March 01, 2012

NFL Offseason Preview -- San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers 2011 Record:  8-8 PPG For: 25.4 (5th) PPG Against:  23.6 (22nd) 2012 Cap Number:  $111,960,165 Draft Position:  #18 Pick Masochist: A person who is gratified by pain, degradation, etc., that is self-imposed or imposed by others. Let me tell you something; when you voluntarily bring Norv Turner back despite massively underachieving with what is clearly the most talented team in your division, you are, by definition, a masochist. Because while this is certainly not the same team that won 14 games under Marty Schottenheimer, it has way too much talent to miss the playoffs two consecutive years. The job Norv has done is completely and utterly unforgivable – except that we’ve already established that the Chargers top brass are all masochists. They must love the pain of seeing lesser teams win the AFC West. They must love degrading themselves to the level of the Raiders and Cardinals. And yes, it’s all self-imposed. The day they decided that Norv Turner would be a better choice than Marty Schottenheimer was the day the Chargers franchise ceased to be relevant.

All that having been said, the AFC West is so pathetic that even Norv Turner might be able to win it this year. If the Chargers can retain the majority of their offensive talent and retool the defense, they will likely be the favorites once again. Doesn’t mean they’ll actually win anything – we know how good Norv is at underachieving! – but it does at least make them worth talking about. For now.

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