A.J. Smith finally admitted something that fans of the San Diego Chargers have known for years. They are just happy to hear that he knows it as well.
After yet another disappointing loss to begin another disappointing season, Smith came out took responsibility for the struggles that continue to plague the Chargers.
“We have some outstanding, talented players on this team and some outstanding coaches across the board,” Smith said. “But obviously we cannot play as a team. We appear to not be able to handle adversity or finish games. Individual and team confidence appears to be going south.”
Gee, I wonder whose fault that is? Telling players that they will go from seeing fewer carries to fewer games to another team probably isn’t the best thing for a player’s confidence.
“I take full responsibility for the present mess this team is in at this point in time,” Smith added. “The construction and direction of this organization is on my watch. In the next 10 games we will either rally and see a slow, steady rise from the ashes to a division championship – or the beginning of a new era in Chargers’ football.”
I only have two issues with this statement. First, Smith should not strictly be taking responsibility for the current mess. He should take responsibility for the past seven or eight years. The Chargers have been a mess for many years now.
But, in Smith’s defense, he should not shoulder all of the blame. That should also fall on head coach Norv Turner.
Then again, Smith hired Turner and continues to keep him employed, so maybe he should take more blame.
After blowing a 24-0 lead at halftime against the Denver Broncos at home on Monday Night Football, Smith said what every Chargers fan was thinking.
“It was an embarrassing and humiliating performance by a team going in the wrong direction fast,” Smith said.
No arguments here.
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