There's Still Hope for the San Diego Chargers and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystOctober 23, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  San Diego Chargers Norv Turner looks on against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers are 3-3 and everything seems to be going wrong. If it’s not the on-field struggles it’s off-the-field drama. The Chargers may have thrown an aerosol can of Stickum into the fire, but only three AFC teams have a better record.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego says the real issue for the Chargers is not off the field, but on it. It’s true, a public relations gaffe and Stickumgate are just gasoline on a tire fire. The long slow burn has been the team’s play on the field.

Considering that the Chargers face Cleveland, Kansas City and Tampa Bay over the next three weeks and have only lost games to elite quarterbacks, the Chargers could and should turn things around. According to Jay Paris of U-T San Diego, hope is not completely lost for the Chargers.

A soft schedule over the next few weeks, an unexpectedly tight AFC and a weak division all mean the Chargers could still become a playoff team. If they don’t, it’s a near guarantee that there will be a change at the top of the organization.


Other AFC West News



Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says Brock Osweiler will likely benefit from patient approach.

Per Legwold, John Fox wants to let go of Stickum issue.



Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times says Darren McFadden is much better than his numbers.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle says there are no easy answers to Oakland’s running woes.


Kansas City

The team’s official website has locker room quotes from Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn about the change at quarterback.