With the Chargers season formally over, the workforce lastly eliminated the tumor that was its coach and basic supervisor, firing coach Brandon Staley and GM Tom Telesco. After one other dismal exhibiting, amid a miserable season that caps a now discontinued and pitiful tenure, the Chargers’ fortunes are certainly to alter, proper?
Sadly, the group won’t ever be cancer-free till it’s rid of proprietor Dean Spanos.
It’s arduous to say what number of followers have been devastated when Justin Herbert introduced season-ending hand surgical procedure this week, but when I needed to rank the teams disheartened by the information, I’d guess No. 1 is fantasy soccer gamers (regardless of Herbert’s down season by his requirements). Coming in second could be Oregon Duck supporters, then informal soccer followers, and lastly, in a path place to this point behind that they’re barely seen, are Charger fans.
The group who must be essentially the most upset that one of many league’s few bona fide franchise QBs is languishing away on a company that nobody cares about, in a metropolis that may’t be bothered, is the NFL. There are at the least 15 groups, some in playoff rivalry, who would swap quarterbacks with the Chargers proper now, injured Herbert and all.
You knew the Bolts have been headed for a foul place when Austin Ekeler called out coaching and teammates following the team’s Week 1 loss to the Dolphins. The 36-34 defeat was considered one of 5 that got here by one rating this season. Whereas watching Staley juggle chainsaws is at all times entertaining as a result of extra usually then not it finally ends up with a dismemberment, this sort of franchise mismanagement would’ve elicited a commerce request in most different skilled sports activities leagues.
Thursday evening’s 63-21 shellacking by the hands of the lowly Raiders was additional proof that this workforce is Herbert, slightly Ekeler (who did request a commerce within the offseason earlier than prying a contract out of Spanos) and never a lot else. The Chargers’ greatest receiver is 31-year-old Keenan Allen, Mike Williams has a collection reserved on the IR and rookie Quentin Johnston has been fortunate to interrupt 50 yards in a recreation.
I like Derwin James and Khalil Mack as a lot as they reportedly liked their head coach, however Staley’s defenses hemorrhaged yards throughout his tenure, and that was supposedly his space of experience. The explanation he didn’t get the hook after the workforce’s epic playoff collapse against the Jaguars in January is as a result of Spanos didn’t wish to pay the cash it takes to exchange a poor teaching rent.
So the workforce went into this season with solely the requisite coordinator adjustments one makes once they’re attempting to salvage a head coach’s job. Kellen Moore was introduced over after being fired from the identical place in Dallas, and LA elevated Derrick Ansley from defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator. Spoiler: That failed miserably.
Each models are middling to dangerous, with no stability to both. They’ll’t run the ball or cease the move, and Herbert wasn’t even that shiny of a spot earlier than he went down. When you take away the Denver begin that he left early attributable to harm, the fourth-year QB nonetheless averaged the fewest passing yards per recreation of his profession this season (about 250, good for center of the pack).
Clearly, if a workforce is having a down 12 months it’s probably as a result of the QB is as nicely, and a few of the dropping is on Herbert, however for christ sake, that is malpractice. I do know I sound like each different analyst and am defending a man with no playoff win, but my respect degree for that group could be the bottom of any membership within the NFL. Contemplating what number of woeful franchises are within the NFL, that’s actually, actually dangerous firm.
The Chargers must be enjoyable to observe, however not in a “What’s Marmaduke going to do now?” sort of approach.
Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow and different younger star quarterbacks have proven that playoff runs will be made in the event that they’re given expertise and training on par with their skills. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Spanos views contending rosters with contempt. Truly, you already know what, I might say that.
He has a disdain for doing greater than the minimal, which must be the antithesis of his technique when different contenders go all in with their franchise QBs. Even notable cheapskate Michael Brown couldn’t speak his entrance workplace out of spending slightly cash to help Burrow.
The Giants, Steelers and Vikings have been attempting to prop up mannequin decoys of quarterbacks for years now, and finally Justin Herbert goes to note, and ask, “Why can’t I’ve good issues, too?” To which Dean Spanos will reply, “Shut up, or I’ll take away your left sort out.”