take it down.)
Turner looked like he’d just come face-to-face with an evil spirit, and it was still 2 1/2 weeks before Halloween.
He gripped the podium with both hands. He sounded frazzled.
And why not? His San Diego Chargers had just coughed up a 24-0 halftime lead, allowing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to score five straight touchdowns — including two off turnovers by mistake-prone Philip Rivers — for a stunning 35-24 victory Monday night
If there’s a single team in the AFC West that’s likely to make significant and sweeping changes across the board, the vote would likely go toward the Kansas City Chiefs. After all, every local sportswriter has already called for a massive overhaul involving the front office and coaching staff. Fans have also joined in the mix with a banner flying over Arrowhead cheering for the same.
The general manager of the San Diego Chargers knows if his team doesn’t stop blowing big second-half leads, there will be wholesale changes at the end of the year, which would include him and coach Norv Turner losing their jobs. That has long been the deal. If the Chargers don’t make the playoffs, changes will be forthcoming after ownership gave both Turner and Smith an unexpected reprieve after they missed the playoffs in 2011 for the second straight season.