Sunday, January 17, 2010

First Look: Marty Could Have Done That

So where do the Chargers go from here? The Chargers have had no problems getting to the playoffs, winning the AFC West. Performing in the playoffs is another matter.

And the Chargers are no better off to where they were when they fired Marty Schotteheimer in the wake of another embarrassing playoff loss to an inferior oppenent.

Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith will start looking for replacement coaches if he is true to his word. Well, if Smith does not get the boot, either.

Sure, you can reason that Turner did not miss three field goals. But Marty did not fumble an interception against the Patriots in 2006, either.

Schottenheimer was fired because he could not win the big game. Turner is proving to be just another chip off the old block.

And fitting that the loss came against Rex Ryan and Brian Schottenheimer. The coach they could have hired, and the son of the coach they should not have fired.

The problem with the Chargers is similar to the problem that USC had under Pete Carroll. These loose, player-friendly coaches are good when things are going well. But they are doomed the moment that they face a disciplined, well-coached football team. Look no further than all of the penalties that the Chargers racked up. False-start penalties at home? Blowing two time outs in the first half, which could have set up another score before the intermission. And how many unsportsmanlike conduct penalties where there?

Turner does not have a style that will win in the NFL. (Thankfully, we will not have to win in a world where Turner is considered a good coach.) The Chargers look like the Barry Switzer coached Cowboys.

Turner should be fired, but he will not be. The Chargers have about one more season of glory before those coordinators in Kansas City turn that program around. And what is really sad is that this was likely LaDainian Tomlinson's last game with the Chargers.

Well that, and the Colts are going to waltz to another Super Bowl because they were able to avoid the Chargers. Just like 2006.

13 comments:

Fletch said...

Hard to put this on Turner when Nate botched 3 figgies that he woulda made during the season. That was a world-class choke job by my favorite fantasy football kicker. Thank god he never performed like that during the regular season.

Yeah, the Chargers weren't very overwhelming during the rest of the game (that Revis pick was retarded, though), but hard to win a close game when you leave 9 points on the board.

Fletch said...

And hey - in the interest of equal time, I expect you to blast the KWM. What a stinkbomb by the Cards.

buckyor said...

That Nate Kaeding went to Iowa explains pretty much everything you need to know.

kid vegas said...

Yeah that was pretty terrible, not to mention those losers cost me my over.

I had a bad feeling when they marched out Kaeding the first time, I remembered his previous playoff disasters, but by his third field goal everyone in the stadium (sans Turner) knew he was going to miss, plus they were down 10, a good coach goes for it on 4th and 2 there, but then again noone has ever accused Turner of being a good coach...

DAWUSS said...

Anything but Colts-Saints for the Super Bowl. That will be All. About. Manning. And to make it worse, I'm still living in Indianapolis. ...at least I don't have to worry about the Colts going 19-0...

The Hatriot said...

Hey, easy on Handsome Norv. It's not his fault the team has "San Diego" in its name. Asking a team from Tiajuana's Hat to win a big game is like asking Kurt Warner to stop placing a higher value on frozen blastocysts than real flesh and blood human beings! Speaking of Mr. Losing Record In Superbowls, as far as I know he's still got testicles and you've still got a bucket and scrub brush, so CHOP CHOP! Oh and speaking of cities and QBs that can't win the big game, nice going Dallas. JFK's frontal lobe thinks you didn't show up when it mattered.

IndyColts2 said...

Ron Burgundy could better motivate the troops than Norv Turner but Lunar Landscape Face didn't miss field goals but he did have Phillip chucking a pick from inside the 5...setting up a short field for a team that can't drive the field! The MFL (Manning Football League) didn't want class acts like Rivers or Merriman in the SB anyway! Hey Philip...you made it to Miami...enjoy the Pro Bowl! Stay Classy San Diego!!

Bain said...

I'm no statistician, but I'm putting Hat's violated percentage at around 38, maybe a 39.

Sanchez needs another sensitivity course.

kid vegas said...

Ha, Bain is right Sanchez definitely had the rape eyes going after that win. Maybe P-Riv and Kaeding should take a page from his book, after you get away with a few hundred rapes, you aren't going to feel any pressure from a football game...

RockFromSoCal said...

San Diego proved once again that Super Bowl titles are not won in September. Is it Norv's fault Kaeding choked? That Merriman was invisible? That LT can't outrun a glacier? I put this one on AJ's door step but you know Norv's going to take the fall for this loss.

Bain said...

Even though the Kurt Warner Latrine won't be around to force his and Butt Ugly's fundi politics down our throats this year, CBS is allowing Focus On Family to run an anti-abortion ad featuring Tim "Saint Motorboat" Tebow during the Super Bowl.

Last I checked, the Focus loonies ain't too keen on abortion in the case of rape. Here's hoping Sanchez is on the field when they cut from that commercial.

DAWUSS said...

And that's the same network that once rejected a pro-LGBT ad.


I know - Tony would have personally wrecked CBS assunder if they aired that...

Bokolis said...

You could see that the bolts' players were shook. Their body language screamed that they were tired of being hit and had lost faith in the game plan...and that was when they were winning.

It might be Norv's fault that the players had no faith in the game plan.

And, it's definitely his fault for going onsides kick, eschewing the known scenario: 3 Jets runs, punt, ball on 30-40 (assuming Sproles didn't pop one) with a minute left. He walked into a go-for-it scenario. I'll bet that, during the timeout, Norv was squinting like hell, hoping that fat guy across the field was Mangini.

But, is it Norv's fault the bolts got tired of being hit?

Is it Norv's fault that the Jets RB was able to streamroll the DB, yet still accelerate to pull away for a TD?

Is it Norv's fault that the fake LT played like a (Caring Understanding Nineties Type)?

With that new contract, Norv is now your Eli, without the ring.