Shawne Merriman's only significant impact Monday was bruising JaMarcus Russell's shin, by falling on it. With scandal and injury plaguing the once dominant Merriman, he now walks a lonely path to obscurity, with his past glory fading like the Charger's Superbowl dreams.
Mario Henderson and company stymied any thoughts of Merriman's return to 2006 glory. Merriman began his 2009 campaign with a meager 3 tackles. That's right 3; to add insult to futility, 2 of the 3 are questionably accredited to him.
This is a man once feared, recording 17 sacks in 12 games. A man that could completely take over a game and single handily shut down a offense.
What's not helping Merriman is head coach Norv Turner. Turner is notorious for leaving his team unprepared and undisciplined. He may be a great offensive mind, but this doesn't help his struggling players. I don't think Turner has the capacity to handle a personality like Merriman, and left to his own vices will eventually self destruct.
Even worse for the Chargers, Merriman has company along the way; LT is undoubtedly on his way out of the NFL. While LT's career has not been marred with scandal like Merriman's, both seem destined to play for a team who's history shows can't win the big games.
Perhaps one day, Norv, Merriman, LT and Rivers can all sit around a bonfire, trading stories of almost, sipping tea while enjoying the bitter taste of being an Ex Charger.
c'est la vie San Diego...