Another week, another epic choke for the Chargers.
San Diego keeps finding new and painful ways to lose, this time blowing a huge second half lead over the winless Saints. Up 13 in the fourth quarter, and still come from ahead to choke.
Look, I’m not one to throw that word carelessly; I think long and hard before I call any athlete and/or a team a choke: and I don’t very often; but if it happens nearly every single week, then it’s warranted.
If you had a 13 point lead, at home, against a winless team, and you turn it over twice, late, and it leads directly to the two scores, including the game winner, that’s a choke. They’re 1-3 and all 3 losses have occurred in the fourth quarter. This is a team that can’t finish. And a team that can’t close.
Afterwards, head coach Mike McCoy sounded like a guy who was out of answers.
“That performance in the second half is flat-out unacceptable from the very opening kickoff return all the way to the very end you cannot turn the ball over at a critical time the game when you’re trying to put it away two times in a row so we absolutely gave this one away.”
No kidding, Mike. Your team could be 4-0 right now — hell, it should be 4-0. Instead, you’re 1-3, staring up at Denver, Oakland and the Chiefs and your team is literally inventing ways to get kicked in the junk.
“Seems like each loss we say I don’t know if they can get any tougher than that and then somehow we found a way to top each one this one’s really unlike any I can remember just the way it the way it happened.”
Usually, this kind of start puts a coach on the hot seat. And this is no different.
But can management fire itself? Because this start feels just as much on the guys in the suits as it is on McCoy, Rivers or that injury-decimated roster.
Because it wasn’t the coach or the quarterback fighting over offset language with Joey Bosa. It wasn’t that decimated front seven keeping Bosa out of camp fighting over the timing of his signing bonus.
Because the rookie defensive end STILL hasn’t strapped on his helmet and played in an NFL game and it’s October. What a disaster. And it’s a disaster that we all saw coming.
This was just so utterly predictable. And the fact that the Chargers were willing to go down this road — and do it when they’re depending on the people of San Diego to vote through a new stadium proposal is unbelievable.
But then again, it’s not; it’s the way the Chargers have always done business. And probably always will; never mind that the entire world has changed and they’re the only ones who haven’t changed with it.
And look at the next three weeks — this thing could get ugly. They’re going to Oakland and facing a MUST WIN. The Broncos come to town on a short week, then they’ve got to find a way to slow down the Falcons offense and then it’s right back to playing Denver — this time at Mile High.
Good luck at the ballot box, gents. Just know this, L.A. could barely support one team; there’s no way they can support two and really no one here is clamoring for the Chargers to show up.
The players down there don’t want to move and the fans up here really don’t want them, and the fans down there won’t follow them; what could go wrong. So what you have is a perfect storm and the whole thing is perfectly horrible.