The Chargers looked like a real life NFL football team on Sunday, as the team rushed for more than 200 yards in a win over the Broncos. Everybody on the Chargers roster seemingly had a rushing touchdown. So this was obviously a bad day for Mike Shanahan.
Or was it?
Even A.J. Smith would have had to relent and admit that Norv Turner blew if the Chargers couldn't muster anything against the pitiful Broncos run defense. So Shanahan probably played it coy, and allowed the Chargers to rush at will against his team, ensuring that Turner was going to be retained to be the coach of the Chargers. Sometimes you can win through losing, and the AFC West will win as long as Turner continues to put up these small, meaningless victories that will keep him employed.
Turner is on pace for that magical 7-9 mark that should win the AFC West and put the Chargers in the playoffs as the first sub .500 team to ever do so. And even the Chargers can fire a coach who took the team to the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Don't look now, the media will start to fawn over the Chargers again and have you believe the ship has been righted.
Which was probably Shanahan's plan all along.