Broncos vs. Chargers: Why San Diego's Ups and Downs Will Continue

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 16, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers talks to quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on January 1, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It's said that people never truly change.

The same can be said about head coach Norv Turner and quarterback Philip Rivers after the San Diego Chargers' 35-24 loss to the Denver Broncos on Monday night.

Inconsistency has plagued the Chargers like a team that drafts Eli Manning and then trades him for...oh, wait.

At some point, you have to wonder if Turner and Rivers are the right guys for the job. The writing has been on the wall for years for Turner, but Rivers has remained the starter under center on the back of four Pro Bowl appearances.

But Pro Bowl appearances don't mean as much when your team isn't winning games. After leading the Chargers to four straight playoff appearances from 2006-2009, Rivers failed to lead them to the playoffs in 2010 and 2011. Now he's doing the same thing he always does: pulling a Jekyll and Hyde.

Rivers can win you a game and lose you a game in the same breath.

Against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3, he went 21-of-38 for 173 yards with two interceptions. The Chargers lost, 27-3.

Against the Broncos on Monday, he went 25-of-41 for 242 yards while tossing two touchdowns to four interceptions. Denver came back from a 24-0 deficit because Rivers basically threw it away. Three of his four interceptions were in the second half.

So, on one hand, you have a quarterback who is consistently inconsistent. 

On the other hand, this isn't all about Rivers. The Chargers have notoriously been inconsistent as a team for years. That's where Turner's role comes in.

Part of a head coach's job is to unite a team under a blueprint for success. You only have to look at the work Jim Harbaugh has done resurrecting the San Francisco 49ers to know that. 

Being a head coach is as much about X's and O's as it is about having an identity. Unfortunately for the Chargers, their identity is being bipolar. Not exactly the recipe for a Super Bowl-contending team.

If the Chargers haven't learned how to be a consistent squad at this point, they never will under Turner and Rivers. 

Some people never change.

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