WOW! Where to begin? Like most Charger fans, I too was really surprised the team made it as far as it did. I mean, Merriman was out the entire season due to knee surgery. It’s got to be tough to lose such a defensive leader. Likewise, Tomlinson was suffering with a badly jammed toe most of the season and Gates was also injured with an ankle for a lot of the season. That had a huge negative impact on the team’s offensive tempo all year.
Having said this, however, it was great watching guys like Rivers, Sproles, Jackson, Floyd, Weddle, Cooper, Chambers, Jammer and Scifres step it up. Shhh… don’t say anything but even Nate Kaeding is almost out of the dog house. And towards the end of the season guys like Hester, Cason and Gregory contriubuted nicely.
Note: RIVERS…. WOW! He is a true leader and I love his fiery competitiveness. Some say he talks to much, I LOVE it; it shows his passion for the game.
So, back to the game yesterday. The Chargers fired out of the gate and scored so fast it made Pittsburgh’s head spin. Then after that, NOTHING. Speaking of nothing, I have never in my entire life seen such a lopsided quarter as was the 3rd quarter where San Diego ran ONE offensive play? WTF? Ron Rivera is clearly a defnesive mastermind, but what I watched was seriously sad. Although I really want to, I just can’t forget about the mishaps (i.e the tipped pass which led to an interception immediatley following a killer punt return by Sproles, the special teams collapse allowing Holmes to return a punt for a touchdown and when the football hit Weddle on the head after a nice punt, which led to yet another turnover). DOH!
Oh well, I guess the only thing I can say is that the Steelers played a more complete game from start to finish (Offesnse, Defense and Special Teams). Congratulations to the Steelers and their coaching staff. For us, there is always next year!