Dan Marino: Chargers Will Struggle Early


Yesterday, some of the veteran quarterbacks in the league were aboard the U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier, in downtown San Diego, to host the Madden 25 Skills Challenge, in support of our troops. Donavan McNabb, Dan Marino, and Troy Aikman were among the QB’s that were on board. Jerry Rice, and Terrell Davis were also in attendance.

Jordan Beane from Chargers.com interviewed NFL Hall of Famer, Dan Marino. When Marino was asked about what he thought about the hiring of Mike McCoy, and Tom Telesco, here is what he had to say:

I think that the fact that it’s a new coach, that they probably will.. you know.. struggle a little bit early. And that’s naturally what happens, and that’s the history of when you get a new coach in the first year. But, if all the guys buy into the program, and they believe it, that they could.. uhhh.. and they got Philip Rivers, so they got that part covered as far as a veteran quarterback,… so you just go from there.

I can’t really hate on that assertation of the Chargers. Maybe a little bit of struggles early, due to a new coaching staff. If the guys buy in and believe (which seems to be the case), that they have Philip Rivers to guide them to success.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarrterback, Troy Aikman, also interviewed forJordan Beane. Here’s what he had to say about what Tom Telesco & Mike McCoy have done:

I’m a Chargers fan, you know? Everyone knows what I thought of Norv Turner, and (of course) Philip Rivers. And when you don’t have success.. and they certainly had some success… you know, there are going to be some changes that are made. And it’s always a time… this time of year… to get excited about those changes, and get a fresh start. And I’m looking forward to watching this team play.

Donovan McNabb, on the other hand was cracking me up. When he was asked “Were you a gamer, at all”?, here is what he had to say:

I was a game changer. And when I stepped out on the field, it was about business. Right now, it is about business. And when it’s over, it’s about more business. But, you know it’s about having fun.

He was just talking about “Team McNabb” winning the Madden 25 contest, and was never asked about the Chargers. But, the Chargers should take that statement seriously… be about business, but don’t leave anything on the field. And when you get off the field, be about more business.. but, have fun. Words to live by.

I’m not buying Troy’s comments. I only “kind of” gave Marino a pass on his comments, because he actually tried to analyze the situation of having a new coach, and buying into the scheme. Notice how Troy just went the emotional “Norv was my friend, and that’s why I like the Chargers” route?  He threw PR17 in there to even it out, but never really addressed the question, which was “What do you think about what TT & McCoy have done”?. Then he went into the generic “It’s an exciting time of year for changes” schtick. Something tells me that Troy just likes Madden, and likes hanging out on aircraft carriers.. he stopped being a Charger fan when Norv left. The Browns are his new Chargers.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • arnie

    Peter, they will never tell us what they really think. ever.
    Marino, like you said, threw out the typical cover-the-spread, generic answer. All hell might break loose if he said something original. Like, “….i think the Chargers can compete for the west…”.
    Aikman? norv made him into a HOF, MVP, Superbowl Champion, troy ( and irving) will never throw norv under the bus
    Donovan… the only one who didn’t care what we think of him, laid it out. Translation; The Chargers lacked any killer instinct. If they can get it, they will win and win big.

    • Alter Ego

      Well said.

    • Stefanie Smith

      I thought about it for a bit, and yeah, Donovan is right. Focus and taking care of business always. Give it all they have. And I know people hate to bring this up, but this entire team needs to do some of these outside, run by the players, practices. Like Manning does. 100% effort. They have to become obsessed with winning games.

    • Nick in PB

      Plus, they were in San Diego. They were nice enough to give a generic reply. I was surprised that Troy didn’t go the other direction with Norv gone. Is it possible that he understands that Norv only makes a decent Offensive Coordinator and not a very good Head Coach? Yes, the players, for the most part loved him, but that’s all they knew. In the heat of the moment, very few of them realized that he was part of the problem. He crumbled like a cheap tent in a wind storm when things weren’t going right.

      • arnie

        Well, in that case we should all get down and thank them for their highness words. I’m not surprised one bit on troy response. Whatever his “personal” thoughts were, he kept them to himself. While he’s been very public about his endorsement of norv as a good coach.
        Aside from what troy may know, Marino and McNabb are sports analysts, so i’m going to go out on a limb and say they are pretty well educated on the circumstances of norv exit.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Yep… And those circumstances would be that Norv was never a good HC, and even with a talented team, he still can’t get the job done. The team just erodes. Troy was a good player, but that’s where it ends. Don’t like his announcing during games, and the stuff he says is usually nonsense. The question was about TT and McCoy, and was asked by a Chargers reporter. All he needed to say was “good job, OK job, bad job”. Instead he brought up Norv Turner.. A name all San Diegans are trying to forget. Doosh.

          • Nick in PB

            You got that right Peter!!! Good point about him bringing it up.

        • Nick in PB

          True, True! They gave the “politically correct” answer under the circumstances.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      It will take time to gel. I’m confident that McCoy has that killer instinct, and it will rub off on the players.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    The Marino answer is actually logical and understood. Growing pains and first time Head Coach are definitely good reasons for expecting sputtering starts. As for me and my beliefs ….. Chargers are going to rip shshshtt up like document disposal, shredding all the doubters and teams who even minutely underestimate the High Boltage capacity of The Super San Diego Chargers!!!!!!!!!! No Regrets Just Hard Work/Preparation = have fun dominating the opposition!!!! I’m all in. Are you?

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Lol. Document shredder.. Nice!

  • Cgoodness13

    We will of course, we have strong opponents preseason and open up against the texans who might be the top candidate for the Super Bowl. If we can beat the texans game 1 then we should take the league by storm.

    • Stefanie Smith

      I agree. There will be certain markers along the way, early, to see how the Chargers are faring and how they will end up. Win against Texans first. That would be an outrageously good sign.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Wouldn’t that be something?!!!

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I can’t shake the feeling that Ryan Mathews is the key to winning that game against the Texans. If he can shine brighter than Foster that night, he will get a tiny bit of street cred, which will build his confidence. Woodhead too. I don’t like our chances of throwing over the middle with JJ Watt, and Ed Reed.

  • 1961 Fan

    I have us winning at Oakland in week five the other six games before the bye week can go either way. If the Bolts go 0-4 in those first four games the season may be lost before it gets a chance to get going. If the Chargers can squeak out an 8-8 season it will show an improvement. The weak link in the the following seasons will be most significant at the QB position. The Chargers have a lot of re building to do to get back in contention and go past just being the division champions, just ask the Broncos.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Philip will have to step up. Having said that, the rushing attack is also a weak link. I am setting my expectations at 8-8 THIS YEAR. If we do better.. great! If we do worse, I at least want to see evidence that things are starting to click. I expect to see more out of the new regime’s second year.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Why do you see Rivers as the weak link contrary to what Coach McCoy is saying? Would you like to be shopping around for a QB right now? Rivers at his worst is still better than many out there. I exaggerate, but he still has skills and is no weak link on the Chargers.

  • Nick in PB

    It is very hard to come out strong, right out of the gate, with a new coaching staff. As long as we compete and have that fire in the first few games, the rest will take care of itself over time. That said, Jim Harbaugh took a team and pointed them in a new direction and it worked. Hopefully we can get a lot of positive work done in the preseason without significant injuries. If a guy like Cox goes down, or Starks then we will have an uphill climb. In the end, we are still going to be a better team.

    • Nick in PB

      That was a reply to Mr. Marinos answer.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Or Feeney. I am praying he stays healthy and makes a big impact. If he goes down… Yikes. Great comments Nick.

  • 1961 Fan

    Excellent points PT; more than anyone I want my Chargers to embrace the new regime and get back on track to “at least” dominate the AFC west.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Thanks Pops. I can get behind that, most definitely.

  • 1961 Fan

    To: Stefanie
    Coach McCoy has to endorse Rivers because he is all he has to work with. The Bolts, a few years back gave Rivers an extension on his contract and he is their QB for now. Rivers weakness has always been running. Rivers is not Drew Brees who can run around and get out of trouble if the “pocket” breaks down. With two newbies at the Left OT position and not the best choices at that position Rivers could find himself running again to get away from on rushers. The Chargers have a lot of shopping to do to fill all the gaps on offense. I would think better of Rivers chances if Matthews could be a complete RB and help on the blind side with blocking, but Ryan Matthews is brittle and most likely will not complete an entire season. The new regime will probably have Rivers dumping the ball off sooner in trying to get away from the old Norv way of Quarterbacking. In ten weeks we will see if the Bolts have what it takes to compete.

    • Nick in PB

      McCoy, I think is genuine in endorsing Rivers. Rivers had been an elite QB and he has the personality make up to be that guy again. The past few seasons, Philip was trying to do too much. He also knew that Norv was in trouble and that didn’t help matters. Not to mention the horrible offensive line. And without a doubt, he is not a mobile QB so coupled with the poor offensive line play, he was terrible. I think he will benefit from a new scheme and hopefully some solid line play. Rivers was probably one of the reasons McCoy chose to come here. He knew what he had and what went wrong. You can compare it to a pitcher that has struggle with one team. Another team sees that guy, trades for him and he has a decent year. I think that’s what we’ll see with Philip this year.

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