Haven't written here in a while. The truth is, it's been tough to be a Charger fan lately. I'm not a coach firer or player hater, but the fact is this team is incredibly difficult to watch. Even when they're playing well, they don't play with dominance - they play with a kind of sleight-of-hand. Instead of punching you in the face, they pick your pocket and hope you don't notice. It's just not the kind of football I like. Don't get me wrong - I'm a Charger fan for life. But at this point I'm honestly thinking of just DVRing all the games and only watching the ones that we don't melt down in. It's better for my heart that way. A few points. 1. Enough of the ******* Shotgun. I will be happy if I don't see that stupid formation from this football team the rest of this season. We do NOT have the kind of offensive line that can block for long developing patterns out of the shotgun, and it's not like Rivers stands still and scans the field anyway - as a QB is SUPPOSED to do in the shotgun - in his current shaken state. Put him under center, put two backs behind him, and give the defense something else to think about besides going full-bore at a QB who already has happy feet. 2. BEEF. Yeah. Pretty obvious. It's time to stop using mid to low round draft picks on OL and start looking for our Joe Staley, because the tape-and-bubblegum gang aren't cutting it. Our tackles are marginal at best, our guards are only serviceable, and our center is undersized. This is the root cause of everything wrong with the Chargers on the field right now, because with a 24 point lead you just need to start hitting the linebackers over and over again with your fullback and just pushing the ball forward and burning the clock. This team cannot play any semblance of ball-control offense, and that deficiency rests ENTIRELY on the OL. 3. It's time to honestly start looking at a coaching change. Like I said earlier, I'm not a coach-firer. But stuff like poor clock management, shotgun-on-the-one, and the inability to go to the run when it's clear that your QB is starting to show cracks - these are all things that a coach is supposed to do. He's supposed to make the best of your team's strengths and mitigate it's weaknesses. Norv is simply not doing that. Leaning on Rivers after the sack-fumble-TD was just the wrong thing to do. It was time to go to the backs at that point, even if only to restore Philip's composure. He failed to do it, and Rivers just fell apart. This reminds of of Nate Kaeding's disastrous playoff game against the Jets two years ago. While the first miss was definitely Nate's fault, the second almost impossibly-long miss was a Norv blunder. You don't give a faltering player an impossible task - you give him a breather, a chance to regroup, then feed him small chunks until the confidence is back. His decisions helped cause Nate to fall apart in that game, and his decisions helped cause Philip to fall apart in this one. --- That's about all I got. It's hard to feel good about this team right now. 3-3, close second in the division, a long season to go - that's all well and good, but it's hard to see the way through the fog at the moment. Twenty years ago, Bobby Ross apologized to the city when his team started 0-4. I feel owed an apology right now. For better or for worse.