The San Diego Chargers were unable to rebound after their historic loss to the Denver Broncos on Monday night football two weeks ago. Coming off a bye, the Chargers traveled to Cleveland and have now gone six consecutive quarters without scoring a touchdown. How long can Norv Turner keep his head coaching job with the San Diego Chargers at this point?
Turner’s job has long been in question with the Chargers. He inherited a team which went 14-2 in 2006 and the team has simply regressed over the years under his tenure. The Chargers have been known for slow starts under his leadership but he is now two years without a playoff appearance and reaching post season this season looks equally as bleak. The Chargers have now lost four of their last five games and Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns has to be considered a low point. The Chargers have been outscored in the second half of their last three games 52-7.
The Chargers fanbase has been disgruntled with this team for years, and frustration is reaching a boiling point. San Diego wants a new stadium, but the current Chargers organization is putting nothing on the field to make the locals support this franchise.
Recent drafts have been a bust. RB Ryan Mathews, despite all the annual promises of a breakout season, still seems injury prone and has trouble holding onto the football. None of the homegrown stars are retained, talent leaves every season via free agency. Case in point, WR Vincent Jackson.
Yes, Jackson had some off-field issues during his time in San Diego, but he wanted a long-term deal. San Diego decided they were not going to pay him, he moved on to Tampa Bay. The Chargers signed former New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem for their deep threat. Meachem has 12 receptions on the year for 189 yards and two scores and dropped a potential game winner this afternoon. Vincent Jackson on the other hand has 29 receptions for 626 yards and five scores in Tampa Bay. San Diego will see Jackson in two weeks.
Yes, the weather was horrid in Cleveland. Cold weather, torrential downpours, wind, but each team had to play in the same conditions. The Chargers could not muster one touchdown against a one win Browns team featuring a banged up rookie running back and a rookie quarterback under center.
The Chargers had their opportunities to win the game. A dropped ball by Meachem. Another by Antonio Gates. A failed fourth down conversion by Jackie Battle. Details. Details. Details. Good head coaches pay attention to details, Norv Turner does not.
Perhaps the only bit of good news for the Chargers is that despite the terrible weather conditions, QB Philip Rivers did not suffer any turnovers. Rivers has eight interceptions in his last five games and six fumbles on the season.
After the monumental collapse against the Denver Broncos two weeks ago, head coach Norv Turner suggested that the loss could be blamed on him. He seemed lackluster in his explanation against the Browns in his post-game presser Sunday afternoon.
“You saw it. I saw it. This is a team and we go out there and trust each other and play together. I know everyone out there is giving everything they have, and that’s what I’m talking about. We had opportunities to make plays, and in a game like that, it’s not a game that’s freewheeling and high scoring. When you get an opportunity to make a play, you have to do it.”
The Chargers are now staring up at a surging Denver Broncos team that appears poised to run away with the AFC West. They play again on Thursday night, against the Kansas City Chiefs, another one win team and a divisional opponent.This is a team which should be sitting at 5-2 and atop the AFC West.
Instead, They appear once again to be struggling to find an identity and hoping for another .500 season. Familiarity breeds contempt and it’s time for a change at the head coaching position of the San Diego Chargers. The players have become too comfortable with the coaching staff and vise versa. It’s time for a change.