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.