Let’s get this out of the way first:

No, the San Diego Chargers aren’t going to fire Norv Turner this week.

Won’t happen.

That would mean general manager A.J. Smith having to admit he made an error. “Long of No Rings” doesn’t do such things.

Now on to the sad truth:

The Chargers are an embarrassing 2-4.

San Diego has gone 2-4 with a gift six-game schedule that several college teams would’ve swept.

Boise State would have been criticized for playing the same slate and the Broncos would have been dropped in the coaches’ poll.

It is beyond embarrassing that the Chargers were manhandled by the St. Louis Rams during a 20-17 loss on Sunday.

You remember the Rams, right? Yeah, they went 1-15 last season.

Seven days earlier, the Rams were spanked 44-6 by the hapless Detroit Lions.

St. Louis isn’t a team that is supposed to be physically superior than the Chargers. But they were Sunday.

The Rams played hungrier too. And were much-more prepared by their coaching staff.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was sacked a career-high seven times and hurried another dozen times or so.

And the San Diego defense was powerless to stop the Rams when the Chargers needed a stop late in the game. On a third-down play where everybody in the nation knew St. Louis was going to hand the ball off to star back Steven Jackson, he plowed up the middle for nine yards and a game-icing first down.

The run was right where teams used to refuse to venture when the game was on the line. You know, right where Pro Bowler Jamal Williams used to be stationed. Williams was one of the guys pushed out the door in the offseason.

The Chargers are now 0-4 on the road – that falls squarely in Turner’s lap – with the other losses coming to the Kansas City Chiefs (4-12 in 2009), the Seattle Seahawks (5-11) and Oakland Raiders (5-11).

In case the point isn’t clear, the Chargers have lost four games to teams that lost 11 or more games last season. Pathetic.

Do you hear that mouth-watering sound coming from the East? That’s the New England Patriots, licking their chops to see the Chargers next on their schedule.

Tight end Antonio Gates left the Rams’ game with an ankle injury and wide receiver Malcom Floyd suffered a hamstring injury. Legedu Naanee missed the St. Louis game with a hamstring injury and Vincent Jackson is still a holdout.

Yikes – if Craig “Buster” Davis is your second best receiver entering a game, you are in huge trouble.

On the St. Louis side, somebody named Danario Alexander schooled former Chargers first-round pick Antoine Cason for a 38-yard touchdown pass in the opening quarter. Sam Bradford, the top pick in the most-recent NFL draft, looks like a future star.

As for the Chargers, their star is dimming rapidly. They’ve lost the swagger they had a few seasons ago and haven’t adequately replaced all the players Smith pushed out the door.

As with the 2008 season, the best thing the Chargers have going for them is that they play in the weak AFC West. Oh wait – San Diego is 0-2 against division foes this season.

Want to know bad things are? San Diego State has won twice as many games as the Chargers. The Aztecs last had a winning season in 1998.


  1. The Chargers have looked very pedestrian so far this season. The loss of Vincent Jackson, Merriman, and LT has cost them dearly. This is going to be a rebuilding year, and they made a mistake by not trading Jackson to the Vikings for some high draft picks.

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