The 7-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns on the road was yet another indicator of just how bad the state of the San Diego Chargers’ organization is.
Just two weeks removed from the team’s PR director lashing out at fans in a fit of misdirected anger, the Chargers laid another egg against one of the worst teams in the NFL. But these Chargers aren’t the underperforming, disappointing Bolts we’ve all come to grow frustrated with over the course of the last several years.
This team is just that bad.
The Chargers aren’t very good at football anymore, and a quick look at some developments over the past year with respect to its personnel tell the story. Losing a Pro Bowl-caliber, No. 1 receiver in Vincent Jackson and replacing him with a guy who didn’t crack the starting lineup for his old team in Robert Meachem was the first part of what made them worse.
Next, the team lost continuity on its offensive line, and while Marcus McNeill could have been part of the problem, the new-look line is nowhere near the solution. In fact, they’ve taken steps backwards. Finally, the team’s success begins and ends with Philip Rivers, and he’s been downright terrible. From poor decision-making to childish and petulant on-field antics unbecoming of a leader, it all equates to a poor team and awful product.
All of those things start with the coach and general manager. And guess who that is?
Good ol’ A.J.Smith and Norv Turner, the guys that team president Dean Spanos backed when they had no business getting any support for putting poor product after poor product on the field each year. There’s no excuse for the way the Chargers prepare week in and week out, and it’s embarrassing. It’s inexcusable, and there’s no scenario that makes sense for the coach and general manager to remain employed for the duration of 2012.
The loss to Cleveland wasn’t just bad, it was the kind of game that gets people fired and players cut. It’s time for the Chargers to follow the precedent and take some action.
Michael C. Jones is the Editor of Sports Out West. You can follow him on Twitter @MikeJonesTweets.