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Win doesn't cure Chargers' 'special' problem

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    Win doesn't cure Chargers' 'special' problem

    By Nick Canepa

    Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 7:58 p.m.

    The Chargers are the sick man of the National Football League. They know what’s wrong, their doctors know what’s wrong, but there’s a poison in their system and their body continues to reject the antidote -- if it’s the right one.

    I know I pronounced them dead a week ago, but Sunday’s 33-25 escape in Qualcomm Stadium isn’t going to get me to call for a reversal of my medical examiner’s report. Not yet.

    It was a good win -- no such thing as a bad one -- but you don’t go playing in January with one foot on a banana peel and the other on black ice. The illness persists. This game the Chargers are playing is far too dangerous. The club has far too many injury problems in outside skill positions to remain inept on special teams and hope for the best.

    I’m not telling them anything they don’t know. They must do better than this. The NFL is a stage for drama, not comedy. It’s a rough crowd.

    It’s great that head coach Norv Turner gave a halftime speech that reportedly would have made Rockne and Churchill choke up, and it’s great that his guys responded. You can’t take back Sunday. They won a tough one, and they deserved to. They came back from a 19-14 halftime deficit at home and put up 33 on a physical team.

    But they can’t continue with the special teams gaffes and expect to overcome them every week (until this one, they hadn’t). Just can’t. It never was funny. Now it’s ridiculous.

    The game wasn’t two minutes old when Chargers tight end Randy McMichael whiffed on a block in punt formation and the Titans’ Nick Schommer blocked Mike Scifres’ kick out of the end zone for a safety. It was the fourth blocked punt of the year, which is two shy of the NFL record, which means it isn’t good.

    Then, with San Diego holding a 27-25 fourth-quarter lead, tailback Darren Sproles took a pass from Philip Rivers into the end zone with 6:51 to play. It was going to be a two-score game for Tennessee. It was going to be 34-25. But Scifres, holding for kicker Kris Brown, dropped the snap, keeping the Titans in the loop.

    These things happen. Punts get blocked. Snaps get dropped. It’s not unusual. It’s unusual when it becomes a pandemic, no matter what Dr. Norv says.

    “Obviously, we had some unusual things happen to us and at times we’ve had trouble overcoming them,” Turner would say.

    When asked if some of the “unusual things” have become “usual,” Turner didn’t like what I thought was a good question, because I asked it.

    “You would say that,” he snapped, “but it’s one or two a game … a blocked punt. Again, everybody wants to focus on why it happens.”

    Well, yeah.

    “When there’s one guy who doesn’t do his job you’re at risk of getting a punt blocked. One guy blocks his guy and no blocked punt.”

    One guy doesn’t block his guy and, yes, a blocked punt.

    And the botched extra point, Norv?

    “The guy dropped the football. Mike Scifres dropped the football.”

    Granted, Scifres always has been an excellent holder, but that’s just one incident -- one that could have been a game-changer -- they got away with. They weren’t so lucky in four of their five losses.

    But they got a win and you have to give the players and Turner and his staff credit for finally overcoming this kind of folderol. When I first saw the inactive list that included the Chargers’ top three wide receivers -- Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee and Buster Davis -- I thought it was going to be a hard day, and it was.

    Surprise. Mystical tight end Antonio Gates, maybe playing at 80 percent with that toe problem, bailed them out on a day when the defense surrendered far too many big chunks, making Titans quarterback Vince Young far better than he really is.

    But quarterback Philip Rivers now plays his position as well as anyone alive. He threw for 305 yards, bringing his season total to 2,649, the most by any QB through eight games in NFL history.

    And some of the guys he’s throwing to he has yet to formally meet.

    “It’s not an excuse as a quarterback, but there’s no doubt you can be a little hesitant pulling the trigger on a couple of throws,” Rivers said. “That’s not a reflection on the guys.”

    Of course not. It’s about being comfortable. Rivers is comfortable throwing to the remarkable Gates. Sunday, he merely caught five passes for 123 yards and a score. Why did he have such a good day when everyone this side of Minsk knew all about him?

    “Because he’s a really good player,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.

    Right. Gates is a championship-caliber player. So are Rivers, Quentin Jammer, Kris Dielman, Nick Hardwick and several other Chargers. But special teams is a loser.

    No fix, no resurrection. No January. Simple.
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    It's beyond ridiculous how bad they are.
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    Norv can not admit that there is a problem with ST. He still continues to defend Crosby and ignore the obvious. How many weeks in a row can he avoid a ST debacle?
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    8 so far.

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    Bullshit rolls downhill... Norv is just going along with bosses orders.
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    You could see the relief on Norvs face when the final second ticked. He needed that win so bad.
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    Norv's fire at halftime may be just what this team needed. They have the talent. So far this year, aside from a couple standouts, they have not had the drive nor the competitive focus to utilize their talent effectively (when it comes to wins and losses). If Norv can get them focused and the players can bring the fire, this division is going to be in for a wild finish, because I know KC has the desire and the focus...we are still a VERY young rebuilding team though. We will drop at least a couple games we should win before it's said and done.
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    They are ridiculous. This has got to be stopped. These are routine plays that have to be made.
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    To play Devil's Advocate for a second, maybe he just doesn't want to defend him or admit there's a huge problem to the public but might be doing so behind closed doors.

    Of course, the fact that it hasn't been fixed is circumstantial evidence to indicate that's not the case, but whatever.
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    The sooner Norv is out, the better! He is a cancer on this team!!
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    The FO doesnt seam to share your urgency. Doesnt he still have some time left on his contract?
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    No the win does not fix all the problems, but it is a step in the right direction. As far as what I saw as the teams 'faultering self confidence' it is a big step. One game at a time.
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    ..and AJ is the festering boil on the Chargers A$$!! lol
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    Then the Spanos Family is the STD on the Bolts.

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