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BLUES AND GOLDS - Game 2, Chargers @ Broncos

Discussion in 'American Football' started by BlueandGold, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. BlueandGold

    BlueandGold The Oracle

    May 22, 2006
    It's a loss as painful as any I've ever experienced as a Charger fan. Not so much because of the fact that we lost, but because it was unjustly taken from us by the officiating crew of Ed Hochuli.

    Normally, I have great trust in Ed and his crew. They aren't slouches - they are regarded as one of the best crews in football. But today they blew it. Not once. Not twice. They blew it on three major occasions.

    Replay was introduced to the league to prevent things like this - from preventing referee mistakes and blown calls from changing the course of an otherwise fair game. The blown call on the Cutler fumble with 1:14 left in the fourth quarter changed the course of the game. Tim Dobbins' recovery of that fumble - and let's not mince words, it was a FUMBLE in every true sense of the term - would have led to the victory formation and a 1-1 Charger record, tied with Denver for the lead in the AFC West.

    Instead, we share the basement with the Chiefs, with a loss to a bitter Division Rival in a game that may have future playoff implications. NO blown call should result in a loss of this magnitude.

    Some people will say that the defense still had opportunities to end the game. True, they certainly did. But those opportunities would not have been required in a fairly called game.

    A fairly called game would have been a Charger win, and even the sensible Denver fans out there would agree.

    It was a loss on par (in terms of rightful outrage and injustice) with the Holy Roller, and I can only hope the football gods smile upon us down the road for this travesty.

    On a side note, I am very concerned about LT. I'll leave it at that for now... but the abrupt difference when Darren Sproles entered the game was jarring.


    1. THE REFS.

    Need I say more? I will anyway.

    - Chambers' non-fumble (actually ruled as an interception by Bailey), not able to be reviewed for want of functional replay booths. Nevermind that the entire nation could see it wasn't a fumble about ten seconds after it happened. Nevermind that it was clearly visible even on the JumboTron. Can't overturn a blown call because my little HD Screen no workie. Aww.

    - Chambers' non-hold on Sproles' long run. Luckily, the offense was able to overcome.

    - Multiple blatant non-calls for holding on Denver's Offensive line, but we knew that. Randy Cross even pointed it out, and Mr. Cross isn't one for astute, precision analysis.

    - And, finally, the Cutler non-fumble that cost us the game.

    The League owes this team an apology for this - and I'm not even kidding in the slightest. It was the worst officiated game I have ever seen. That's not hyperbole... that's the truth.


    I don't think I have to expand much on this. Some of the Bolt Talk posters expressed concern earlier this week about the defensive coaches "playing scared" because of Denver's domination of the Raiders in Week One. Well, it certainly looked that way.

    Ted Cottrell's defense game the Denver wideouts enormous cushions for most of the game - on the order of five to ten yards. That's Dale Lindsay-esque... the kind of crap defense that used to give me fits when Marty was here. The "play-not-to-lose" mentality that Charger fans learned to despise.

    To make it worse, that pulled the secondary away from the role they had to play last week, and likely would have helped with this week - stopping the run. Denver's RB-by-committee, led by Selvin Young, gained 145 yards on 24 touches. That's 6 yards a carry. It's a wonder Denver bothered to pass at all, and yet they did. Jay Cutler was 36 of 50 for 350 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception (in the red zone, thank the football gods). So what was all the loose zone coverage for, in the end?

    With the exception of two drives in the second half, it's almost like we had no defense at all.

    Last week, the secondary kept the defense afloat. The following week, Ted Cottrell hamstrings that very secondary by putting them fifteen yards off the ball. I don't get it.

    I'm not normally the coach-bashing type, but today was as bad a defensive performance as I've ever seen. Ted, we here in San Diego are used to our defenses DICTATING, not BEING DICTATED TO. Fix it. Time's running out.


    Want to know how many tackles Antonio Cromartie made? Three. All solo. Two of those tackles also turned into a personal foul penalties, one for a late tackle, and one for a face mask. Both of those penalties set Denver up deep in San Diego territory. But wait! If you call now, we'll include a pair of Defensive Holding Penalties! At least one of those was offset by an Offensive Holding penalty. Otherwise, Cro needed only a Pass Interference to complete the cycle.

    Cro was accountable for fully HALF of San Diego's eight penalties, and gave the Broncos three first downs, two of them very hurtful ones.

    Antonio, it's time to stop thinking about 15 interceptions and start thinking about doing your job. The INTs will come. Stop letting Deion into your skull and play the game we saw you play last year.


    Antonio Cromartie.



    Philip Rivers, in the second consecutive game, leads his team back down from multiple scores to take the lead, only to have it snatched from him. His mental strength is as tremendous as it always has been, but now his field vision and pocket awareness is reaching that transcendent point that all elite QBs must pass to achieve greatness.

    He burned Champ Bailey, arguably the best corner in the game, like he was a raw rookie today. He was aware, made full use of the protection he was given, stepped up and delivered.

    Whaddaya think, Champ? Has he "earned" the right to talk now?

    I think he has. 21 of 33 for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns (and a bullcrap INT) says he has.

    Now if only his defense could back him up sometime this season.

    2. SPROLES.

    "Little Tank" was a one-man wrecking crew. The numbers he put up today were simply astounding.

    He out-rushed LT today, with 7 attempts for 53 yards. It would have been more if it wasn't for the Chambers hold.

    He was third on the team in recieving, with 2 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.

    He returned six kickoffs for 212 yards, one of which was a breathtaking 103-yard record-tying romp that changed the momentum of the game.

    All that leads up to one man accruing a mind-boggling 337 total all-purpose yards. Digest that number for a while.


    Q led the team in tackles with 10 1/2, and also forced a fumble. Brandon Marshall caught a lot of passes in this game (18 for 166 yards, to be precise), but you didn't hear much from Eddie Royal or Brandon Stokely. Know why?

    Because you just don't throw at Quentin Jammer.


    Darren Sproles.


    Despite awful defense, Philip and Darren lead the boys back... only to GET ROBBED BY THE REFS.
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    Great post man.

    Lets get a W over Brett's Jets!
  3. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    we gotta turn this **** around but great writing as always
  4. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    You never post in my threads to say that! Jerk! :icon_tease:
  5. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

    Nov 11, 2007

    Great post!
  6. Dublin Bolt

    Dublin Bolt BoltTalker

    Aug 12, 2006
    U know the amazing thing... they are always talking about having to re-sign Cro, McNeill, Merriman et al. What about little guy Sproles. He might become more valuable than them all if he keeps performing like he did yesterday. Like I said in the game thread. He needs to start over the gimpy LT. The difference in them hitting the line is night and day right now.

    Cro gets a mulligan from me. No doubt this game gives him the kick in the *** he needed. No more pouting, no more talking, just do it Cro.
  7. Gridreaper

    Gridreaper BoltTalker

    Jan 19, 2008
    ...I agree wholeheartedly. As for the shocking difference between Spoles and L.T. right now?...see the thread, "More Sproles and Less L.T.
  8. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

    Sep 8, 2006
    There was one particular play when we were on defense. Don't remember when or who the ball carrier was (and I already deleted this game from the DVR so don't expect and update :lol:)... but Denver was moving left to right and the ball carrier came from the far side a yard or two past the line of scrimmage to the near side. Wilhelm did this dive/flail towards the guy that made him look like he was stuck in a Madden football game from about 10 years ago. You know... the superman/swandive? Yeah, he did one of those.

    I've always liked Wilhelm and expected him to succeed, but he is quickly falling out of my favor.
  9. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Your best post yet, B&G! Too bad it's after a loss, but **** happened.

    The final straw was the poor refereeing, but this team has bigger problems than that. The defense has to gel, start pressuring the QB, & stiffen up against the run. Period. Our offense looks pretty damn good, even banged up as they are.

    *** needs to be chewed and not just the ones attached to the players. :no:

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