In a season where the San Diego Chargers could have been 9-3 at this point in the season, they find themselves at 4-8 with their hopes of the postseason pretty much on life support.
If the Chargers organization was looking for a way to alienate fans even more, especially after keeping general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner on for one more season, they sure have found it.
With their fourth straight loss, fans will be turning their outrage to a whole new level.
This is the fourth time this season the Chargers have blown a fourth quarter lead.
After suffering a embarrassing Week 6 loss on Monday Night Football to the Denver Broncos, fans bombarded the Chargers' website with comments expressing their frustration.
Chargers Director of Public Relations, Bill Johnston, posted a response entitled "Take a Chill Pill."
Here is how the piece began...
"What’s with you people?
Yes, Monday night’s loss was bad. Horrible. Embarrassing.
Ok…enough already. No mas. I get it.
Now get over it. It was a loss. One loss.
Listening to some of you out there, you’d think Monday night was 'win or go home' and the Chargers are now packing their bags."
Well Mr. Johnston, you better get ready for the barrage of angry comments you will receive from frustrated Chargers fans tomorrow because Sunday night's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals was a "win or go home" game.
This season has been a disaster, and we Chargers fans we will not "get over it!"
So, Mr. Johnston, what will be your response tomorrow?
Will you once again blame it on the fans for being critical of the team they love?
How about further alienating Chargers' fans for voicing their opinions of the team they've supported through thick and thin?
Mr. Johnston finished his article with, "Your team is 3-3, tied at the top of the division, and has 10 games to play. If the Chargers are your team, get behind them and stay behind them. We’re all at our best when we know others believe in us."
Those 10 games that he mentioned in the closing of his article have resulted in one win and five losses with four games left to play.
The best record the Chargers could finish with is 8-8, and barring a mathematic miracle, will miss the playoffs for the third straight season.
In the post-game press conference, the Chargers' head coach once again showcased his blasé demeanor, citing the Chargers, "inability to run the ball" and "lack of a pass rush" that once again attributed to the teams demise.
The game did have a couple of bright spots.
Wide receiver Danario Alexander, who has made an instant impact since being claimed off waivers, had six catches for 102 yards.
Safety Corey Lynch, who replaced Atari Bigby (on the injured reserve list) this week, recorded 10 tackles and an interception.
The Chargers will travel to Pittsburgh next week to play a Steelers team still in the hunt for a wild card spot.