Sitting at a stunning 1-3, the Chargers remain upbeat heading into this weekend’s game at Denver. For the past four weeks the tone of the team seems to be that they are close to hitting their stride, this despite a 14-point loss last week at home to a Chiefs team that until last weekend had an offense that looked like it was out of the 1930’s. The heat is on for head coach Norv Turner and the team this week, and the players continue to promise that they will play better.
“A couple plays here or there, we’re sitting here 3-1,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “I know that doesn’t make anybody feel any better; it doesn’t make us feel better. But it does let us know when we look at the tape how close we are.” Rivers is part of the problem. Last season his QB rating was 92, with 22 TD’s and 9 interceptions. This year through four games he has already thrown six picks, and just five TD’s, including two on Sunday vs the Chiefs. The passing game is averaging 221.5 yards per game.
The next big issue is the defense, which last year with Wade Phillips stopped teams early and often, but this year have been porus. They are allowing 351 yards per game, 25th in the league, and are giving up 25.5 points per contest. “You look at the way guys are practicing; you look at the way guys are working; you look at the attention to the details in the meeting and the preparation’s there,” DE Luis Castillo said. “It’s not about the way we’re preparing. It’s not about the way we’re practicing. It’s not about speeches. It’s not about motivation. We’ve just got to take care of the details.”
The details in the passing game, running game and defense are missing. Does San Diego have enough to turn it around in 2007? Another let down this week at Denver and they sit at 1-4, and the preseason talk of Super Bowl will start to turn to calling even more for the heads of Turner and GM A.J. Smith.