With the season of giving coming up, the San Diego Chargers could use all the gifts they can get.
Norv Turner is used to having his team in a rut early, but struggling this far into November, it is clear the Chargers need some help. Let’s take a look at what Santa can expect from this wishlist for the Chargers.
1) To stop being “Norv-ous”
On top of a majority of Charger fans’ wishlists is the resignation, or outright firing, of Norv Turner. Heading into a match-up with Denver, Norv is just 21-20 since 2010. Norv’s career record is a less than mediocre 115-122-1. We get that he is, or was, an offensive genius, but looking at men like the Harbaugh brothers and Bill Belichick(ugh), it takes so much more to be a productive head coach. Cut ties with this guy or else this franchise will be headed back to the mediocre days of the late 90’s.
2) For the GM to get the pink slip
We applaud AJ Smith for giving us the players that provided us with those exciting years the past decade. Players like Shawne Merriman, Nate Kaeding, Luis Castillo, and Philip Rivers all had their moments of stardom. However, with the exception of the QB, all those players are gone, two of which have been punished for cheating. Add to that the Hall of Fame and highly talented players he let walk right out the door (Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson, Michael Turner, Vincent Jackson, and Darren Sproles). AJ has lost his touch and it’s time for the Chargers to lose him.
3) For more powder blue
If you’re going lose in several disappointing ways, at least look good while doing it.
4) For Philip Rivers to stop turning the ball over
It is quite shocking to see the downfall of a star quarterback happen so rapidly. To be fair, it’s not all his fault. Analyst, (yes, an analyst now) Tomlinson, said it right on XX1090’s Darren Smith Show when he stated that after losing two Pro Bowl lineman (Marcus McNeil and Kris Dielman), it’s hard to stay upright and play the same way you did when you were dominating. To be fairer, it is his fault if he’s making poor decisions in crucial moments in a game. Turning over to the backup QB is not the answer, just stop turning the ball over.
5) For Jared Gaither to sit out permanently
The Chargers picked this guy off the waiver wire when they were hurting at left tackle. He provided impressive performances right away. The GM saw this as another “trash into treasure” moment for him and signed him to a four-year deal. Nine games into this season and Gaither has only played four games. Worth noting is that in the fourth quarter of the game against New Orleans, he was clearly hurt on a crucial down, didn’t bother to call for a sub, and then gave up a sack to end their comeback. Time to move on and just let the kid Mike Harris continue to shine.
6) For Dean Spanos to make a final decision
If you’re going to move, then let someone know. Rather than renewing the lease at Qualcomm year by year, just say you’re staying or going. We would rather be disgusted with the decision to move to LA than be fed rumor after rumor about the situation.
7) For Ryan Mathews to break out NOW
We have seen glimpses of what Mathews can do. However, everytime it gets to the point where he’s going to bring the run game back to San Diego, he either disappoints by fumbling or staying on the sidelines after getting banged up. Perhaps having Tomlinson here for years spoiled us, but in the NFL when your number is called you have to be ready. Mathews has the talent, he just needs to find that consistency. If not, the “you can’t run!” chants we hear at Qualcomm might as well be directed towards the home team.
8) For them to sign a go-to wide receiver
Losing Vincent Jackson hurt big time. When he was here, I was not a fan. But I find myself missing him more and more when I see Robert Meachem drop wide-open passes or cringe when Rivers throws the ball too high to Eddie Royal. Chargers need that monster go-to-guy that can make clutch catches and be depended on in the red zone. When Antonio Gates is being double covered, you need someone else to help you out. If Smith is still here, Dwayne Bowe or Mike Wallace are WRs a Charger fan can only dream of.
9) For a new official mascot
With word that the Boltman has retired, it is time to get a new, fun face for the San Diego Chargers. Some lame ideas I can think of are: Thunderbolt, a cloud that rumbles around the stadium; Thunder and Lightning, two guys dressed up in full on blue spandex (think Green Man) with bolts on their chests; or go with the safe animal dressed in chargers gear. Maybe a dolphin. Just try not to be lazy and rent out the San Diego Chicken.
10) For an AFC West Championship
The Chargers have a lot of work to do if they want to win their division. It does not help that Peyton Manning is proving his critics wrong out in Denver. Looking optimistically, a win against the Broncos and another one of San Diego’s late season pushes could very well make this wish come true. You would usually want to see a wish like “Super Bowl appearance,” but not the case after the past two years. Why such a mediocre wish? See wish number 1.