Even Stick 'Em Substance Can't Save San Diego Chargers' Season

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers reacts to his false start penalty against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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I was once a believer who was taken in by these San Diego Chargers.

I believed that Philip Rivers had regained his elite status. I believed that the defensive line could carry the rest of the unit.

But I currently find myself having a crisis of faith. 

Against arguably the NFL's easiest schedule (only the Atlanta Falcons have a winning record of the teams on the Chargers' slate), San Diego has won as many as they've lost. That's not exactly a reassuring fact.

In their only game against stiff competition, the Chargers didn't look like they were playing the same game. Atlanta did whatever it liked on offense and limited San Diego to just three points.

In two prime-time games against mediocre teams, San Diego weakly coughed up 10- and 24-point leads. 24 points! 

The Broncos game was the most telling.

Anytime the Chargers had a chance to stop the bleeding, Rivers would promptly turn the ball over. It was as if he was required by law to aid Peyton Manning in any way possible. 

Again, not exactly reassuring.

Now, the Chargers have turned to banned substances as if they were playing a part in a bad '80s movie. Not even Hollywood would green-light such a terrible script. And somebody in that town allowed Jack and Jill to be made.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports tweets:

I'm reporting the NFL is investing the Chargers after they were caught using a banned illegal Stick em-type substance vs broncos Mon night

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 21, 2012

How is this possible in 2012?

The Chargers receivers have such little faith in their own abilities that they have turned to glue to keep their season from falling apart. Quite frankly, I'm upset we never had a moment where the ball wouldn't come off of a player's glove.

So how am I supposed to keep the faith when the Chargers themselves don't believe?