Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 11/1/11

SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 15: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers wears a headset on the sidelines in the game with the Seattle Seahawks on August 15, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Unlike the past few years, the San Diego Chargers started their season strong; leading the AFC West Division and racking up four wins early in the season. For a team that started last season at 0-1 before quickly sliding to 3-5 by this time last year, that’s a great record. The game against the New York Jets looked promising with the Bolts taking an early lead and ending the first half strong. So what happened? Why does this keep happening to the Chargers? Last year, Philip Rivers stood out on a team that was losing a lot of  games (just barely, but still losing) as an outstanding quarterback and leader. This year, despite a team that seems to have more talent and more promise than almost any other team in the league, as we’ve approached the halfway point of the regular season, this team seems to be falling apart, and not just on the field. Through all of the mud thrown last week between the Jets and Chargers head coaches and the post-game mud thrown by unhappy ex-teammate Antonio Cromartie, what stands out the most is this: Why didn’t Coach Norv Turner and Philip Rivers stand by their teammate McMichael and defend his statements to [...]
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