“Teams in Town–Time for Trauma”
CHARGERS….The early season woes continues for a team many thought could be an AFC-power. They lose to the winless Denver Broncos. Quarterback Philip Rivers throws another interception in the end zone. RB-Austin Ekeler fumbles at the goal line going for a score-again. The defense gets gashed for big runs and gives up some big plays thru the air early. RB-Melvin Gordon plays for the first time since ending his holdout and looks out of sync, breaks off no big plays, and takes playing time away from the productive Ekeler. .And another kicker misses another field goal as the teams kicking woes moved into the 3rd straight fall. Rock solid C-Mike Pouncey exited the game with a neck injury, continuing a trend of losing a starter a week. You hope he is not out long. How bad was it Sunday. Against an (0-4) team that came in with no sacks and no takeaways, the Chargers turned it over 3-times, gave up sacks and hits, and went 8-striaght possessions without scoring an offensive touchdown. Not good, not good at all.Oh by the way, a lot of Broncos fans show up in Carson for what was supposed to be a Bolts home game, leading the CBS-broadcast crew, led by Jim Nantz-Tony Romo to talk multiple times that the Chargers have ‘no home field advantage’. They’re not winning and week by week the Dean Spanos decision to vacate San Diego for what was supposed to be the riches of the LA market look like a disaster-growing,season by season.
AZTECS….Rocky Long has been know for great defenses. What we saw Saturday night might be the best outing his crew has had in his years in San Diego. When they were done in the lopsided win in Ft-Collins….SDSU’s defense put up staggering numbers. 3-interceptions…1-fumble recovery…4-sacks…2-4th down stops including a goal line stand..holding the run game to (2.6YPC)…and possibly the most athletic back seven SDSU has ever seen from the linebackers and secondary. It was as if SDSU had 13-men on the field. They were everywhere. And this was against a Rams team that was averaging )501YPG). A (4-1) record ou too the gate, but there should be concern on the 2nd floor of the Fowler Athletic Center. But there is something they must consider, In those coaching offices, they have to find a way to uncover a more explosive offense.
USD….They look poised to make a run for another Pioneer Conference championship. The Torerors QB-Reid Sennett, who threw for (341Y-3TD) in a win over Marist of New York. He now has 12-TDs in 4-games…enroute to a 30-TD season if not more, and possibly a berth in the 1-AA playoffs.
UCLA…How low can you go? The Bruins are (1-5). Chip Kelly is (4-14) as head coach. They just lost to lowly Oregon State, in the Rose Bowl, or rather got their heads handed to them by the Beavers. Hard to believe, the man who built Oregon into a national power, with a (46-7) record in Eugene, can’t recruit any longer, can’t design an offense to succeed, and has a pitiful defense. An amazing fall from grace, with no explanation as to why this is happening. Is UCLA going to be patient? Will they eat the contract? How far down is this program?
USC….They’ve now gone thru 3-quarterbacks at Heritage Hall this season, wiped out with injuries. Clay Helton is holding onto his job by a thread, and the Athletic Director Lynn Swann, has already been removed by the new incoming President. Not a good atmosphere to operate in right now.