LA Chargers News

A Norvous Breakdown

By Dan Locke

October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) is congratulated by head coach Norv Turner and quarterback Philip Rivers (17) after returning an interception for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

There were no words. I sat on my couch stunned, not wanting to believe what had just happened on Monday Night Football. There was an odd calm about me; no yelling, no cursing, as if I had just accepted my fate of being a Chargers fan. We had just blown a 24-0 lead and lost the game.

The Broncos came out in the 2nd half and easily drove down the field like a player playing Madden on Rookie difficulty.  The Chargers responded by driving right back down the field and were in field goal range, when IT happened.

Our offensive line finally didn’t just crack, it got the doors blown off it.  Elvis Dumervil blew right by Jeromy Clary and hit the ball as Philip Rivers was getting ready to throw. Watching on TV, the call could’ve gone either way.  It was a fumble and returned for a touchdown cutting the lead to 24-14.

The panic set in. We had all been down this road before. The Chargers have had a knack for letting momentum slip away and not being able to stop it. We don’t have that one coach, that one player who can fire up a team and get them to rally. We’ve been typecast as a soft team, and I have a hard time disagreeing.

The call to fire Norv Turner will be talked about as well as the questioning on if Rivers is still elite, or even a great quarterback. As a fan, we deserve the right to express our anger.

I personally thought Norv called a great game. Especially for the first 2.5 quarters. The players didn’t execute. Rivers went out there after every mistake and looked determined to win us the game. But, we ALL knew that our real weakness was OL and our cornerbacks. I can’t blame Rivers 100% when he has no time to throw. Our cornerbacks can’t cover anyone, and I lay this blame solely at the feet of A.J. Smith. We knew we had issues in the offseason and he didn’t address it.

Now if you will excuse me, I have a doctor’s appointment to see if they can prescribe anything to help calm this Norvousness.