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Chargers aren't closers, just losers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    Chargers aren't closers, just losers
    Kevin Acee


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    That certain something. Will. Belief.

    Heart.

    Whatever you want to ascribe to good teams that enables them to be able to finish victories, the Chargers don’t have it.

    They won’t say it. They maintain they are trying to do too much. They say everyone just has to do their job and they’ll be OK.

    You can hardly blame them for that. How disconcerting for them that in this game predicated on toughness they are wilting flowers.

    But after another game in which they walked the tight rope between winning a game they should have lost and losing a game they should have won before ultimately falling to a grotesque expiration, it is apparent the Chargers don’t possess the ability to win a game that is close.


    “This team hasn’t done it,”
    Philip Rivers said.

    To be clear, he’s not saying the Chargers can’t do it. He is simply acknowledging they have yet to do it this season.

    But the evidence abundantly screams that they simply can’t do it.

    Almost to the end, the analysis of Sunday’s 26-22 loss to the Indianapolis Colts teetered between being a tale that explained how bad teams find ways to lose close games and how a team that just might be on its way to being good found a way to win despite making enough bad plays to lose.

    It's the Chargers under Mike McCoy. So the ending was predictable.

    You’d love to think – with 13 games remaining and flashes that indicate this team is better in numerous ways – it can change.

    But at some point optimism is simply foolishness.

    Sunday wasn’t the spectacular collapse like against the Chiefs that opened the season. It was in some ways worse, because its roots extended from and could be traced to so many places.

    Crucial, often boneheaded penalties at the worst times. Drops. Poor throws. Lack of defensive pressure. An inability to run or consistently protect Rivers. Breakdowns on big plays defensively and an inability to convert third downs on offense. And the tackling? What tackling?

    The asinine penalties are not a recurring theme. And this was the first time this season Rivers was so regularly under duress and Melvin Gordon consistently had nowhere to run. It’s also not often Rivers is off on as many gimme throws as he was Sunday. Otherwise, though, these problems have been manifest for too long.

    Right down to a lost fourth-quarter lead.

    There will be protest from Rivers and the rest of the Chargers that this is a new team. But the results say it’s the same old Chargers who are 1-2 for the third time in McCoy’s four seasons.

    Going back to last year, they are 3-11 in games decided by one score. (The New England Patriots are 8-3, the Denver Broncos 10-3).

    The Chargers’ close victories came against Cleveland and Detroit at home and a six-point escape from Jacksonville for last season’s only road victory.

    The Chargers overcame a one-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to beat the Lions in last season’s opener. Since then, they have not come from behind in the fourth quarter to win while losing five games in which they held a fourth quarter lead. That latter category includes both losses this season.

    “There are a number of plays you look at – missed opportunities throughout the game, not just the last drive, not just one series,” McCoy said. “There are a number of opportunities we had where we didn’t make the plays today. … You’ve got to put teams away when you have an opportunity to do it, or even earlier make the plays in the game so it’s not close. We didn’t do that. We got off to a slow start and missed opportunities.”

    Casey Hayward made his third interception in two weeks and Caraun Reid picked up the fumble Jatavis Brown forced and ran 61 yards for a touchdown. The defense allowed the Colts to convert just two of their nine third downs.

    But there was also the fourth-and-7 the Colts converted just after the two-minute warning and the four penalties on third down that gave the Colts first downs and the penalty on a field goal that enabled the Colts to resume a drive to the end zone.

    Travis Benjamin continued to be what he is supposed to be as a receiver, catching four passes for 82 yards. Tyrell Williams kept building trust with Rivers, catching six passes for 69 yards, including two that converted third downs. Rookie right end Hunter Henry caught five passes for 76 yards. But Benjamin dropped a third-down conversion, and Henry fumbled on the Chargers’ final possession.

    “Every game is different,” McCoy said. “It’s not just one game, one thing.”

    That’s for sure.

    The Chargers have won five of their past 19 games (since the start of last season). The teams they have beat have a combined .295 winning percentage in that span.

    It’s almost unfathomable how can they appear so close to being a good team yet be so horrible.

    An NFL season is a novel made up of short stories. So many twists and turns can make a forlorn September into a December to remember. It would be great to believe we don’t have any idea how this is going to end for the Chargers.

    Problem is, the twists and turns for this team seem to lead only one way. Down a hole.

    Unfortunately, we probably know the ending.

    kevin.acee@sduniontribune.com
     
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  2. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    100% agreed. Since maybe 2013 or 2014 this team has shown a complete lack of heart and determination to win. Alot of it comes from the coach but frankly the players look like they don't have the desire to win
     
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  3. Whooki Mane

    Whooki Mane BoltTalker

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    It is a sad moment when last weekend I took the jaguars halftime line because there was no doubt in my mind they would come back and wed find a way to lose. I was proven wrong that day but a broken clock is right twice a day
     
  4. Slam

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    Sorta expecting this result, I agree with what is said. I think until big changes are made, then we can just expect this.

    Plus with a stadium vote, that will be a huge vote. I don't think they are leaving but almost think it'd be better for the chargers, maybe then Spanos would sell...
     
  5. JohnnyX

    JohnnyX 2017 Chargers Head Coach

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    The title is brutally harsh but true. Chargers ARE losers. 1-2
     
  6. Lawyers guns & money

    Lawyers guns & money BoltTalker

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    Agree. Not just don't have the desire to win but I think they expect to lose. It's their dna
     
  7. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay #FireMcCoy #FirePagano Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Rivers is no longer a closer or clutch QB. Just disappears down the stretch.
     
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  8. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    I was shocked to find out they beat the Jags. That's how far they've fallen.
     
  9. scratchnz

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    Might have been a hole different story if the rookie Henry holds that catch late in the 4th Quarter. Sometimes **** happens. It doesn't surprise me that the Colts out-passioned us in this game. They were desperate at home! I thought Rivers (and our receivers) would have done better against their secondary thou.
     
  10. Dublin Bolt

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    Losing starts at the top with Deano and little John and worms its way down thru McCoward right thru to the players. Sell the team please.
     
  11. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    If it wasn't for playing the Jags over the last two years, we'd probably be in line for the first overall pick
     
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  12. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    3rd in scoring offense.... 1-2... FIRE EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE FANS.
     
  13. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    On a positive note, it looks like we hit at least a double with Jatavis Brown. That kid is for real.
     
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  14. scratchnz

    scratchnz BoltTalker

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    If you look at the defensive stats, they don't look too bad either! So there must be something inherently wrong with this team. They don't know how to win games unless they have a massive lead! That is coaching...plain and simple
     

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