Monday, September 15, 2008

How Are You Supposed To React?

I don't even know how to feel.

I don't even know what to say.

For the second straight week, the defense has surrendered more than 30 points. For the second straight week, the defense failed to put any real pressure on the QB for the majority of the game. For the second straight week, the defense failed to stop the run. Before the Chargers can go anywhere, the defense must be fixed.

With that said.....

Blown calls cost the Chargers the ball twice.

The first seemed obvious enough live and at full speed. Chris Chambers and Champ Bailey simultaneously caught a pass, when Chambers' arm hit the ground. By rule, that should a dead ball - Chargers' ball. But the officials on the field ruled it an interception. Norv Turner attempted to challenge the play. Alas, the replay equipment on the field was not functioning, and the officials waited for the requisite two minutes before announcing that the ruling on the field stands.

Bypassing the blown call, there's something that someone needs to clear up for me. The equipment in the booth was working, but the equipment on the field was not. Why is it that the backup plan for the equipment on the field not working is to simply wait an extra two minutes in case by some miracle that it works and then move on? Why not have someone in the booth rule on it? Or someone at the NFL offices, who are all watching the games, rule on it? The only recourse is simply waiting two minutes and then moving on. Completely unacceptable.

And then....... And then.........

The Chargers once again put together a stellar second half performance. Come back to take the lead 38-31. Jay Cutler leads his team down the field to the 4 yard line. Jay drops back to pass, starts putting his arm backwards and loses his grip of the ball. Fumble, and the Chargers recover.

But wait!

Ed "I'm Much More Interested In My Physique Than Officiating" Hochuli blew his whistle on the play. As a result - dead ball at the spot where it hit the ground, and the Broncos retain possession.

Two plays later - TD Broncos. Try for two - Good. Ball game.

What do you even say? How are you supposed to feel? If you've read my blog in the past, you know my feelings on officiating. The Chargers did near everything to win the game. But things were certainly made tougher by the two calls that cost the Chargers the ball.

No amount of complaining on my part is going to change the following reality - the Chargers are 0-2 and currently two games out of first place. The time to turn the season around is now.