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Something to get us fired up for the draft!

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Ten reasons the Chargers blew it

    Like a pregnant woman avoiding sushi, Chargers fans should read no further.

    Some games that are largely dominated by the team that ends up losing can be explained by one or two huge plays. But not San Diego's 24-21 loss to New England on Sunday. The Bolts needed a combination of 10 awful plays and inexcusable coaching decisions to give this game away.
    In chronological order, here are the Terrible 10:


    1. Clinton Hart, butterfingers
    BlogJam ...
    LaDainian Tomlinson seemed a trifle irked at the Patriots after Sunday's game. Was L.T. justified in his displeasure? Or should he have been a little more upset at some of his Charger teammates, whose miscues cost San Diego dearly? Here's your chance to voice your opinion.

    On third down of the Patriots' second possession in the shadow of their own goalposts, Tom Brady tried to hit Reche Caldwell on a crossing pattern, but his pass was tipped at the line by blitzing safety Marlon McRee (more on him later). The wobbling ball was then barely tipped by Caldwell and caromed off Quentin Jammer's helmet straight up in the air. Like pillow feathers fluttering to earth, the ball came straight down, floating gently right into safety Clinton Hart's breadbasket. But gripped by a moment of complete stupidity, Hart leapt unnecessarily to meet the ball and somehow managed to dislodge it from himself. Even had Hart been brought down right away after securing the interception, he would have been at the New England 28. After the punt and return, San Diego had the ball at midfield, from whence they failed to score, in part because of ...


    2. Eric Parker, butterfingers
    Having already been charged with a drop on the Chargers' first possession — on what may have in fact been a fumble — Eric Parker's nightmare day continued on the Bolts' second possession. On 2nd-and-10 from the 50, Philip Rivers zipped a short pass right to Parker at the 45 with two defenders playing four yards off him. Worst case scenario, assuming Parker didn't shed a tackler, the Bolts would have been looking at 3rd-and-3. But the ball slid right through Parker's hands, leading to an incomplete on 3rd-and-10 and another Mike Scifres punt.


    3. Eric Parker, feet don't fail me ... d'oh!
    On their third possession, the Chargers marched to the New England 29, where, of course, it was time to get cute. Eschewing league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson and Pro Bowl QB Philip Rivers, the Bolts ran an end around with their man Parker. Though the Patriots got good penetration, Rivers sealed linebacker Rosevelt Colvin with a courageous block. But it was to no avail because Parker lost his footing on the newly sodded patch of the field and fell down untouched for a seven-yard loss. A six-yard run by Tomlinson and an incomplete brought us to ...

    4. 4th-and-11 on the 30
    This was bizarre. First Schottenheimer burned a timeout to talk it over. It's 4th-and-11 on your opponent's 30 on a bright sunny day and you have a Pro Bowl kicker who made eight of 10 kicks beyond 40. What's to discuss? Perhaps overly sensitive to criticism of his conservative game management, Schottenheimer decided to go for it. Rivers got sacked, fumbled and the Patriots recovered. Hmmm, I wonder if those three points might have come in handy.


    5. 2nd-and-17
    The Patriots trailed 14-3 with a minute left before halftime when a holding penalty wiped out a 15-yard Kevin Faulk run, bringing up 2nd-and-17 on their own 35. New England was reeling. After sputtering early, the Bolts had taken complete control of the game and Tomlinson and Michael Turner had both found paydirt in what was looking very much like a possible blowout. But the Chargers rushed four, got no pressure and right corner Antonio Cromartie backed off Jabar Gaffney, giving him precisely the 17 yards he needed for a first down. The Patriots had a pulse, which would only get stronger when they cashed in for six on a Brady-to-Gaffney pass 49 seconds later to make it 14-10 at halftime.


    6. Vincent Jackson, butterfingers
    On their first possession of the second half after forcing a three-and-out from the Pats, the Chargers were facing 3rd-and-8 from their own 36 when Rivers delivered a laser to a wide-open Vincent Jackson at the New England 42. Like his teammate Hart in the first quarter, Jackson leapt unnecessarily and basically confounded himself, dropping a perfectly thrown ball. Instead of a 22-yard gain and a first down, the Bolts were forced to punt. (Jackson would later fail to dot the I in the back of the end zone on Rivers' most beautiful throw of the day, costing the Chargers six.)


    7. Eric Parker, butterfingers/bonehead
    The Chargers still led 14-10 in the third quarter and looked to be getting the ball back with good field position when Parker struck again. First he muffed the punt at his own 35, but he seemed to catch a break when the ball settled just to his left for an easy cover-up. But instead of merely falling on the football, Parker tried to pick it up and advance it. He never got the chance. Antwain Spann drilled him, the ball squirted free again and the Patriots' David Thomas recovered at the 31, setting up a New England field goal ... made all the easier by ...


    8. Drayton Florence, brain freeze
    Shaun Phillips sacked Brady on 3rd-and-13 and despite a propitious bounce of the ensuing fumble right into left tackle Matt Light's arms, the Patriots were still looking at a 52-yard field goal. Enter Florence. After the play was over, right in front of the line judge, Florence ran up to Daniel Graham and head-butted him in the facemask. Fifteen yards, first down. Stephen Gostkowski would end up converting a much-easier 34-yarder. Chargers 14, Patriots 13.


    9. Marlon McRee taketh, then giveth back
    The Chargers led 21-13 with six minutes left and the Patriots facing 4th-and-5. McRee had played fairly brilliantly for the first 54 minutes of the game. Then came the nightmare. After bobbling Brady's fourth-down pass — oh, how Charger Nation wishes he had just dropped it — McRee hauled in the pick that looked to have buried the Pats. But as he began to return the interception, Troy Brown reached in and stripped him. Reche Caldwell dived on the loose ball and the Pats were resuscitated. Had McRee just knocked the ball down or taken a knee upon securing it, the Bolts would almost certainly have won.


    10. Mentally challenged challenge
    Desperately wanting something not to be true is not sufficient grounds for squandering a timeout and challenging a play that is not going to be overturned. McRee clearly gained control of the ball and clearly fumbled it before hitting the ground. With the challenge, Schottenheimer squandered a timeout that sure would have come in handy as his team tried to even the score with 1:05 left and no timeouts. With Antonio Gates failing to get out of bounds early in the drive and the team looking a little unsteady in its one-minute drill, the best San Diego could do was an ill-fated 54-yard attempt by Kaeding.
     
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    If Norv can change these things I will change my avatar and make a sig proclaiming his greatness for as long as he is with us!
     
  3. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    what is this CRAP!!

    Haven't we lived that day over and over and over


    LONG ENOUGH!!!

    :icon_sad: :icon_sad: :icon_sad:
     
  4. Chavez

    Chavez Well-Known Member

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    You couldn't have made something up any better than this.
     
  5. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Apparently not... :no:
     
  6. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    [​IMG]

    I'm gonna watch the replay on my Tivo tonight. Thanks for drumming up such fond memories, Conc. :tdown:
     
  7. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Anything to help.:lol:
     
  8. AnteaterCharger

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

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    come on man i didn't near to see this!
     
  9. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    NEVER FORGET! NEVER FORGIVE!
     
  10. exodus

    exodus Well-Known Member

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    You know, my old man still complains about the game against the Cowboys when we couldn't score in the last minute from 1st and goal with 4 freakin passes. That game sucked. Hard. So did the patriots game. But there's nothing I can do about that now.:icon_shrug:

    Instead I will show up on opening day and scream my *** off and prolly get yelled at by somebody for cursing too much and hope that we win. I can't yell at the pats anymore...
     
  11. LaDeezie21

    LaDeezie21 BoltTalker

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    The funny thing about it is that most of the things on the list are brain farts by the players. And who was blamed for those brain farts? Marty was. somehow Marty had to coach these players on things that they've been doing all of their football careers dating back to pop warner. As good as our players are they seem to be overwhelmed by the pressures of the postseason. Does anyone notice this? same thing happened when they played the jets. It's not a coaching problem it really is a player problem. I know I'll get crucified for this but it's true. The players need to be held accountable as well. They are the ones playing and they are the ones who were in GREAT positions to make plays in the game as listed above, yet FOUND a way to give the game away!! Does anyone else think that the New England game should of been a blowout victory by the Chargers? I do. But from the begining of the game you could tell that it wasn't the Patriots scheme that was working against us it was our own players inability to control their emotions that did. I hope that this doesnt happen again this year because they aren't getting any younger.
     
  12. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    They left out the interception thrown from the 50 yard line one first down!!!
    That was a very poor decision of Rivers part!!!!:icon_evil:
     
  13. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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    First the BOT, now this, why dont we just go back and revisit every Playoff loss.
     
  14. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Remember the one a few years ago... the Jets? Martyball. Kaeding's missed FG?

    OUCH.

    :icon_rofl:
     
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  15. zatoichi

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    Two things that you forgot to mention (which were the faults of the coaching staff):

    1. Giving NE the uncontested touchdown at the end of the first half

    2. Poor clock management at the end of the game. We saw this in the Seattle game. Rivers looked lost in that game and almost pissed the clock away if it weren't for that flukey play to VJ. In the NE game, we saw the same thing: Alot of time wasted, figuring out what to do, how to line up, while time ticks off the clock. A decent coach would have prepared the team for that kind of tight game. Hell, in some situations, teams are able to get two scores in the time it took us to laboriously move to mid-field!

    Anyway, need to focus on getting smart and motivated players. The Chargers can't afford to beat themselves.
     
  16. !~BOLT~!

    !~BOLT~! Well-Known Member

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    the way i sleep at night since the game is the fact that we wouldnt of had rivers or merriman the next game anyhow or possibly the entire playoffs, thanks for awaking the beast conc.
     
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    Excellent...man I hate Kiper. Thanks for the laugh.

    I just hope ESPN shows the clip of the Colts GM bashing Kiper years ago when he criticized one of their picks. It's one of the things I look forward to every year during the draft.
     
  19. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    GREEEAT IDEA!:tup:

    Be right back!
     
  20. foober

    foober BoltTalker

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    Learn from your mistakes is another good term. Or the term, don't forget what it felt like to loose.

    Don't know why you can't forgive. Especially a mistake. Even yourself has made a mistake. Never forgive sounds like something a wife would say.
     
  21. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    NEVER!

    SCORCHED EARTH BRUTHA!!!!



    :lol:
     
  22. foober

    foober BoltTalker

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    YOU must be related to my ex girlfriends. They still bring up anything I did wrong decades ago.
     
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  23. Thumper

    Thumper WHS

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    I hate you Conc! :icon_evil:

    Why did you have to post this? :no:
     
  24. Ride The Lightning

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

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    Because he's a coldhearted dick.

    :icon_evil:
     
  25. VAN DE MAN CHARGER FAN

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    this was a real eye opener for me, this whole time i was just pissed about the loss(only when ppl brought it up otherwise it was behind me) but now i realize its all to blame on the D-backs and ERIC PARKER!

    now maybe im exaggerating but parker had 3 on this list and the d backs had 4. thats 7 totaly amongst them!
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    thank god the draft is coming up we can fix some of this crap
     
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  26. boltmanbz

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    ahha sounds like everyones ex girlfriends, maybe he is really a chick? LOL
     
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  27. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    word...
     

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