Chargers Still Don’t Get It

Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; General view of the line of scrimmage as Oakland Raiders center Andre Gurode (64) snaps the ball to quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) during the game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Chargers just doesn’t seem to get it. This wasn’t just another football game. It was a “Division Game”. The Raiders seemed to understand that, and got after a win. I don’t quite know how to explain it. I’ve heard the expectations are low for the Chargers, but do they have the same “low” expectations for themselves? Nobody expects them to be in the playoffs, but do they believe they don’t have shot either? I know there is still plenty of football left to play but they need to get this right now, read your T-SHIRT, “EVERYTHING MATTERS”.

When I look back on a certain young running back that was drafted in 2000. He expressed his dis-like, “…that there seemed to be more visiting team fans at home games, than Charger fans…”. He went on to say, ” that just didn’t seem right…”, then went on to do something about it. LaDanian Tomlinson put this franchise on his back and ran this organization to wins. He ran into the playoffs. More importantly he ran it back to being “RESPECTABLE”. Tomlinson GOT IT. He gave the fans a reason to be proud again, and he won us back, by giving it everything he had. Not just by winning, but by playing well even in the losses. That attitude LT had become contagious, and rattled off some of the best football in Charger history.

As of right now, can you point out the player that embodies that? Can you find a Charger that understands how important that game was? If I had to say it, I’d be hard pressed to say I could. As a matter of fact, I’d be hard pressed to say ownership gets it. In this area I can admire the Raiders organization. No matter where you come from, no matter who you played with before, they make it clear, when you put on the uniform, you’re a Raider now. If anything needs to be understood in Chargers Park, ” LOSING TO THE RAIDERS IS AN INSULT TO EVERY CHARGER THAT PLAYED”. If a team is going to have an attitude? why not start there?

I Know Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy are new here, but they are not new to the Raiders. The team is still changing, they are still getting know one another. They are still trying to figure out who they are. I get that. However, that’s just another excuse to not play well. What they need is to know THEY are the Chargers now. LT is not walking through the door. It’s time to step up and make San Diego Charger Fans proud again.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • Tazzster

    Nice write up. I totally agree the Chargers looked soft. The Raiders came out pushing and shoving at the end of every play and the Chargers seemed stunned that they were being treated so roughly.

    Usually Rivers gets charged up about stuff like this, but he seemed to be off his game. It was weird to not see him charged up for this.
    Also, watching the raiders march down the field on there first drive was disappointing. It was like 5-8 yards on every play. They made the D look foolish. I kept waiting for a defender to step up and make a play. It was like we spotted them 14 point to start the game.
    Ugh… hopefully redemption comes on Monday. I’m tired of thinking about this miserable loss.

    • Calman21

      I am pretty sure Luck is going to tear up the Chargers D. That being said I am not tremendously worried about our record this year. If we suck then we will get good draft picks. We have solid building blocks on the offense and defense, but we need cap space and AT LEAST another year of draft picks to really be competitive. With Rivers and some solid picks/FA next off-season I could see the play-offs. 2015 is when we get a ton a cap space and should have rebuilt our weak spots. Rivers will be 33-34 and still capable (baring serious injury) of playing at a high level, but hopefully with a little help on defense and a running game. We have people who really want to win (see Fluker) but we are missing talent (or possibly experience/coaching) in key places to make a deep run. I would rather pick highly again next season and build on what we got instead of going one and done in the play-offs and picking late in the draft. But then I am looking at it long term and not the immediate gratification of this season. I want to see the Chargers do well but I really think 6-10 to 8-8 is the realistic expectations. Rivers is amazing but the defense is not.

    • Nick in PB

      That’s exactly right Tazzster! I don’t think the Chargers got their head in the game until they were down 17-0. I don’t think they believed that would happen and when it did, it seemed to put pressure on the Chargers and they imploded. After 6 years of Norv Turnover, the Chargers just aren’t mentally tough… not yet at least. I think they will get there but you can’t change that type of mindset over night. Marty’s Charger teams were mentally tough (until that playoff game with the Pats where they made 2 costly errors after dominating the Pats). I think that toughness carried over the next couple of seasons under Norv but then started to erode away. Marty’s Chargers knew the only way they could lose was to beat themselves. He got them at that level. Now, McCoy has to get them to that level as well. For now, it seems they are too good at beating themselves!

  • tubbs45

    Arnie, good write up as usual. I actually think that the team did get it but instead of focusing on playing the game, they were thinking too much. I know that sounds like a bullshit answer, but I hope this is you wake up call CHARGERS… There are no EASY games. Put on your war paint and battle for 60 minutes….

    • arnie

      Speaking of fire, Merriman is still available…..

      • tubbs45

        Hahahaha… There’s new roids on the market that are untraceable, so he’ll be back to his old self!

  • Stefanie Smith

    Fantastic viewpoint, arnie. TT and MM can only get it to a point. They cannot love the Chargers like we, as fans, do. They don’t live here and don’t have the emotional investment in the team yet.
    “Not just by winning, but by playing well even in the losses..” <–I would be happy with that, arnie, for a start. Just play well and play like you mean it.

    Personally, there is a story here. They really looked like they did not prepare at all for the Raiders–like they gave the guys time off or something.

    • Nick in PB

      True Dat Stefanie!

    • arnie

      Thank you Stefanie. I think this article came from the view of watching the confusing formations on Defense. Is it a 3-4 or 4-3? And hearing about all the good young talent we have, and wondering why they aren’t on the field more, and why aren’t they being used to make more plays for the team?
      To me Stefanie, this team simply lacks a clear identity of who they are. Example if they paid Cox all that money, let him go play “his” game instead of forcing him into the mold. He was actually a good CB in Jacksonville, in “man” coverage, yet he continually playing “zone”.

      • tubbs45

        Sure is starting to look a lot more like a 4-3 D.

  • Thomas87

    I have always thought that this team wa lacking “fire”… If you look at the organizations that have been dominating for as long as they have.. Office and coaches aren’t nice they don’t want to be your best friend they want you to shut up put your head down an work your ass off everyday to get that W.. I feel like pagano is soft on the players.. I’m not out there so i don’t know but last year I think T.spikes was the one calling alot of the shots.. Vets are gone now we look lost.. Time to get tough on these players or they will continue to look an play soft.. In my years of playing football I’ve never had a coach not come and scream in my face if i did wrong.. Seems like the coaches put that you’ll get em next time bullshit into there heads not you BETTER get him next time or your out.. This one frustrates me alot and I hope the chargers “get it” real quick

  • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

    Arnie, I agree with you on some things but AJ Smith was known for bringing in mediocre talent. The first Telesco draft looks good but the team is still full of mediocre talent. That results in mediocre performance by AJ’s people. I never believed they will go anywhere in year one but we did get a sample of things to come with this offense. The defense is a different story. I think we will have to start with a new coordinator before we can fix that mess. Being related to Chuck Pagano doesn’t make you a good coordinator. The rule hasn’t changed. Nice guys finish last.

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      Lovie or Ryan??? Who would u want for 2014 DC??

      • Brandon Rios

        Ryan

      • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

        Ryan is not going anywhere in NJ. Lovie would be my choice. He’s a no nonsesce coach.

      • Thomas87

        I agree Ryan is staying with the jets.. Family is from Chicago so I’m a bear fan on the low and have always liked lovie

    • arnie

      I know exactly what the Chargers are made of and i am under no illusions on what needs to change. However, if the Chargers are mediocre what does that make that raiders? See i don’t expect the Chargers to be Superbowl contenders, but they are professional football players, just like the raiders. The problem on sunday night wasn’t talent, it was the lack of preparation and poor execution. Now the point of this post was to point out that this was a “division opponent” and the importance of getting a win in the game, should have been taken to another level. From what i saw, i can’t say they did. Now that adds up to being, 0-3 in the AFC and 0-1 in the division. If the Chargers managed to get 9 or 10 wins which i doubt now, then the planets and stars lined up, this would hurt their chances to squeak into a playoff spot. The key to the giving themselves a chance, starts with winning games against division opponents. Now the Chargers are exactly where the “experts” said they would be. Dead last.

      • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

        It’s going to be hard to win the division when your pass defense is ranked #29 in the league. The Broncos have the same problem against KC because they are ranked #31 on pass defense.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Not many left from the AJ days.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    Kudos on the article Arnie! Seahawks, Niners Colts are teams that come to mind that have attitude, fire, swag, passion when they play…SD lacks there…it starts from the top down….It’s gonna be a long season…..

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    We really can’t be 0-2 Vs. the Raiders after the next time we play them. Even if it’s garbage time and the game is meaningless and even if it costs us 1-2 spots higher of a draft pick we have to beat their ass next game. Going 0-2 would be dreadful and would put us lowest of the low (where they belong not us)

  • Nick in PB

    Love the message Arnie!

    • arnie

      Thanks Nick. I hope it gets heard by the right people.

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