The San Diego Chargers have a great theme song, San Diego Super Chargers. (EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s great if you’re into the musical stylings of the 70′s). Too bad the head coach and quarterback have turned the team into the San Diego Stupid Chargers. That’s because, as Forrest Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
For those who have followed my radio show and blogs, you know I’m not a fan of Norv Turner. When the situation dictates being aggressive, he coaches conservatively. When the situation dictates being conservative, he coaches aggressively.
Case in point Monday night, when the Chargers had the ball on the Chiefs 15-yard line and less than a minute left in a 20-20 game. The Chiefs were out of timeouts, so all the Chargers had to do was kneel on the football and allow Nick Novak to kick his 5th field goal of the night for the win as time ran out. Instead, Turner called some sort of “real” play and Rivers fumbled the snap, the Chiefs recovered and went on to win the game in overtime.
The play was right up there with a NY Giants decision 35 years ago. Leading the Philadelphia Eagles, 17-12, all the Giants had to do was kneel on the football. Instead, Joe Pisarcik botched a handoff to Larry Csonka, and Herm Edwards (yes, this Herm Edwards) scooped up the ball and returned it for the winning score in a play forever known as the Miracle in the Meadowlands.
Of course, even with the dumb play call, Rivers should’ve been able to hold onto the snap, but he didn’t. It was yet another mistake in a season filled with mistakes by the 8th year pro, who has thrown seven TD passes and 11 interceptions. At least he’s been consistent, throwing two picks in five of the Chargers seven games.
A win would’ve given San Diego sole possession of 1st place in the AFC West and a sweep of Kansas City. Instead the Chargers now find themselves in a fierce battle with the resurgent Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders. The Giants never recovered from Pisarcik’s infamous blunder. I won’t be shocked if the San Diego Stupid Chargers don’t either.
THERE IT IS!