The San Diego Chargers sit in second place in the AFC West with a 4-6 record. Their season hangs in the balance going into week 12. A loss this week could be an end to their chances to make the playoffs. They play the Baltimore Ravens who sit atop the AFC North with an 8-2 record. The biggest question of the season is which Chargers team will show up on Sunday. Will it be the team of the past few seasons that catches fire and makes the playoffs, or will they fade?
The time has come for Chargers fans to decide: Root for their team to turn this train wreck around to make the playoffs or root for them to fail miserably. To the common fan, it would make sense to root for your team to make it to the postseason. After all the goal is for your team to make the playoffs, right? In the Chargers’ case they have consistently underachieved over the past few years because they have been labeled a favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl and possibly win. They have yet to make it to the Super Bowl and haven’t won a playoff game since 2008. Since their appearance in the 2008 AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chargers have consistently digressed under the leadership of Norv Turner. The common question after the past few seasons has been if Norv Turner would still have a job. For some reason, he has been able to hold onto it despite his teams’ performances. Most Charger fans want Norv Turner gone, but in order to see that happen, the fans must root for the Bolts to fail.
As in the corporate world, sometimes a company has to experience extreme failure in order to see that they need to make changes in their business processes to regain successful. In the Chargers’ case, they need to lose and lose badly in order for management to see that change is necessary. Norv Turner is living off of past success, and it is time for team management to make a change because it is long over due. On Sunday, don’t be surprised if Charger fans are secretly rooting for their team to fail in order to succeed further down the road.
Robert W. Ekberg is a Staff Writer at Sports Out West.
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