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Published on 09/22/2009 at Tue Sep 22 09:02.
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San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner speaks at a July news conference.  (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner speaks at a July news conference. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

San Diego Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner and I have never really seen eye-to-eye. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but perhaps it has something to do with him coaching two of my least favorite franchises in all of sports in this decade.

Let’s let bygones be bygones. After all, his comments on Monday make it clear that Norvy and I are finally on the same page:

“I don’t think right now we (the Chargers) are as good as you that cover us think or expect us to be; I don’t think we’re as good as what our fans want us to be,” Turner said Monday at the start of his weekly news conference. “But I believe we can get there. We’ve got a lot of work to get there.”

But-but-but… the Chargers are destined to “mop up the anemic AFC West” by Thanksgiving (according to that AP report)! They have the most talented roster in the NFL!

Another season, another premature crowning of the San Diego Chokers. No doubt they’ll come storming through December again, but when is the mainstream media going to learn that, under Norv Turner, the Bolts just aren’t that good?

And this might shock 90% of said mainstream media, but let me break the news anyway. Brace yourselves, media, are you ready?

The Chargers were 8-8 last season.

I know, I know, who wouldn’t panic when a team that finished .500 last season would be .500 through two weeks? Hey, sometimes the NFL is just funny like that.

My point isn’t to declare the Denver Broncos a playoff-caliber team; we just don’t know yet. But the Chargers certainly don’t look like one, either.

Apologists will point out their glut of injuries.  It’s true that NT Jamal Williams, the anchor of their 3-4, was placed on injured reserve. RB Ladainian Tomlinson is screwing over everyone’s fantasy football teams again, while offensive line starters C Nick Hardwick and RG Louis Vasquez are also missing time.

The funny thing is, watching the tape, it’s clear none of those guys were playing at an elite level anymore anyway. Williams certainly isn’t the best nose tackle in the league anymore, and the offensive line was a sieve in Oakland, with and without Hardwick and Vasquez.

Meanwhile, LB Shawne Merriman, who was supposed to be kicking off Revenge Tour 2009, is invisible out there, failing to register a sack and only tallying six tackles in two games.

This All-Pro-infused roster, healthy or not, just doesn’t exist. They have the best quarterback in the division, hands down, and that will make them dangerous, but when the mainstreamers proclaim them “talented across the board” they should really be saying “overrated across the board.”

When you take a long, hard look (that’s what she said) at this Chargers team, there is certainly talent at different spots. But it’s not all-encompassing, and it certainly isn’t dominant. Frankly, the offensive and defensive lines are a weakness at this point, and should be ranked behind the units both in Oakland and Denver (again, through two weeks).

Jump off the bandwagon, everybody. The Chargers were an 8-8 team last year. Hell, they were 5-8 at one point last season. They’re just not that good.

And since we don’t know how good the completely overhauled Broncos are yet… Yes. This anemic division is up for grabs.

Turner: Bolts not as good as outsiders think [Associated Press]
Chargers DT Williams out for season with elbow injury []

  • Estes2SD

    Well said Kyle – the coach, the players, the organization and most importantly the Fans are a bunch of bums. Not to mention the “Q”, the poorest attempt for nick naming a stadium is a complete joke. 75 Degrees and sunny is the only thing the Chargers should look forward to this year.

  • T-Money

    I just hate the chargers. The walk with a cocky attitude and it bugs the crap out of me. I don't like to see people get hurt by when the chargers lose… It's the greatest feeling… and win you top it with a bronco win… orgasmic.

  • lax65

    damn it. i couldnt get an account with my name. what is up with that? this is some conspiracy against me isnt it!

  • lax65

    oh this is Kerry by the way. anyway to change my screen name??

  • BroncoBoy19

    I cant wait until we play the Chargers this year. I bet it's going to be a good game and after it's over maybe the Broncos will get more attention throughout the league!

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    I think u go to My settings. Then u click on information and change your Display name. After that u just save your changes.

  • steeplebomb

    Chargers: perennially overrated. Perennially underperform. This is news? They were supposed to be amazing last year too. Either way, thanks Norv. I'm sure this will go over well in the Dolts locker room. Looking forward to this game.

  • kerry

    ah thats better. thanks.

  • kerry

    yeah and their uniforms are ugly too. lets beat the Raiders first.

  • kerry

    “We Suck” yeah thanks there captain obvious Norv Turner. Norv has only wrecked every team he has taken over. i hate Phyllis Rivers. but i do like Vincent Jackson. formerly of the Northern Colorado university. and Darren Sproles is DANGEROUS. those two are the big worry.

  • flbronc

    norv even looks like a whiney d-bag.

  • Garrett Barnes

    I'm glad someone besides Broncos fans see it. I'm especially glad their head coach sees it too.

    The Broncos aren't anything that special this year. Maybe next year, but not this year. The Chargers aren't too special either.

    btw, I love the new comment feature.

  • troyn

    How Norv is still a head coach in the NFL is beyond me. Other than beating our broncos on a pretty consistent basis of late, he continually leads the most underachieving band of mopes in the league. I hope one thing Mcdaniels changes is our recent propensity to get blown out by the bolts. I have a feeling this years team will at very least give up a lot less points to SD.

  • flbronc

    you're right about giving up less points for sure. lets hope that we can score more than them too!

  • mikebirty

    I've always questioned the Chargers' personnel strategy from the last off season. They're on the wrong side of the slope – 14 to 11 to 8 wins in the last three seasons and based their entire reloading season on the fact that simply having Merriman back would make them better. Can you imagine if all the Broncos had done on defense was sit there and say – well next year Champ will play 16 games so we'll be much better.

    Love the new comments :)

  • TD30isMVP

    They may suck but they have owned us for a couple years (aside from the first game last year) I worry about Sproles, I would rather face LT.

  • Kevin Allen

    The 1st Defensive test begins this week, then we really get to see what we have.

  • AtomicLeo

    Norv has a job because the GM in SD, AJ Smith, is a controlling a$$hole who doesn't want a coach with a backbone.

  • Ed

    They always start off slow. Come November…watch out.

  • Name

    you can rip on the nick name of the chargers stadium as much as you want, the fact of the matter is that the chargers have won the west for the past few years. you can make excuses that your team wasnt put together or in a rebuilding phase, but when it comes down to it, listen to exactly what you're saying. your team has sucked in the past few years and broke down when it mattered most. I understand your hate for SD, i am a SD fan, and honestly fuck the chargers, fuck the gm for hiring norv ever, worst coach in history. fuck some of the high name no hearted players that only play for pussy and a paycheck, but the one things SD has is loyal fans. a lot of band wagon fans but every team has that, the broncos had it when they had elway, now the chargers have it b/c they keep beating your sorry asses every year.

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