Too bad one of my favorite shows on ESPN, "Pardon the Interruption" is not on this week. I would have relished hearing co-host Michael Wilbon RIP on the San Diego Chargers missing the playoffs altogether. He has been ripping them all season long and they have deserved it.
I have called the San Diego Chargers the most overrated team in the NFL for a very long time. It is not even close. One of the main reasons I call them that is that they have always had a lot of talent through the years, but have choked in the playoffs. They are worse than the Indianapolis Colts in this regard. At least Peyton Manning has gotten his teams to two Super Bowls. Yes, the Chargers have made it to a Super Bowl, but that was in 1994/95.
Lately, the Chargers have had so much talent, particularly under new GM, A.J. Smith and the team just wins big in the regular season in a crappy division, the AFC West, but gets killed in the playoffs. Look at them in the past several years if you don't believe me.
For example, in 2006, under Marty Schottenheimer, they went 14-2. They had home field advantage throughout the playoffs. What happens? They failed to take advantage of a Patriots team with Tom Brady not at his best. Near the end of the game, Brady threw what should have been a game icing INT. What happens? The Charger DB tried to make a play instead of just falling down with the ball and Troy Brown of the Patriots strips him of the ball , causing a fumble that the Patriots recover. Schottenheimer threw an ill advised challenge flag, and lost not only the challenge, but a time out, and eventually the game.
Well, let's fast forward to this season under head coach Norv Turner. Under Turner, like the past couple of years, the team has been starting slow like the race horse Zenyatta. This year, they started 2-5. I am obviously not a fan, but man, from my knowledge of horse racing, I could tell that one of these days, that come from behind strategy was going to cost the Chargers a playoff spot. I also knew that A.J. Smith's way of doing business (see V. Jackson , etc) was also going to hurt the team one of these days. Well, that day came.
Let me get this straight. The Chargers, with Rivers, Jackson and all that talent could not beat the hapless Bengals?? Really?? I mean, I know the expression "any given Sunday" applies here, but this team was fighting for its playoff life. Of course, if this team is going to play half the season as Wilbon says, they don't deserve to make the playoffs.
COME ON SON!!