Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/17/12
The Carolina Panthers "Chargers East" embarrassed the San Diego Chargers, 31-7 on Sunday. San Diego has been on a downward spiral since the week six Monday Night Football "double-header" versus Denver by losing to Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Denver (again), Baltimore, and Cincinnati. The team has only bested Kansas City (really, who hasn't), and, frankly, surprised everyone on the planet by beating Pittsburgh on the road in week 14.Former San Diego defensive coordinator and now Carolina head coach Ron Rivera and former Chargers' assistant head coach, now Panthers' offensive coordinator Rod Chudzinski seemed to know EXACTLY how to stop San Diego. Although, in the past three seasons, anyone could have stopped Norv Turner's redundantly predictable play calling.We thought we had seen it all, but there are more lessons to be taken away from this week's loss.1. AJ Smith should have NEVER let go of Mike Tolbert who carried the ball nine times for 40 yards with two TDs, including the high-flying ...
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