Chargers-Colts: San Diego Coaching Staff Proves They Know Their Stuff

Ian PhilipAnalyst IIIJanuary 13, 2008

Unsurprisingly to me, the Chargers won their Divisional playoff matchup Sunday against the Colts in Indianapolis.

The game could have gone either way, but if Marty Schottenheimer was the Chargers coach . . . let me leave Marty alone.

I love the guy, but his teams just aren’t poised enough to succeed in the playoffs.

After reading some of the comments on some of my recent articles, I was tempted to stick my thumbs in my ears, wiggle my hands, and sing nah, nah, nah, nah, nah...I was right!

I might actually be smarter than the average bear! 

I don’t think so. I was totally incorrect about Norv Turner earlier this season when I blasted the Chargers for the hiring of this complete bozo.

Turner has prepared this team to play well without LaDainian Tomlinson AND Philip Rivers. The Colts were not prepared to defend guys like Billy Volek, Legedu Naanee and Darren Sproles (on offense).

Turner had enough foresight to see this nightmare scenario coming months ago.

There were a few key injuries and homer calls that went against the Chargers. The Chargers overcame them on the road against a good team and a hostile crowd. 

That was all due to impressive coaching.

This is what I wrote about Norv before the season:

Norv Turner's tenure in Washington was one of consistent winning.

If you throw out the two rebuilding years in Washington when Norv took over the bumbling 4 – 12 Redskins, Norv Turner lead the mostly Gus Frerotte run team to a cumulative regular season record of 40 – 36 – 1, and 1 – 1 in the playoffs between the 1996 and 2000.

This is what I wrote after Norv led the Chargers to a 1-3 start:

Unbelievable!!! How can the Chargers be this bad!!?? This is ridiculous. If AJ Smith doesn't get rid of Norv Turner, he's not serious about winning the Super Bowl.

That's the bottom line. I don't care what it costs, this team is NOT getting the job done.

I have never been so badly incompetent in assessing a football situation (when I said Norv was a winner). This team is flat out horrible!

These guys have turned the ball over so far this season, probably as much as they did ALL LAST YEAR! Get this buffoon out of here and take Cottrell with you.

Little did I know I was being incompetent in assessing what was happening at the time.