The Monsters Are Due On Murphy Canyon Road

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.



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.