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Swagger, pride? Bolts are missing that ‘it’ factor

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by DenverBolt67, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

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    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/23/swagger-pride-bolts-are-missing-that-it-factor/

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — You come back here to play a game of football against the Jets in a $1.7-billion Maginot Monstrosity they built on a swamp, your 5 o’clock shadow better be showing for 60 minutes. You’d better come with full metal jackets, packing heat and be the hard guys with a spine who put boots on throats and then put people away.
    To be a champion in the NFL, you must look like a champion. And the Chargers certainly don’t look the part, let alone act it. They didn’t before they got here, and they certainly didn’t Sunday during their 27-21 loss to the Jets.
    They have a problem. They don’t have that crispness, that swagger, that athletic arrogance of a winner. Watch them and you keep waiting for something bad to happen. You don’t do that with good teams. They can’t play a full game to save themselves, even when they win.
    Good teams do not blow 21-10 halftime leads against clubs also searching for identities. Good offensive teams at least score in a half. Good receivers on good offensive teams get open once in a while. Good defensive teams stop people, stop the run, stop a heretofore struggling tailback like Shonn Greene from ripping your heart out.
    They’re decent, with their slip showing. That’s about it.
    So now the Chargers finally have beaten someone decent. They’re beaten themselves.
    “The San Diego Chargers beat the San Diego Chargers,” terribly upset tight end Randy McMichael correctly proclaimed afterward. “Nothing to do with the New York Jets. It’s embarrassing, but it is what it is.
    “We had them down and took our foot off the gas. I’m not giving credit to anybody. This is our fault. Nothing to do with the play calling. We took our foot off the gas pedal and we lost because of it. Their secondary isn’t anything. It’s our fault. It had nothing to do with anyone on their team. The guys in this locker room, we lost the game.”
    McMichael, who surely will be on the PR staff’s radar today, was so wild he didn’t even know the team plays at Kansas City or that it’s next Monday and not Sunday. “We’ll get ready to play whoever we play Sunday. They won; I’m not giving anyone credit. I’m taking the credit away from us.”
    Whatever that means. But the Chargers can use about 50 more Randy McMichaels.
    It all starts with the quarterback. Maybe, as rumored, Philip Rivers has a bruised sternum that continues to bother him (if he does, the team hasn’t reported it). It’s something. Because he simply has not been an elite quarterback. His two picks in the second half — one a ricochet off wideout Vincent Jackson that probably cost his side at least three points, the second just a bad throw — gave the Jets short fields. And the Jets capitalized with a touchdown and a field goal.
    Rivers now has thrown nine interceptions in six games. If that’s Philip Rivers, I’m Harry Potter. The Chargers got the ball to start the third quarter and by the end of it had amassed 17 total yards in three series.
    “We are 4-2,” is all Rivers would say. “They came back and beat us. We lost a football game.”
    Did we learn anything about the Chargers?
    “I don’t know if it matters what we learned other than something to fill tomorrow morning’s news,” Rivers said. “All I hear for six months is that the regular season didn’t matter. Now, everyone wants to know what is the matter.”
    Well, it is a fair question, and we know the regular season doesn’t matter only if you make the playoffs.
    Does it matter that Chargers defenders either jumped offside or were caught in the neutral zone six times? Or they were guilty of three pass interference penalties? Young corner Antoine Cason probably had his worst game as a pro. Veteran corner Quentin Jammer whiffed on a big Greene run (Greene came into the game with 314 yards on 93 carries and had 112 on 20 tries Sunday) and celebrated after he thought he made a play that turned out to be interference.
    San Diego actually had the lead 1:49 into the game when linebacker Donald Butler ripped a completed pass out of the arms of tight end Dustin Keller and returned the fumble 37 yards for a score.
    It was great to see tight end Antonio Gates return, and he caught 5 passes for 54 yards and a score on one foot. But head coach Norv Turner is limiting his snaps, and wideouts such as Jackson, Malcom Floyd and Patrick Crayton, who had trouble getting open two weeks ago in Denver, had more of it Sunday against a better secondary.
    And if the defense can’t stop the run and get to the passer, more long days are ahead for these guys. They let the Jets and quarterback Mark Sanchez get efficient on them, and efficient was good enough.
    “I thought we were extremely well prepared,” Turner said.
    They were. For 30 minutes of a 60-minute game. But they’re 4-2. Keep telling yourselves that until they’re 4-3.
    This was a disturbing football game.
    nick.canepa@uniontrib.com (619) 293-1397 • Twitter @sdutcanepa
     
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  2. Joy Division

    Joy Division Slightly-known Member

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    Decent article, unfortunately it was about how much the Chargers sucked it today.
    Seriously though, that sig makes me want to puke.
    I mean, maybe just save it for Raider week?
     
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  3. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    Is the silver and black logo really that bad. I mean I know the faders suck but...
     
  4. JohnnyX

    JohnnyX 2017 Chargers Head Coach

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    Can't miss something you never had.
     
  5. DenverBolt67

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    No prob, it is gone ;)
     

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