Chargers fans must wonder what they did to deserve this fate. The team was 14-2 last season, post-season participants in two of the last three years, and what did that get head coach Marty Schottenheimer for his troubles? Canned, that's what.
Now, under the "leadership" of Norv Turner, San Diego is 4-4 with virtually the same team Schottenheimer left behind. That team, by the way, includes 11 Pro Bowlers. But expecting Norvell not to muck up a good thing is like asking Philip Rivers not to have a conniption after tossing a pick -- it ain't happenin'.
But that doesn't make the fans feel any better. Luckily, the San Diego Union-Tribune gives them a forum to vent their frustrations. Some of my favorites following yesterday's loss to the Vikings:
The Chargers need to play someone on defense who can tackle. I suggest Kasim Osgood. I also think Antonio Cromartie could take a few snaps on offense."The good news: San Diego is tied with Kansas City for first place in the division. The bad news: Norv is still the coach. And as long as that doesn't change, we'll probably be hearing a lot more from Al Clavin in Carlsbad, and Dave Grosch in Poway. Thanks, A.J.
- AL CLAVIN, Carlsbad
"I now know what I want for Christmas: the 2006 Chargers team. The game yesterday gave us no tackling, no blocking, no inspiration and no Antonio Gates. They were outplayed in every way. It's going to be a very looooong year."
- DAVE GROSCH, Poway