Chargers vs. Jets: What to Watch for in Sunday's Train-Wreck Matchup

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  (R-L) Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers shakes hands with head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets following the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Jets defeated the Chargers 17-14. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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As if Week 16 of the 2012 NFL regular season weren't already depressing enough—the realization that football is almost over is starting to sink in—the fans will be subjected to the train wreck between the New York Jets and the San Diego Chargers.

At least the fans won’t be subjected to the awful play of former Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez this week, as the team has decided to start second-year backup Greg McElroy against the Chargers.

San Diego will have Philip Rivers under center and Norv Turner calling the shots, but this could be one of the last games the duo spends with the Chargers.

After the season these two organizations have had, both franchises need to make wholesale changes. Until then, NFL fans get to enjoy the train wreck firsthand.


Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey

When: Sunday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS, NFL Redzone or online at Game Rewind

Listen: Sirius XM Radio: 93 or online at Audio Pass 

Betting Line: Jets by 3, according to Odds Shark


Quarterback Drama in New York

When the New York Jets traded for the services of former starting quarterback Tim Tebow, there were questions about how the relationship between the new backup and starter Mark Sanchez would affect the team and how Tebow would be used.

Just a few months later, the Jets’ train is completely off the tracks.

Not only has Sanchez forced his way to the bench with 25 turnovers this season, the fact that Rex Ryan and New York flat-out refuse to play Tebow has only amped up the criticism of the team.

It’s hard to believe that Ryan and the Jets feel that McElroy gives the team the better chance to win games, so there is obviously something deeper going on in New York.

No matter why things are blowing up, watching chaos ensue will be priceless.


Turnover at the Top in San Diego

While much of the blame for the 5-9 start to the season falls on the shoulders of starting quarterback Philip Rivers, he is being destroyed each week because of the porous offensive line in front of him.

If the San Diego Chargers want to make wholesale changes this offseason, it shouldn’t have anything to do with Rivers; the makeover should include a new offensive line and a new head coach.

Sorry, Norv Turner.

After making the playoffs his first three seasons in San Diego—going 3-3 during that stretch in the postseason—Turner and the Chargers have missed the playoffs each of the last three years, and this travesty of a season will be the final straw.

With San Diego traveling to New York, this could be the last road trip the veteran head coach ever takes with his team. This will be interesting.


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