Fiat Justitia Ruat Caelum

That translates into "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."  It was referenced in the film JFK.  I think I'm one of the few people who read Jim Garrison's book On The Trail Of The Assassins, on which the movie was based.  I'm just trying to be topical, here.  I have no idea whether the photo to your left was taken in 2007 or 2008.  Edwards coached Kansas City for only those two seasons.  But after Marty Schottenheimer decided to simply have LaDainian run up the middle three straight times to set up Nate Kaeding's 40-yard miss on 1/8/05, I'm not surprised Herm bowing to him.  LT was on the radio this week saying that he thought Ryan Mathews would find more money outside of San Diego.  He forgot to add that he'll also find someone who will use him a lot more effectively.  Tomlinson told the Darren Smith show that he wished he could have mentored Mathews and have him phased in as LT moved towards retirement.  Of course, he forgot to mention that there was no way he was taking a reduced role with the Chargers.  It was only after going to Minnesota and eventually the Jets that Tomlinson saw the market for him as a featured back was nonexistent.

I haven't checked the spread with the good folks at Bet Fair, but the Bolts seem to be a 4 1/2 point underdog according to most.  That's pretty generous given how shittily this team has played of late.  The Bolts have the toughest schedule from here on in across the NFL.  Yet, they could find themselves tied for the final Wild Card spot if they were to upset Kansas City and the Jets were to lose in Baltimore.  Do I have any confidence in that happening?  Absolutely not.  Why would I?  I am sure Mike McCoy will finally realize that it makes no sense to take Mathews out in the red zone and some other problem will rear its ugly head.  This was the same field, after all, where Rivers fumbled the snap.  After last week's loss, the reminders that his only come-from-behind comeback in the last five seasons was on 11/8/09 against the Giants.  But if he hadn't lost the ball on Halloween, 2011 he'd have at least one more.

Rivers isn't entirely to blame, obviously.  It's just that he's still doing (or not doing) those little things that are keeping us from winning.  You could argue that in the beginning of the season he was carrying the team with an obviously depleted talent pool around him.  But now that Keenan Allen has emerged and Green/Gates have proven reliable, it's not as if Rivers is making these guys look good all on his own.  In Jacksonville, he ran for the goal line and came up short.  Against Denver, he slid short of the first down.  Last week in Miami, he started to run (and seemingly would have made it), but then decided to throw only after he had cleared the line of scrimmage.

It just seems like Rivers can't do the right thing even when he tries to right now.  I won't suggest that he's cursed because he's made so many of his own mistakes.  I'd also be kidding myself if I didn't admit that Ryan Mathews is very flawed in his own right.  But Mike McCoy's insistence on taking him out once we hit the ten-yard line is insane.  He ran him in Jacksonville after the team sputtered with Woodhead.  Everyone seemed happy and McCoy looked like he finally understood.  But then came Washington and everything has been shit since.  Under Norv, a loss like Washington would effectively end the season.  McCoy has yet proven to be able to get the team out of the mess that he's helped create.  I saw on Twitter that NFL.com's Ian Rappaport said that "many of the people he's talked to are really impressed with what McCoy has done with so little."  I replied by asking if those same people were impressed with his deicision making in DC and beyond.  I didn't get a response to that. 

The Charles Clay play got a lot of attention last week as it totally epitomized the Chargers inability to tackle.  I have no doubt that they will be better tomorrow, but that's not saying much.  The Queefs may not be as good as their record, but they don't make the mistakes that the Chargers do.  Once again, that's not saying much.  I saw Antonio Gates say that KC has many of the same players, but that they are playing with a ton of confidence.

I also read that KC knows they will get the Chargers' "best shot" tomorrow.  I'm frightened to see what that means.  Obviously, they expect the Bolts to play desperate.  All we've ever asked for is a team with brains and guts.  We've never found the right balance of both.  I'm not sayiing that I won't give up on hope for this season.  I'm still expecting the worst.  However, I'm still believing that McCoy has cost this team some games with his in-game blunders.  Does he deserve the credit for reviving Rivers and the wins against Philly, Dallas, and Indy?  I don't know, but somehow this team has been able to raise and dash our hopes multiple times already.  If we went in to the season thinking we'd be happy with whatever progress came our way, that ended when we went up 21 points against a supposed Super Bowl contended in Houston.

So where does that leave us?  The DC Hangover is still raging and talk of the team leaving hovers like a stink cloud constantly.  I'm not optimistic for the years to come right now and that was one thing I thought might happen when Norv got fired.

However, I could find my outlook brightened with a win tomorrow.  Here's a Fall '89 JGB from Philly which has a few tunes they hadn't done for a few years at that point. 

We'll talk tomorrow..



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.