While listening to the post game reports and waiting for my pasta to boil for dinner prior to the Bills/Patriots game (while I was crocheting an afghan for my sofa to calm my nerves after a really frustrating Chargers’ loss), I actually heard Cris Collinsworth utter something that made sense. With respect to LT’s lack of productivity thus far this season, the main factor is the disrespect by opponents toward the Chargers’ passing game.
Hence the reason for the offensive slump, and, most importantly, Philip Rivers’ troubles. Collinsworth very accurately pointed out that when Rivers is rushed, he doesn’t have the opportunity to plant his feet and successfully complete a pass. His improvisational play is pretty poor. As a result, defenses are focusing on the probability that San Diego will run the ball, typically with LT, and are able to successfully stop him short of any real gain.
So listen up John Ramsdell …do whatever you have to do to get Rivers to do what you got him to do last season. You know, when the Bolts were the best team in the league at 14-2 and had eleven Pro Bowlers, including Rivers. You know, last year, when Rivers had 3,000+ yds, 22 TDs and only 9 INTs. If it means ignoring Norv, then, by all means, DO IT. (Yes, I’m a bit perturbed.) Go on and turn Rivers into a QB great like you did to Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger.
Oh, and while you’re at it, I know you used to be the Rams’ WR coach as well, so please, would you and James Lofton do something with our WRs??!! The dropped balls have got to stop (are you listening Vincent Jackson?? I love you man, but you need to hang on to the ball.) Chris Chambers has had some fabulous grabs, and Buster Davis is coming along; but the inconsistencies are glaring.
Football gets me through the holiday stress; however, this year, the Chargers are contributing even more. I’m too young for hypertension. Come on guys, I’m your number one fan (no, not in the Stephen King-“Misery” sense), and if you care about your fans, you’ll find a way to win out the season, beat the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, and win your first Super Bowl. I know you can do it, but do you?
(Rivers in trouble….)