Dean Spanos, You Are A Disgrace

At this point, it’s not even about whether Norv Turner gets fired.  But this “will they/won’t they” soap opera is pathetic.  First it was “No playoffs, no Norv.”  Then it was about whether they won their last 5 games.  Then it was “Detroit will decide his fate.”  I would have rooted against winning at Oakland if I thought for one second that Norv might return.  How fucking sad is that?  I can’t even get the small consolation of us bouncing the Traitors out without worrying that it would come back to haunt us.  The best thing I read today on Twitter was that the Chargers played 4 teams all year that ended up over .500.  They went 1-3 against them.  If they needed yesterday’s game to get into the playoffs, they would have lost.  That’s the mentality under Norv Turner.  But at this point, it’s Dean Spanos I am most angry about.  Is there any accountability with this team.  Albert Brooks, as Dick Ripley in Out of Sight, is the photo to your left.  That’s funny.  Deano is not.  When you are the head of an organization, you need to inspire confidence and be decisive.  It isn’t even about the effect that Norv does or does not have on this team.  It hasn’t worked and the only thing these 5 years have produced are excuses, a fired defensive coordinator and special teams coach.  Each year there is a new excuse.  Fuck you, Dean Spanos for making me no longer feel like a Chargers win is a good thing.

Honestly, I agree that AJ is just as responsible as Norv.  Shit, he is the one that hired him and is so smitten by him.  Remember how there were reports that they were “giddy” to get a coach no one else wanted.  Now Norv is throwing AJ under the bus by suggesting that we don’t have enough impact players on D.  He wore his OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR Super Bowl ring from Dallas?  This is so unbelievably sad.  I don’t care if Rivers likes Norv.  Yeah, I know Rivers is very much responsible for us missing the playoffs.  I was the one who said he should sit for a game, remember?  But we don’t even have a strong enough leader to pull that off.  I know it’s not unusual for a coach not to know if or why a player is pulled.  Norv did it with Mathews and apparently Rex Ryan didn’t know why Santonio Holmes was off the field.  He benched himself against the Chargers, by the way.  It didn’t matter, because we couldn’t win that game or any other one that would have gotten us into the postseason.  While teams like the Jets, Bucs, Colts, Dolphins, Jags and Rams are making or contemplating making movies, we are actually entertaining the idea of standing pat yet again.  It’s not even about Norv, but about this team’s acceptance of mediocrity and stubborness/stupidity in trying to peddle this shit to the fans.    I, for one, won’t take it.  If you thought I was pissed this year, you have no idea the shit storm that Spanos is going to see unless he grows some brains and/or balls pretty quick.  I know I am hardly alone on this.  Talk to you soon.


About Ross Warner

ROSS WARNER is a forty-five year old freelancer whose credits include Sports Illustrated OnLine and Blitz as well as numerous articles on his favorite band, the Grateful Dead. Blah, Blah, Blah. Yeah, I was on WNEW FM the morning after the Chargers made the Super Bowl. Having returned from Pittsburgh only hours before, there I was at half-court at Madison Square Garden in my #12 jersey and wiping my sweat with a "Terrible Towel." When asked about the future for the newly-crowned AFC Champs, I simply uttered "justice is coming." Like so many others, I first took notice of the Chargers during the "Air Coryell" period of the late 1970s. But as Dan Fouts gave way to Ed Luther, Mark Hermann, Babe Laufenberg, Jim McMahon, David Archer, Mark Vlasic, Billy Joe Tolliver and John Freisz my fanaticism turned to obsession. When Stan Humphries resurrected the franchise in 1992, I began calling the Chargers organization to share my plan to get the team into the Super Bowl. This began the stormy rapport with the Chargers' Public Relations staff which reached a boiling point at a 1996 "team spirit" luncheon when I demanded that guard Eric Moten explain his propensity for holding penalties. It was then I realized I needed my own forum. Founded in 1995, Justice Is Coming is precisely that. To decide whether this site is for you, ask yourself these questions: Do you think of Johnny Unitas as an ex-Charger? Are your three children named JJ, Kellen and Wes, with one of them being a girl? Do you think that Rolf Benirschke got a raw deal on the daytime "Wheel of Fortune?" Can you remember where you were on December 3, 1984 when Bobby Duckworth fumbled the ball attempting to spike it on "Monday Night Football?" Does Al Davis, a dark alley and a lead pipe mean anything to you? If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, then you, too, believe that Justice Is Coming. This is a weekly look at the San Diego Chargers through the eyes of someone who spends most of his time thinking about the Bolts so you don't have to. But being a Chargers fan is not an obligation, although it sometimes feels like it. So I offer you this "alternative perspective." All the football, film and music collides in the centrifuge that is my brain and this newsletter is the result.