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Different Team, Different Era, Same Results

It is truly amazing and baffling at the same time.  Glimpses of greatness and potential only to be marred by folly and disaster.  I don’t know if San Diego teams are cursed or not, but I do know this Chargers team under AJ Smith created its fair share of bad luck.

The first step may have been firing a 14-2 head coach.  It did not help the team to pass on players like Troy Polamalu, Clay Matthews, Michael Oher, and on and on we could go.  Smith could have traded Brees and got something of value in return with Rivers waiting in the wings, but he chose not to.  Darren Sproles is now on his way to the playoffs because Smith did not feel he was worth keeping… and under Norv Turner, maybe he wasn’t.  Sean Payton has found plenty of ways to use him.  Did I mention he caught Drew Brees’ pass to set the all time single season passing record on Monday Night football this week?  Just a little more sand in San Diegans’ eyes.  Thanks AJ!  This combined with other terrible moves like trading away top round draft picks for players that make little to no impact in games… like Jacob Hester(Sorry Jake).  AJ Smith does this year in and year out and the team is depleted in depth and skill as a result.  Christ, how did we let Wes Welker go?  How do we have two 1st round cornerbacks and one 2nd round cornerback drafted and only one interception at that position? That’s not good and you can almost guarantee the D-Coordinator will be fired also.

Some people in town have been arguing that we need to keep AJ Smith because he resurrected the franchise.  I think Marty Schottenheimer was more responsible for that along with the people Butler had in place.  AJ Smith got lucky with the Eli Manning snafu, but ultimately San Diego was the unlucky one because we lost Brees and essentially got the most un-clutch kicker of all time, a pre-madonna-steroid dosing linebacker who distracted everyone from football, and Luis “IR” Castillo essentially.  Well, them and Rivers.  I’d still rather have Brees and none of those players!  We would probably have a championship by now.  But noooooo, AJ Smith had to play Trader Jack.

Norv Turner!  Are you fucking serious AJ?  Norv Turner!?  You need to be fired 5 years ago for making this hire.  Every San Diegan knew it would end like this.  Nothing to show and a team worse off.  Why?  Because we could use the internet and see what he did for the Raiders and Redskins.  I realize we were bad and AJ gets a lot of credit for building the team back.  We went to the playoffs like 6 times when the division was horrible.  Let’s not got holier than thou and pretend AJ built a dynasty here.  He built an excruciatingly painful product to watch during those playoff runs that never even amounted to a Super Bowl appearance.  Fuck winning, how about just getting there.  Norv couldn’t even do that with arguably “the most talented team in the NFL”, according to experts year in and year out.  That reeks of change needed!  AJ brought in Norv and should have been tested for drugs when he did that.  They both need to go and here is why.

I have heard form local writers that we should keep AJ because the Chargers are the best they have been ever.  Well, wake up and stop living in the past because we are not good anymore and the talent on this team spells out below average; hence the 8-8 record we’ll end up with this year.  The Falcons have surpassed the Chargers along with the Saints, the Cowboys, the Seahawks, the 49ers, and probably a few more next year unless we get someone who knows how to coach AND win(regular season and playoffs).

If we’re lucky, Rivers might have another 10 years.  The Spanos’s need to move with a sense of urgency.

Turner will go, but Chargers should keep GM… MY ASS!

This is ridiculous!  Nick, I love reading your column but you are way off base here.  Check out some of the many similar comments on this latest article in regards to keeping AJ and getting rid of Norv.

Things were bad here for a period of time in the 90’s and early 2000’s equivalent to the Raiders tenure of dysfunctionality, but that does not mean AJ is the best we can do.  9 people out of 10 could probably have done better in the draft than AJ has done just by picking players as they are ranked… no, I’m not kidding.

Yeah, AJ is good at finding street players.  Would he have to be if he (A) Didn’t piss off his veterans and run them out of town b/c he does not want to pay for value, (B) Didn’t miss so very fucking badly in the draft for half of a fucking decade, (C) Signed free agents(our own or on the open market), or (D) all of the above ?

This is the San Diego football version of the financial crisis.  We deregulated the market by firing Marty and putting Norv in charge.  Everyone new it was a bad idea, but somehow we got taken on this ride.  Things seemed horribly wrong, but somehow it didn’t totally collapse.  Each year there were signs of downturn and instability, but the people at the top had excuses and calmed the masses.  Finally in 2012, it was no longer too big to fail.  Injuries on top of failed drafts year after year combined with subpar coaching led to this collapse.

The Chargers are bumbling and stumbling.  I take no pride in watching my team flounder like fools.  I wanted Rex Ryan.  I wanted Polamalu, Matthews(or Maualuga or Laurinitis or Oher).  The list goes on and my fantasy defense for the bolts would be pretty awesome, but I digress.  This team is not even fun to watch.  Did Norv realize the Bolts would lose if Timmy was within 1 score?  Does he not know the bad luck our sports teams have here in San Diego?  You have to take extra precautions for “idiot kickers” here in SD!  Jiminy Christmas, I can’t believe this shit!

Anyway… thanks AJ!  And Nick, with all due respect… You are wrong sir.  Things are not good and have not been good for a while.  AND… AJ is perceived as a giant Ass Hole and San Diegans want him out of here regardless of the risk/reward potential.  On top of which I’d have to argue that there isn’t much.  His amazing 2004 and ’05 drafts don’t happen if Eli comes here.  Then where are we.  Right that’s a big IF.  How about this… he gave away a Super Bowl champion field general(Brees) and numerous players who wanted to be here.  You could even argue he cost this town a Championship.  You don’t blow up a 14-2 team and get rid of its coach!  You just don’t!

It could be argued either way at this point I guess.  And to be honest,  AJ is such a belligerent A-Hole… SD just wants him out!  With his head coach of choice in the same caravan out of town.