Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon


Poor field position, poor red-zone offense, poor ball protection, poor clock management — the lack of Chargers wealth of late has them well outside the NFL’s elite, and in the AFC West, now no team is worse.

If the San Diego Chargers are going to make anything more of this season than a great disappointment, someone in a key position has to wise up, stiffen up and speak up.

The Chargers traveled to the windy city in hopes of breaking a four game losing streak.  As loses have piled up, the frustration of the fan base has increased.  Coming into Sunday, I was having a hard time remembering a time when the fan base was so defeated.  Possibly during the early years with Marty or the Mike Riley era?

Every silver lining has a dark cloud.  The Bears’ silver lining is a 31-20 win over the San Diego Chargers to extend their winning streak to 5 games and improve their record to 7-3.  The dark cloud?  You mean besides long snapper Patrick Mannelly’s knee injury?  Jay Cutler broke the thumb on his throwing hand and is rumored to miss the rest of the regular season.  No official word from the Bears yet on the extent of the injury.   (This is when I wish I had finished my post-game writeup before I heard this news, because it’s a major buzz kill and will taint my view of another exciting Bears win.  But the show must go on.)