October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner argues a call during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos won 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
With each and every score in the first half I became more and more nervous. I found myself without even an ounce of false confidence. I was down right terrified.
While talking with my dad before the game we agreed very clearly that there were only a few things that could stop us from winning this game.
3) Rivers being flustered into making poor decisions and/or throws due to lack of protection
2) Letting off the gas by either the players or the coaching staff
1) Norv Turner
Well, what do you know? A perfect storm in the second half showed that all three will most likely continue to plague this team for the rest of the season.
Before I go any further, please allow me to point a few things out. This is not 2001 where the Chargers achieve their only victory late in November and finish 1-15. These are not the years where the only great player on the Chargers wore number 21. These are also not the years when we went into a season knowing the Bolts had no chance to make the playoffs.
All of that being said, last night was one of the lowlights in my 30 years of being a Chargers’ fan. For those of you that know me, or have spoken to me on the phone, I’m sure you can guess the “colorful” words that were being tossed around left and right at my home during the second half.
I wasn’t going to write anything today. But I must admit that I have to just to get it out. I am disgusted and embarrassed right now.
We should not be able to see that outcome on the horizon despite a 24-0 first half lead. But we did. I feel extremely confident in saying that I can speak for 90% of the fans that they did too.
It’s truly sickening on so many levels. I am fully aware that there are still 10 games left to play with our next two being against Cleveland and Kansas City (after the bye). I also know that we are tied for first place in the AFC Worst. But, quite frankly, I don’t care right now.
I really want to chalk these feelings up to the loss still being so fresh. But it feels different this time. It feels as though there is no solution in sight.
Forgive me for venting via this article. Although I haven’t said much I think you all get the point. What a devastating loss and most of us saw it coming despite a 24 point lead at halftime.
In the same conversation that I had with my dad, he told me that if we find a way to lose the game that he would be writing Dean Spanos. Well, I look forward to reading that letter.
Sorry you had to read this.