“Chargers–The Nightmare Never Ends”
They are coming off their bye week.
Things should be getting better, but at first glance, they are not.
Will they ever?
The Chargers are (1-4), the lone win could have been a loss on opening day to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Now because of the juggling of the schedule, they had a bye week.
Very badly banged up, I think the bye week fell into their lap at the right time, with virtually all their key defensive players ailing …offensive lineman in and out of the lineup, and a group of skill guys banged up.
So much for wishing and hoping things would break their way. No luck at all.
The last time they played, the loss against Tampa Bay and then the Saints, they finished the game with 8-to-9 starters out of the lineup with injuries.
The bye week did not solve much of the mess.
The only thing in their favor, the next segment of the schedule.
Woeful Jacksonville, with a 5-game losing streak comes to town. They then get the chance to play the Miami Dolphins, breaking in rookie QB-Tua Tagovailoa. Still to come, Denver, in a slow rebuild program. And the lowly New York Jets, on track to go (0-16).
So the Bolts might be able to turn the corner, if they were healthy. Don’t see it happening.
Yes they have the kid QB-Justin Herbert, who has been sparking while walking down the learning curve.
But now the bad news, the hamstring injury to do-everything RB-Austin Ekeler is worse than feared, and he is a long ways away. His replacement, young RB-Justin Jackson has a knee issue, his third different nagging injury since camp.
It’s been 9-days since WR-Keenan Allen injured his back. He has done limited work in practice. How is he going to hold up? His running mate Mike Williams, makes plays, then gets hurt.
RT-Bryan Bulaga still has back issues and is limited, meaning he might miss his 3rd straight game, and if he plays, how long does he hold up?
RG-Trai Turner is not practicing, with on-going groin issues. A likely third game in a row on the sidelines.
Now wide body NT-Linval Joseph is ailing with elbow problems, something that plagued him in Minnesota for years.
Joey Bosa has soldiered on with 3-different injury issues, the latest an ankle and a bicep which has limited him.
His running mate DE-Melvin Ingram just got off the IR, but no one knows if he will be on the active roster Sunday coming off the knee injury.
They have never replaced safety Derwin James, the lost CB-Chris Harris, and were already without LB-Drue Tranquill.
It’s ridiculous. One year the offensive line is wiped out devastating then QB-Philip Rivers. Another year they lose virtually all their RBs, leaving Rivers with his arm alone to try to win games.
Injured kickers, battered linebackers.
They just cannot find a solution to this ongoing crisis.
Coach Anthony Lynn is coming under fire. He is (6-15) since the Chargers last playoff game. The franchise is spiralling down like it did after Mike McCoy’s quick start.
Coaching takes you only so far. Healthy players can take you farther.
Maybe the Bolts put a win string together against the garbage that is coming up on the schedule. But I caution you, this is the same franchise that lost to an (0-13) Browns team four years ago, just before McCoy was blown out.
Part of me feels bad for good people still working for that team. I think Herbert is a star in the making.
But part of me thinks back to what Dean Spanos did to the city of San Diego, and 55-years of loyal fan support in America’s Finest City, and feel like yelling “Sucks to be You”.
Chargers football, in LA, where the fans don’t care, and now the team is failing again.
“The Nightmare never ends”.