You scared frightened rabbits, you. You're sick people, do you know that? You're sick people, all of you. And you don't even know what you're starting here because let me tell you, let me tell you, you're starting something here that, that's what you should be frightened of. As God as my witness, you're letting something begin here that's a nightmare!
If you've seen the Twilight Zone episode in question, I think you'll agree that those words are pretty applicable here. The Chargers played scared after the touchdown was overturned. There is no excuse for the Chargers not trying a run on two consecutive plays when they had two timeouts. I thought for a moment from my perch in the upper deck that the Woodhead play might stand, but it doesn't matter. There isn't a team in the NFL that doesn't try to punch the ball in there. Mathews is only part of the problem. In Oakland, the Chargers tried to run the ball on 4th with Woodhead and it didn't work. But even in the opener, they made it clear that they weren't using the running game in the red zone. I Tweeted that they really should try it when they got down there and was told by other fans that since we were winning it didn't matter. But they got away from the run in that game and blew it. In Tennessee, they ran Ryan Mathews on a play that they couldn't possibly have thought he'd get a first down on and lost it. Earlier in that game, Keenan Allen caught some shit because of a pick that negated a TD. However, I'd assert that he caused the TD and when you are using so many passing plays down there you are asking for trouble. You are making it harder on yourself than it needs to be.
I know LT was on the radio saying that since we weren't controlling the line of scrimmage all day, it wasn't such a bad idea to throw. That's bullshit. When Rivers threw that second pick that was meant for Allen, I was saying how they should still be running. This game could have been like the Giants game of 2009. It would have brought momentum. Maybe I should have left early because Washington was there and you didn't have the balls to take the game. That's it.
I understand how fans like Jeff can be devestated and then say "well, we're not that good so what did we expect?" They dug themselves out of a hole and put themselves in a perfect position. They were so afraid to fuck up that they shat all over themselves–again.
There is no Norv or Marty for us to blame and yet we're still talking about this. Does Dean Spanos ask coaching candidates if their balls crawl up inside their scrotum when things get critical?
There is a lot more to criticize about the game. Garcon and Morris aren't ever going to be as good as they were against us. Cox got benched like Cason did against the Jets. But it didn't matter. Just as Gilchrist was no better in 2011, we don't have a savior on the roster now. Like the fumbled snap at Arrowhead, there was a sketchy offensive pass interference call. The 2011 call was on Gates, as you recall. But it all came down to the end. I understand why McCoy or Wisenhunt would be wary of Mathews. After his fumble in Philly, I thought there was no way he or the team would have recovered. But there is nothing that Ryan Mathews could have done at the end of the game that would be worse than what we saw.
Darren Smith alluded to the second down call where it seemed like Rivers may have changed the call. If you listen to McCoy, it was a "run-pass option." If Rivers was told to do anything but hand off, I have put some blame on PR. But he showed some balls in the fourth quarter driving the team down. I was saying in my seat that you don't deserve to be in the playoffs if you fold in spots like that. I actually saw none of the Jets/Saints game, but at least the Jets don't choke. They get blown out, but they at least dare to fail. We fail to dare. I can't believe they still haven't learned their lesson. I wonder if Washington was watching us with these words from the aforementioned Twilight Zone episode in their heads.
They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find, and it's themselves. All we need do is sit back and watch.
They might come back against Denver, but I'm not sure I can rebound. I'll watch, but I can't imagine getting past that last 22 seconds.
Oh yeah, I met my boyhood idol.