Sep 8, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end John Phillips (83) warms up prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
I feel sick. It is not only from the copious amounts of champagne that I had to celebrate the San Diego Chargers regular season opener, it’s how the game was played. I quite honestly had only one expectation – that the Chargers would defeat the Arizona Cardinals and come away with a win. Sadly, no one on the team or the sideline had the same expectation. So, before I go get a yummy breakfast burrito to cure this hangover I am going to call out those who did not participate in a way that would have secured the win. In no particular order:
Eddie Royal (WR) – Dude, can you catch the ball when it hits you right in the chest, or the hands? Seriously, this is your job, catch it or go sit on the bench!
Rich Ohrnberger (C) – I realize that you are the backup, but again, your job is to snap the ball to the quarterback. Not over his head or to the side. Your inability to throw the ball straight cost the Chargers a field goal that would have won the game. Practice!
Eric Weddle (FS) – Eric, you know I love you and the crazy beard, but my god man, when the ball hits you in the hands you catch it. Catch it!!!! I know you are probably being much harder on yourself than I could ever be and I know you will not make this mistake again, but I had to say it.
Frank Reich (OC) – I think I am the most disappointed with you. The play calling was so boring I actually nodded off. I was expecting an exciting, dynamic, fast paced offensive show. What I got was a bunch of lame running plays and the same four passing plays over and over. This week is Seattle, you need to turn it up a notch – or two.
All in all I am sick because the Chargers are a much better team than the Cardinals. If each of the mistakes was not made, the score would have been much different. Everyone needs to work on focus and mental toughness. That said, I really saw a lot of improvement on the defense. Most notably, Te’o and Freeney. These two are going to make a big impact this season. I also saw a lot of potential in Verrett. He is a little small, so he has issues keeping up with the tall guys, but if he works on his speed he is going to be amazing.
Okay boys, I’m off to get greasy deliciousness. Let’s shake this one off and start looking forward to beating the Seahawks!