He’s A Complicated Man And No One Understands Him But Bill Polian


Tom’s Draft.

Yes, I know I just made a pretty bad Isaac Hayes parody.  But after all these years, you run out of titles for posts.  I won’t bore you with another half-assed explanation as to why it’s been so long since I last wrote.  The Chargers seem to have put together a pretty good draft, although no one knows what kind of impact it will have on the field this season.  I know this was supposed to be an especially deep draft class, but I still have trouble believing that a fifth-rounder like Ryan Carrethers is going come in and start plugging up the middle.  Yes, I know he was “supposed” to be good.  I saw the same list of defensive tackles that you did before the draft.  He was the last guy left on it.  I really want to believe that a fifth-rounder is going to fill a much-needed hole.  I just don’t want to have another Cam Thomas on our hands.  I can’t believe that Pittsburgh signed “Baby Zilla,” by the way.  Thomas wasn’t much better than Ogemdi Nwagbuo and we literally pulled that guy off the used car lot.

I like everything I’ve read about the recently-signed Jason Verrett besides the fact that he grew up an Oakland fan.  But if he can help us keep the Traitors down like the last draftee to wear that stupid hat, I can’t really complain.  Jeremiah Attaochu seems worthy of trading up for.  Chris Watt is already one of my favorites if he can free us from Jeromey Clary.  Sadly, Clary was clearly missed in the playoff game against Denver.  But that speaks more to how little depth we had on the offensive line more than anything.

As someone who has always been in the “how is this guy still here” camp, I can’t believe that I am know reading articles in his defense.  I expected this from Acee, which is sad.  I understand Kev’s point that it wasn’t Clary’s fault he got the contact he did.  But Acee also claims that “everybody” knew it was a bad deal when it was signed.  Really?  I don’t recall a big deal being made of it, especially by him.  He’s always defended Clary against fans he claim make ol’ bee sting head out to be a scapegoat.  Like Quentin Jammer?  Like Nate Kaeding?  Like Norv?  These were also guys that Acee suggested we treated unfairly.  I think the criticism we’ve given these guys was very fair at the time.

Clary’s injury will open up things for Chris Watt, so we’ll see if he’s still our problem next season.  Of course, I had read nothing but bad things about King Dunlap from Eagles fans and he turned out to be huge for us.  I know it’s only June, but I also know I can’t really turn off my sensors when it comes to this team.  I was enjoying a nice jam with Warren Haynes, John Scofield and Phil Lesh a few weekends ago, when my friend Scotty (a Jets fan) asked me if I thought that Philip Rivers’ window of opportunity had closed.  Instantly, he saw my expression change.

Of course, it was only four month ago that he was trying to convince me that the stars might have possibly aligned for the Chargers in the playoffs.  I see that it’s also not too early for the first “what if Rivers never wins one” articles.  By the way, you can hear and download that Phil show here.

I know I didn’t spend a ton of time on the draft, but what is common knowledge that our top draft picked was already injured?  I certainly didn’t know.  I’m not saying that we should have passed on him, but Mathews had injury questions in college.  Those certainly haven’t gone away.  That’s not a knock on Mathews, by the way.  After early fumbles, he gave us everything he had.  I don’t know if that will mean that we should sign him to a long-term deal or not.  I think this year will make the decision for us.  I still don’t understand why the Chargers didn’t come out against Denver with a game plan that reflected their knowledge that he really couldn’t go that day.  I don’t think that they should have come out throwing on every down or anything.  But the Woodhead runs up the gut were a waste of time.  Again, I didn’t understand why Sproles got those carries in Pittsburgh in 2009.  Bennett was the only guy you had on the roster who could go between the tackles.  Ronnie Brown wasn’t the answer, I know.  That’s why we signed Donald Brown.  But it seemed like the Chargers weren’t prepared for the eventuality of him having to sit.  I don’t care how much “gamesmanship” they engaged in.  They had to know he really couldn’t play.  I don’t know if Telesco signed the younger Brown to supplant Mathews if we let him go.  Tommy seems pretty smart, so I am sure he’s got a plan.

When Brandon Flowers got cut last week, I saw that Chris Hansen of the NFL Network tweeted that it was Clary’s money that would really prevent us from signing Flowers.  I know that Telesco wasn’t looking to be “flashy” in free agency, but cornerback is undeniably our biggest need right now.  Obviously, that was addressed in the draft.  But it is odd that we are still letting Clary eat up so much cap space.  Is it possible that the tweet was actually sent by Chris Hansen of “To Catch A Predator?”  I wouldn’t rule anything out.

fire-norv-turnerSince today is my buddy Eric Stangel’s birthday and since he was the first person to believe that I could write a newsletter on the Chargers I thought I would post this shot of his greatest contribution to the Justice League.  You may remember this from one of Letterman’s Top 10 lists in 2012.  You had to know there was a Bolthead behind it.

I also have acknowledge the passing of Tony Gwynn.  I am a Mets fan, but I know how much he meant to San Diego.  Sadly, the Padres and Chargers have much in common.  I do remember rooting for the Friars in 1984 against the Cubs after they fell behind 2-0.

Anyway, I promise to post more often now.  I am wrapping up my book, Drunk On Sunday.  If I have to self-publish it next year I will be counting on The Legion Of The Lightning Bolt to buy a few copies.  I hope everyone had a happy dad’s day and let’s pour a little of our forties out for Maya Angelou and Casey Kasem.





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.