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Chargers brass: Silence is golden?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    PARIS: Chargers making no noise off field, either

    SAN DIEGO — The NFL saying when a player goes down — and don't the battered Chargers know it — is: Next man up!

    But in you're seeking reassuring voices from those in Chargers leadership positions, the mantra is: Time to clam up!

    While one of the most critical Chargers seasons in franchise history threatens to unravel by mid-November, Chargers fans are met with the sound of silence.

    Crickets make more noise. Pantomimes make more commotion. Babies just learning to talk can't speak, but they can communicate, which is more than can be said for the top names in the Chargers' chain of command.

    A request to chat with team president Dean Spanos was squashed by one of his employees. A phone call to general manager A.J. Smith is what it is: an exercise in futility.

    Spanos was at Chargers Park on Wednesday, with the team preparing for Sunday's game in Chicago. Or, if Spanos wasn't, someone showed the guts to park a sparkling Mercedes Benz coupe in his reserved spot.

    Smith was also likely in the building, but at the very least, his answering machine was working, graced by the lovely voice of Tricia Campanella.

    When the going gets tough, the Chargers' brass gets laryngitis.

    Someone needs to say something, and we don't mean the same chatter that coach Norv Turner and quarterback Philip Rivers are selling. Hats off to those lads for yapping, but what of the real power brokers in this wobbly organization?

    The fading Chargers, losers of four straight, are getting blasted, and not only locally. From talking heads manning TV booths adjacent to NFL fields, to Sunday studio shows, to sports websites boasting of more hits than the Chargers' secondary, the Bolts are getting horse-collared.

    Why the switch?

    Easy, it's becoming increasingly clear that the Chargers' roster is a fraud and the locker room suffered from questionable leadership. And Smith's cranky and condescending persona has finally rubbed enough people the wrong way.

    That goes for fans, the media and a host of Chargers alumni, who no longer feel welcome at the place where they gave their blood, sweat and tears.

    Thursdays were once my favorite day at Chargers Park. The old-timers with crooked fingers, pushed-in noses and hitches in their giddy-up would appear after practice. They would present an alumni player of the game award for the previous week and hang out.

    Those men are no longer welcome. Thursday's alumni day tradition, as we hear it, was stopped by Smith.

    The biggest reason why the Chargers are a piñata is their record. Not only are they 4-5 in the depleted AFC West, but they're 13-13 overall in their last 26 games and staring at the possibility of consecutive playoff-free seasons for the first time since 2002-2003.

    Hello, anybody at home?

    At least Georgette Rogers answers the call box to be buzzed into the media parking lot, and she never disappoints.

    But what drives this organization is set in place by Spanos and Smith. Their fingerprints are on a proposed new downtown stadium that will require tax dollars. Their DNA is on a talent-thin roster. And their handiwork couldn't be clearer in the hiring of a coach nearly five years ago who had been a two-time failure as a head coach.

    Hey, it happens. It's called life, and don't sports deliver great lessons that can be linked to our day-to-day existence?

    Sometimes you're the hammer, and sometimes you're the nail. But with the Chargers getting pounded on in every direction, where are the men who are often front and center when the wins arrive?

    Some argue that whatever they might say would be hollow. And those people have a point.

    But wouldn't it be reassuring for those wearing Chargers jerseys each Sunday and sinking thousands of dollars into season tickets to hear the pain, the frustration, the dedication to get it turned around, from the head honchos?

    Do you think Spanos likes losing? No. But wouldn't you like to hear him proclaim it?

    Dour Smith isn't down with defeats, but wouldn't your ears perk up if he talked about the challenges of this season and what he was thinking in some of his personnel moves?

    Instead we are left to ponder the what-ifs without the key executives' account of what happened. Instead of being inspired and hopeful that the Chargers can pull out of their funk by the fortitude displayed by Spanos and Smith, we're left to wonder.

    Leadership isn't shown when the confetti is filling the street during the victory parade. It's displayed when the stuff is hitting the fan, when others doubt your plan and question shoddy production.

    We get that the Chargers are only a game out of first place and, unlike others, we're not ready to discount the season — although, check back at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

    Because if the Chargers lose their fifth straight game this weekend in Chicago, things could get noisy. The sound you hear will be the thud of a team plopping into last place.
     
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  2. rickochey

    rickochey BoltTalker

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    Thanks for posting.
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    Spanos is too busy repping Rick Perry to be concerned with the Chargers.

    Line 'em up 3 deep, right AJ?
     
  4. FCBolt

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    Does Georgette Rogers still have a job after buzzing Paris in?
     
  5. Lance19

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    Same old Jay Paris turd.

    Sadly, his entire (recycled) whine is that somehow this difficult
    season would be better if management were just mouthing off.

    Is there any reason to believe that?

    Wouldn't Paris just criticize ANYTHING AJ said as "excuses?"
    (if you don't know the answer is "Yes" you haven't read much Jay Paris).

    Frankly, I'm glad management isn't saying anything unhelpful that could be
    interpreted as dumping on their players. Further, I'm sick of hacks
    asking Rivers "Are you injured? What's wrong with you?"
    Obviously the guy is trying to cope with the worst slump of his career
    as positively as he can. The 1,000th repetition of a question he's already
    answered 999 times is not 'gutsy journalism'...but it may eventually wear
    him down and make it harder for him to snap out of this.

    In short, Paris: Yeah, we know you hate AJ, etc. We know you wish he was
    saying things you could whine about. What I don't see is your proof
    that we fans would actually be better off if management were flapping their gums.

    The problem right now is on the field. Players need to be making more plays.
     
  6. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Wait one. I thought Bill Johnsons was the head of Chargers PR... Its AJ Smith and Dean Spanos?
     
  7. DenverBolt67

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    I think his point is that if you are going to make yourself available and constantly do interviews in the good years, like AJ use to do, then he should do the same during the bad years.
     
  8. Concudan

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    Silence is not what it used to be...
     
  9. Blue Bolt

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    To be fair, only talking to your own media people doesn't really count.....#Parisisjustsaying ;)
     
  10. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    WAIT! Acee wrote that peice?!

    KAZINGA!
    :roflmao:
     
  11. DenverBolt67

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    Agree. Not going to get very difficult questions when you sign the check for the guy asking them
     
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  12. Blue Bolt

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    Yep, one might rightly call it more of a press release, than an interview...... #imjustsaying
     
  13. Lance19

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    So, what vital, useful questions SHOULD have been asked (that weren't) ?
     
  14. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    What can anybody say that would make Joe Blow fan feel good about four straight losses????
     
  15. Concudan

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    Free season tickets?
     
  16. Blue Bolt

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    For a winning franchise? ;)
     
  17. DenverBolt67

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    If I knew that, I would be in the media. But that Q&A was pure crap and nothing but PR spin.
     
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  18. Concudan

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    Man you would look a gift horse int he mouth wouldnt ya! Like to see you do that with a camel or llama! :roflmao:
     
  19. Lance19

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    So you KNOW it's horrible...you just don't know WHY. Gotcha.

    For those here that complain about every little damned thing, please,
    don't think I aim to deprive you of that peculiar fetish. But please,
    could we at least whine on a little higher level? It's embarrassing.
     
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  20. rickochey

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    it was just a press release stating that Norv is sticking around.....:eek:
     
  21. DenverBolt67

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    You actually think anything that he said in that "Interview" was worth saying?
     
  22. DenverBolt67

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    Unfortunately, you are probably right.
     
  23. Lance19

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    You miss the point entirely.
    I already said--before the Christopher Smith piece was posted--that I didn't
    see any advantage to management "flapping their gums" at this point,
    merely because the guys on the field aren't executing very well right now.

    But you came after me for mocking Jay Paris' lame regurgitation.
    You complained about AJ not answering questions.
    Then the Christopher Smith piece was posted...asking just about everything.
    You complained yet again, this time because it was on Chargers.com.
    So I gave you a chance to back up your gripe...what vital questions weren't asked?
    You punted. Said you didn't know. But still--with zero ammunition--declared it "crap."
    I gave you one last chance to explain how you can offer no way it could've been better,
    yet still dogmatically attack it.
    You punted yet again.
    I respect your right to gripe relentlessly...but if you keep doing
    it so pointlessly, why should anyone bother with your posts?

    (btw, that's a rhetorical question...since you've yet to offer anything, I'm done on this)
     
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    I keep looking for a rhyme scheme but failing to see it
     
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  25. Blue Bolt

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    Lance doesn't like other people's complaining..... just his own. ;)
     
  26. Lance19

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    Lance doesn't like constant or pointless complaining...

    (and no Blue, I'm not up for another of your relentless back & forths...argue it yourself)
     
  27. Blue Bolt

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    Except his own....... #imjustsaying ;)
     
  28. pure-sol

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    No, I don't think anything you say is worth saying.

    Crap, I read your post wrong. Oops!
     
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  29. DenverBolt67

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    Then don't bother. Pretty easy. By the way, I said I wanted AJ to speak like he always did when they were doing well. I couldn't give a rats *** what Dean has to say
     
  30. JohnnyX

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    Why is our focus and goal just "getting to the postseason"? Where is the desire to win a championship?
     

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