Chargers Cleared The Elephant In The Room

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) gets upended by San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle (32) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Chargers suffered a breakdown that ended in a heartbreaking loss to the Houston Texans, on Monday Night Football, at home. Add to that, the team had difficulty selling out the game, seemed only confirmed what most Charger fans were expecting. Disappointment as usual. There were some bright spots and things that could be built on, but a loss is still a loss. Or was it?

Some suspected the ghost of Norv was on that field and I would have a hard time disagreeing with that. So what could be done, an exorcism? Well sort of, more like addressing the problem, a little parting gift from Norv. The one thing that had been ignored, but could no longer be dismissed. Until the speech Eric Weddle gave his teammates, the night before the game.

“…Breaking the block was at the core of Weddle’s address.
Until they reached a finishing moment and succeeded, he said, they would continue to fail.” – UT San Diego

This was the Elephant in the room. A mental block had been created under Norv’s tenure and still hung over Chargers Park. It was the proverbial “waiting for the other shoe to drop”, because we all knew it would rear its ugly head. I mentioned in the loss to the Texans, as long as the team learned something I was okay with the outcome. They did. They learned from one of their leaders, that together they needed to drag Dumbo out of the meeting room. Through the locker room, across the practice field and down into the canyon and to put him down. Then mail his carcass to its creator. Probably with a note: “Dear Coach thanks for everything, but we don’t need Dumbo anymore.” As of right now, I’m sure Dumbo had some offspring and maybe they are still lurking in the equipment room, or under Dean’s desk. So until they show up, I’m confident this team, moving forward, will know what to do with them.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    watching dvr of Eagles game, and I’m
    scratching my head….no NT in the 1st series, so they have an extra db…yet they get torched…they need to learn from that….that’s why the dline was close, yet so far…Was that what they ran the whole game?

    • arnie

      It’s. mystery to me what Pagano is doing. However it appears to me they are still moving personell around to see what works, best.

      • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

        yup, let’see what they put out there D wise this Sunday…
        Is Taylor still hurt??
        O is looking good for a new system…

        • arnie

          They have him under precautionary watch. I haven’t heard anything about him in practice. Since he missed practically all OTA’S and most of training camp, I suspect he has to put in the work, and prove to coaches he can be relied upon. Taylor should give secondary a big boost, his stand out play in pre-season, he came out of know where an laid someone out.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    @ 5:38 2st qtr, Gilchrist shoulda dove for that pass, he could have got a pick……

    • arnie

      That’s why they have film. Did they win the game?

      • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

        yup…I’m looking forward to seeing what they improve upon vs Titans

  • Will

    You guys act like norv intentionally wanted to hurt this team. The fact that this BS happened AFTER NORV HAD LEFT, you’d think at least some of you idiots would actually get the clue that norv was never the problem in the first place. But of course not. Same stupidity as always. Idiots…

    • arnie

      Teams often take on the personality of the HC and I find this to be true. Norv tried to win football games, he just wasn’t very good at being the man in charge. What you don’t get is, Marty was the head coach before norv, and norv took over a team that was 14-2, an coached them to 7-9. The reality is, the further they got away from Marty’s influence the worse this team played. The same is applied here we had a GM and HC that refuse to change what they were doing, and created a culture of complacency and no accountability. The speech Weddle gave, addressed that very issue, with so many years of ” oh no, here we go again”, it was a hurdle that needed to be jumped for them to move on. Right or wrong, it was mentality that was created and started some where.
      Whether I’m right, you’re right, or nobody is right, the team won a game, we would normally see them lose.
      I give credit where credit where credit is due.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Exactly! Norv and that regime has darn near destroyed Rivers and created this illusion that Royal was a bust. How come overnight the perception of Royal has changed? That is coaching. Coach McCoy and his crew know how to use the players they have. Norv did not. He is stale… nothing creative anymore. Mark it down. Norv will get Chud fired.

      • tubbs45

        Will, give up now. The only idiot here is you, the same idiot that keeps wanting to be tea bagges by norv’s neck..
        Arnie takes the victory…

        • joerockt

          I can’t stop watching this lol.

    • Ernie Padaon

      he is doing great in Cleveland.

      • RussinSactown

        He’s an OC.

        • Stefanie Smith

          Yes, and bringing down Weeden over there. Trouble with Norv he does not adapt his offensive scheme to the player’s talent or ability. He doesn’t even believe in no huddle. And nothing creative has been added to his repertoire.

      • tubbs45

        Yeah an OC with a HORRIBLE QB… You can not polish a turd, no matter how much polish you use.

        • Stefanie Smith

          You will find out that it is not the QB,but Norv that is the problem.

          • joerockt

            Please Stef, Weeden is horrible. Did you see his pass made “C’mon Man!”? Wide open guy streaking down the sideline, missed him by 5 yards.

          • Stefanie Smith

            I was trying to be nice. Maybe Weeden is not good, but can’t be too bad–some team drafted him. However, Norv is not the QB and offensive guru that the media purports him to be. When he was with the Cowboys, wasn’t Aikman there? What did he have to teach Aikman?

          • FullCharge

            Ain’t that the truth? Nothing makes an OC look better than an awesome QB.

      • FullCharge

        He’s right on schedule…

    • joerockt

      I’ve never seen someone as intentionally stupid as Will is.

    • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

      Will must have been permanently affected by last year’s chill pill. Glad I didn’t take it. Norv didn’t do his job! He took on to many duties and did not trust his staff or his players. He needs Jimmy Johnson to motivate him or just retire. McCoy drives home game plans and evaluates his personnel so he can put them in situations to succeed. McCoy trust his coaching staff to their jobs while he does his. Always room for improvement. Norv Turner was a joke in every job he had after the Cowboys lost him. Glad that era of this franchise is in the rear view and not haunting nobody on the team I root for. BOLT UP!

    • Adam

      Your right…YOU were always the problem.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    Addae’s stop on Eagles 3rd &17 was

  • Bill Nichols

    Thank the lord!! I think we have squashed all the bull shit Norv has left here, now like they say, let’s keep squashing it everytime it rears it’s ugly head.

    On another note: Anyone else wondering what’s up with Weddle ? I mean, dude has missed a few open field tackles, he doesn’t seem to be in position to help out down field over the middle, or to either side deep….?? Is it just me, or is he not playing as well as usual? Ernie? Arnie? People?

    Let’s beat some Titian ass and keep this thing rolling in the right direction….. Bolt Up!!

    • joerockt

      I think if you had to do practically everything in the secondary, you might miss a few tackles too. If safeties are making tackles, something is very wrong.

    • arnie

      What joerockt said.

  • joerockt

    I hope you’re right, Arnie, I hope you’re right…

    • arnie

      You an me both. However, I suspect there may be a baby elephant hiding under Pagano’s desk.

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  • Alter Ego

    Sweet Arnie. There is definitely a new sheriff in town. The crime rate has dropped.

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