“Chargers-Tremendous Game-Terrible Loss”
It was relentless, it was ruthless, it was dramatic, they left it all out there on the field, but in the end, it was another Chargers loss.
The Sunday setback in Denver, where the Bolts did everything but win the game, is typical of what this season has become.
A quarterback with great courage, a running back growing into big time status, and a pass rush that gets after it.
But that’s all San Diego, for there is nothing else there to hang your hat on.
Philip Rivers took a fierce pounding, 4-sacks, 13-hits, 11 pressures, 3-interceptions.
Melvin Gordon broke off a couple of big runs, and stood in there and slugged, even when there was virtually no running room.
The wide receiver’s crop looks spotty. Make a big play here and there, but drop balls, and not be very trustworth.
The offensive line played pporly. Rivers had to move off the spot all day, got hit, and had to run for his life. Goodbye accuarcy, but he never gave up.
The defensive front did all it could in the blitz package, and stood tall stuffing the run.
But the deficiencies were all over the place.
The linebackers cannot cover receivers. The secondary, aside from Casey Hayward does not cover well.
Punt returns continues to be a misadventure.
Josh Lambo had a kick blocked, missed a PAT, and the team failed to convert a 2-point conversion.
Coach Mike McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt have to be held accountable for not being able to establish a better protection package for Rivers.
And the play calling turned out to be fatal, when they had the ball at the 2-yard line, and shunned the run, to throw four passes, all incomplete, especially since Melvin Gordon had a 100-yard day and was wearing out the Broncos defense.. Goodbye potential win.
The Chargers playoff hopes for the most part are over. There are 9-teams ahead of them in the standings, fighting for AFC spots in postseason.
Does this loss, after the win in Atlanta, change anything about the status of Coach Mike McCoy? Probably not.
The team plays hard, never gives up, just does not have enough players, notably on defense, with all the injuries, and more injuries are piling up.
What I don’t to see is anyone giving Mike McCoy a contract extension between now and the end of the season. If you must, let him coach out the final year of his contract, and see if he can lead this team to better times, with all the injured players they get back healthy next season.
McCoy’s me are (1-11) vs AFC-West teams the last two and a half years. They’ve lost 8-in a row on the road in the division. And likely, no games in postseason ‘again’.
No such things as moral victories in the NFL. As Bill Parcells would say, ‘no medals’ for trying.
The biggest crime in all things Chargers, is the fact Philip Rivers is headed to the off-season with just 1-playoff win in the past 9-years.
The organization and his coaching staff have failed him over the years. You just need to check the scoreboard to see that.